ZF Plant Materials Manager in Lebanon, Tennessee
Plant Materials Manager
Division T - Commercial Vehicle
Responsible for the materials functions that includes production planning/scheduling, inventory management, customer service, painting operations, outside processing, providing accurate releases to the suppliers, material handling, and shipping/receiving.
Key leader in the collaborative relationship between engineering, manufacturing and assembly operations to ensure a quality process and product.
Develops and reviews the production plan to ensure that the customer delivery plan is met in the most efficient and cost effective manner available.
Timely management of delivery schedule plan, with an eye toward continuous improvement in existing practices.
Provide customer service to the Lafayette, IN and Queretaro, Mexico plants, including pulling their build plans for the schedulers.
Directs the receipts, storage and delivery of inventory in the plant; leadership of inventory process on regularly scheduled basis and provides leadership to meet inventory targets.
Monitor obsolescence of inventory and make recommendations regarding disposition.
Implement production control systems consistent with lean materials flow systems, including pull systems, kanban, line side delivery, and level scheduling.
Continue to support the use of SAP, utilizing overall ERP knowledge to leverage greater functionality and output.
Set goals, coach and hold accountable materials direct reports.
Coach and encourage direct reports to benchmark and implement material best practices to promote continuous improvement.
Develop and Implement a plan to reduce freight costs.
Develop and implement effective corrective actions when materials issues are identified.
Bachelor's degree required.
Minimum of five years of Materials Management experience within large manufacturing & assembly environment.
Experience in implementing lean production techniques in a manufacturing environment and Six Sigma Greenbelt status preferred.
Experience within Automotive supplier preferred.
SAP and/or ERP experience strongly desired.
Experience with management of multiple supply bases, internal and external required.
Successful experience with inventory accuracy and efficiency.
Ability to establish strong rapport with peer group and direct reports.
Ability to lead change within established business environment for purpose of continuous improvement.
Required Education and Experience
Experience and Skill Requirements
Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran