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Material Manager

Posted: 12 Oct 2020 Closes: 11 Nov 2020
Malle, Belgium Competitive
Permanent & Full-time PAD_MATER01402

Main responsibilities of position:
  • Lead the Material Management team to deliver world class supply to our factory & from our subcontracting partners:
    • Own weekly 1-2-1 time with team members to check-in, support with objective delivery & energizing development plans.
    • Setup bi=weekly team meetings to share broader topics & create a high performing team culture.
  • Strategic responsibilities – leadership of the capacity planning process. Host the monthly Capacity Planning Meeting to present internal capacity & proposals for shift changes/outsourcing to delivery demand plan.
  • Determine strategy & execute components inventory levels accordingly. Report on a monthly basis on component stock coverage KPI’s. Manage MOQ’s towards suppliers in close collaboration with procurement.
  • Maintain MRP parameters including MOQ/CLS determination on finished products.
  • Drive continuous improvement through our internal and external short term and long-term manufacturing planning processes.
  • Pro-actively inform Planning team about component supply constraints, capacity constraints & unexpected changes in the manufacturing planning to inform & seek priorities/solutions.
  • Engage in future product changes, manage component phase out/in plans in partnership with Finished Goods Planning to minimize obsolete stocks.
  • Place and manage buy for resale orders. If needed adapt production schedule at subcontractors in case of changed requirements (promotions or unforeseen demand changes):
  • Monitoring and planning of components and finished inventory to facilitate subcontractor production. Improve component ordering with the subcontractor in case where we see a mismatch with our need. Organize stock counts on a regular basis and report on differences.
  • Maintain regular contact and good relationship with subcontractors and packaging suppliers to discuss overall performance and outline continuous improvement on service and relationship.
  • Cooperate with procurement by strategically partnering with key suppliers and challenging procurement on supplier terms (MOQ, lead times, forecast requirement, etc)..
  • Act as backup component planners to ensure business continuity during holiday periods.


Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s):
  • EPC component stock management KPI’s: monthly reporting on component stock and component slow moving & obsolete stocks.
  • Fulfillment service levels
  • Component driven production lost time.
  • Supplier & subcontractors performance
  • MRP masterdata accuracy & consistency


Key requirements for role:
  • Applicable supply planning experience
  • Strong people leadership + communication
  • Familiarity w/key planning + inventory metrics + deliverables
  • Familiarity w/SAP ERP
  • Fluency in Dutch + English

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