Materials managers oversee the selection and purchase of raw materials from outside suppliers.

This position allows you to plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers or vendors from external companies. You will make phone calls and online orders to fulfill products and services for and from external customers. If you like to help others with projects by providing contacts and products to them, a materials manager may be a good fit.

We like to think about materials managers as change-agents - managing process, materials, and people. As a manager you may be responsible for developing team mates as well.

Also Known As:

Inventory Management, Inventory Manager, Purchasing Manager, Director of Purchasing, Commodity Manager, Director of Materials, Director of Strategic Sourcing, Procurement Officer, Purchasing Director, Purchasing Supervisor

Critical Skills


  • Deliver and Comprehend and Follow Visual, Written, and Oral Instructions
  • Management
  • Spatial Organization


  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Communication - Internal and External
  • Complex Problem Solving Skills
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Gathering or Getting Information
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Leadership
  • Managaement of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

Key Responsibilities

  • Installing, assembling, and operating equipment
  • Safe repair and troubleshooting of malfunctioning mechanical, electrical or instrumentation systems
  • Calibration of instruments
  • Maintaining standards in work areas and tool boxes
  •  Participate as part of hazmat response teams

Special Requirements

  • Heavy Lifting Ability
  • Physical Strength and Dexterity


  • Working with/Managing Others

How to get this job

Gain experience through entry level operations or product assistant/coordinator job. Develop customer service skills and strong communication skills.

Next Steps for this job

Entry level operations or product work.

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