Senior Materials Supervisor

REPORTS TO:                LOGISTICS MANAGER

DIRECT REPORTS:     3

DESCRIPTION

This is a highly responsible managerial position responsible for all aspects of the warehouse. Primary responsibility will be to proactively manage all aspects of the inventory management and control function independently, effectively, accurately and in a timely manner. This position requires organizational, and leadership skills, as well as a working knowledge of ERP system. Supervises receiving and inventory control personnel, and the Material Handling Supervisor. Reports to the Logistics Manager.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The successful candidate will:

  • Oversee daily activities of Materials (includes Receiving, Inventory Control and Material Handling) to maintain accurate inventories of warehouse items by lot and/or serial number.
  • Manage annual physical inventory.
  • Ensure standard practices and work instructions are in place, documented and followed for Receiving, Inventory Control, and Material Handling.
  • Develop and maintain KPIs for Receiving, Inventory Control (including cycle counts) and Material Handling.
  • Identify and develop initiatives to improve the use of technology in the Materials department.
  • Communicate with appropriate personnel concerning any potential material shortages.
  • Coordinate and maintain cycle count program and oversee cycle counting activities of inventory discrepancies of components, raw materials and Viant finished goods in warehouse and identify necessary recounts.
  • Investigate all sources of variances and provide support to correct deficiencies, and recommend remedial actions to prevent reoccurrence of preventable inventory discrepancies.
  • Review slow moving and obsolete inventory.
  • Participate and provide input for process improvements, Lean Manufacturing, and Operational Excellence.
  • Comply with Quality System (QS) and FDA Regulations.
  • Oversee the constant flow of inventory in and out of company’s warehouse.
  • Respond to complaints and queries concerning inventories.
  • Provide assistance and direction to colleagues and subordinates as required.
  • Report and analyze data and present results to manager regarding: inventory accuracy, cycle counts and material handling.
  • Develop, communicate, train and oversee policy and practices for inventory, work orders, and receiving transactions within the ERP system.
  • Troubleshoot transaction issues within the ERP system.
  • As required participate in production meetings and maintain focus on backlog and customer deadlines.
  • Communicate with cross-functional teams to ensure cohesiveness of product flow between the warehouse, supply chain, and production.
  • Maintain organization and housekeeping of all inventory areas.
  • Oversee and ensure the timely and applicable job coaching/training of new employees and cross-training current employees.

REQUIREMENTS

Education/Certification

  • Bachelor’s degree in logistics, business, management, or similar discipline.

Experience

  • 3-5 years’ experience in inventory control and ERP systems and experience in a warehouse environment.
  • 3-5 years managing people to include, coaching, discipline, and training.

Skills/Competencies

  • Strong understanding of ERP concepts and processes.
  • Have experience preparing reports in Excel from data downloaded from ERP systems.
  • Must be an intermediate user of Microsoft (MS) Excel with experience using advance commands such as “sumif”, “vlookup” and pivot tables preferred.
  • APICS Certified Supply Chain Analyst or CPIM preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to effectively communicate with a diverse population.
  • Effective leadership skills: Lead by example and uphold Company values and beliefs.
  • Critical thinking skills: Ability to analyze and evaluate issues to encourage and promote company’s growth.
  • Organization skills: Must be able to organize the team, schedules, and inventories to ensure efficiency in work delivery.
  • Problem solving skills: Must have the ability to anticipate problems and prepare to solve them.
  • Possess excellent analytical skills, ability to juggle competing issues and determine best solution(s).
  • Provide technical and logistical leadership.
  • Address employee inquiries and resolves personnel issues and conflict resolution.
  • Conducts employee evaluations.
  • Administers discipline including Records of Conversation and Corrective Actions, (must consult with Logistics Manager before any disciplinary action is taken).

Equipment Used

Standard office computer, scanners, pallet jack and fork lift.

Physical Requirements

  • Moderate physical activity primarily warehouse related in nature. (Lifting 40 lbs. /carrying 25 lbs.)
  • Position is 50% at a desk and 50% on your feet or walking.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, ability to identify and distinguish colors.
  • Requires the ability to judge distance and space relationships (i.e. visualize objects of multiple dimensions).
  • Ability to work in a well-lighted, climate controlled, indoor warehouse setting with adequate ventilation.

Visual Acuity

  • Worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform activities such as: Preparing and analyzing data and figures, transcribing, viewing a computer screen, extensive reading.

Work Conditions 

  • Worker is not exposed to adverse environmental conditions (as in typical office, warehouse, administrative work)

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ABOUT VIANT

At Viant, we focus on providing end-to-end solutions for medical device OEMs. Our deep materials expertise—combined with our experience in engineering, manufacturing, assembly, packaging, and sterilization—allows us to bring our customers’ healthcare solutions to market. We have facilities across the U.S. and around the world, including low-cost facilities in Costa Rica, China, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Viant provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Viant complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.