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Materials Manager

Requisition ID 29222
Position Type (US)Full Time
Posting Type DNI

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

Where You'll Work

Our New Century, KS location is part of our Sweet and Cereal Division. We create chocolate coated confectionery items and some of the tasty treats found in your favorite ice cream flavors! Our employees care - about their community, their team and take pride in creating  35,000 pounds of chocolates every day!

What You'll Do

What You'll Do

  • Oversees and manages all planning activities related to materials management and inventory control in the manufacturing environment. This includes tactical day-to-day operational commitments covering materials management, inventory control and materials functions such as purchasing and scheduling. Translates customer delivery requirements into material strategies and processes, resulting in cost-effective processing and profitable manufacturing of products while optimizing customer satisfaction. Responsible for maintaining proper inventory levels of raw materials, intermediates and finished goods to support business objectives.
  1. Develop strategic inventory and planning vision for the site.
  2. Develop safety stock, minimum order quantities, optimal production quantities for raw materials, intermediates and finished products.
  3. Monitor slow moving and obsolete inventory and develop a plan to deal with accordingly.
  4. Develop, monitor and publish department and site KPI's and set goals for improvement.
  5. Drive best practices for inventory management and reporting. Responsible to ensure appropriate control mechanisms are in place and achieve exceptional levels of inventory accuracy, material availability, and service goals. 
  6. Develop and manage purchasing and scheduling staff. Maintain cross-training program to assure highly qualified backups for every function.  Drive a culture of operational excellence throughout the organization.

What You'll Need


Degree in Business or equivalent field. MBA preferred though not required. APICS Certification preferred though not required.


In-depth knowledge of computerized integrated information systems (manufacturing, materials management, production planning, procurement and distribution) and a superior understanding of manufacturing material flow in a plant.

Strong analytical skills

High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access)                                                          


Must be a proactive change agent and possess leadership skills to build and maintain a team-oriented environment.

Must have solid interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate staff and to interact with various departments throughout the organization.

Must be a strong communicator and possess strong organizational skills, with ability to work on multiple priorities at once.

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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