Material controllers ensure the correct materials and services are available for the company's day-to-day operations. Daily duties include ensuring that necessary equipment and materials are received, stored, and maintained properly. From there, they are distributed as needed to various departments within the company for short-term and long-term usage. During this process, regular communication with all involved parties (including clients and vendors) is necessary to maintain relationships and cooperation. All activities performed by material controllers should be recorded using computerized systems and specialized software. They must also ensure company regulations and policies are followed at all times.
The material controller's work is mostly performed in an indoor environment, but the warehouse environment may experience extreme temperatures depending on the job location. Hours vary greatly with each opening, and most positions have a variety of shifts available for the positions. Physical requirements may include some lifting, walking, and standing, but hazards are generally minimal. Positions as a materials controller are widely available in a variety of industries, with a large need in companies that have large warehouses.
Educational requirements generally include a high school diploma or equivalent. Work experience qualifications vary with each opening based on the pay level and hiring company; at least three years of experience is a common requirement, but many entry-level positions are also available. Basic computer skills with software such as Microsoft Office and SAP, as well as reporting tools, are greatly preferred.
Material Controller Tasks
Ensure compliance with regulations and company policies.
Monitor and maintain stock levels, and identify reliable supply sources.
Review requisitions for completeness, accuracy, and assess for priority.
Inspect materials, maintain documentation, verify approval of hazardous materials, and report violations or damages.