Materials supervisors are responsible for supervising and managing the materials needed for projects in their organization. They are in charge of supervising all activities related to receiving purchased parts, material flow, and servicing parts as needed. They manage all materials-related activities such as ordering and budgeting, as well as suggest changes to storage and retrieval processes to maximize the use of company resources. In addition, they participate in the inventory process by keeping accurate materials counts.
Materials supervisors are also responsible for tracking performance using departmental metrics, as well as organizing inventory records for future reference. They manage materials shipments, as well as continuously improve the unloading, receiving, and storing processes for production materials. Additionally, materials supervisors act as a liaison for ongoing communication among material handlers. They also oversee the counting, weighing and measuring of incoming or outgoing materials to verify measurements against invoices, orders, or other records.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required for this job. In addition, previous experience - including in a supervisory position - is generally required or preferred as well. Materials supervisors must possess strong communication skills, pay close attention to detail, and be proficient with basic computer programs. They must be able to multitask on a variety of projects and remain organized as well.
Materials Supervisor Tasks
Inventory and audit all existing materials regularly, accounting for transit and shortfalls.
Supervise, motivate, and evaluate staff to reach goals and document inventory transactions.
Analyze and plan for materials with unusual lead times, storage needs or delicacy.
Oversee processes and security to ensure flow of materials meets delivery and production goals.
Reduce obsolescence and waste of materials.