ZF Plant Materials Manager in Lebanon, Tennessee

Plant Materials Manager

Division T - Commercial Vehicle


Job Description

Position Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 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

Position Status

Salaried Full-Time

Functional Area







United States

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran