Senior Manager of Materials

Perry, OK
Aug 05, 2021
Sep 04, 2021
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

At Ditch Witch in Perry, Oklahoma we pride ourselves on being the leading manufacturer in the underground pipe and cable market. Our plant in Perry stands out because it is a place for people to learn and thrive. We enjoy coming to work because our plant is our community, we see our teammates not only as co-workers but as neighbors and family members. All our locations build the intricate network of machinery that contributes to The Toro Company. We contribute to building communities, cities, and the world.

We invite you to apply and join a team of highly skilled, and highly passionate people.


This role reports to the Director of Operations and establishes the long-term materials planning strategy for the assigned site and optimizes daily execution levels to achieve ideal supply continuity. This position drives best practices across the Materials organization. Functional areas supported by this leadership position include planning, scheduling, production control, inventory management, warehouse operations, shipping, receiving and overall material flow throughout the site.

This position collaborates with other members of the plant leadership team to identify and address materials related issues and lead the supply planning process as part of the Integrated Business Planning system, which includes collaboration and alignment with other business and functional leaders.


  • Drive SAP system design, deployment, and operational competency

  • Develop robust Integrated Business Planning and SIOP process

  • Manage capacity versus load to optimize utilization of plant capabilities and manufacturing efficiency

  • Support lean systems implementation to include PFEP, Kanban, Pull, warehouse and market design, and material delivery loops delivering best practice resource deployment in Materials

  • Research, recommend, and implement advanced technology to drive productivity in materials systems to include automated storage/retrieval, picking/put-away efficiency, mobile computing advancements, and advanced material handling solutions

  • Drive continuous improvement in working capital measurements through inventory management initiatives that drive out waste, minimize excess/obsolete, complement lead time reduction, and improve overall turns

  • Implement and scale up best practices to deliver on-going materials productivity

  • Provide advanced materials analytics to guide local site leadership to areas of opportunity and synergy

  • Ensure the Master Schedulers have all models scheduled in an efficient, logical manner to optimize site capacity and to accurately reflect the schedule in SAP

  • Ensure all needed materials to support Master Schedules are planned, expedited, stored, and distributed in the most cost-effective manner

  • Drive major performance goals including schedule attainment, work in process levels (WIP), finished goods level, service fill rates, inventory turns, inventory accuracy and budget controls

  • Ensures service parts are, scheduled, produced and shipped per the required due date to maintain a 95% or higher fill rate



  • Bachelor’s degree (BA, BS) in Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Business or similar field, or 10+ years of demonstrated accomplishment in achieving Materials and Manufacturing excellence

  • Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in Material Requirement Planning Systems or a minimum of ten years combined experience of at least two of the following areas: Production Scheduling, Production Control, Inventory Control, Material Expediting or Warehouse Management. A minimum of 4 years direct supervisory experience required.

  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and team building skills. Must have direct supervisory experience.

  • Strong management, communication, and leadership skills. Should be motivated with a positive attitude, with ability to work in a group/team setting

  • Progressive experience in manufacturing environment demonstrating growth in position and/or responsibility

  • Experience implementing various material signaling concepts such as kanban, min/max, ROP, MRP

  • Proven experience implementing Lean material flow concepts, systems and tools such as Plan for Every Part (PFEP), pull systems, supermarkets, scheduling boards, Tugger routes, etc.

  • Strong analytical skills with the demonstrated ability to analyze multifaceted, complex situations, problems, and concepts

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to effectively interact with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds

  • Highly self-motivated and directed, able to work well under pressure, manage and prioritize multiple initiatives concurrently, attend to details, and meet deadlines

  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to be flexible, adaptable, and change priorities and direction as needed, allowing for optimum effectiveness

  • Ability to coach and mentor others

  • Aptitude and desire to gain understanding of situations, processes, and procedures in an effort to improve them


  • Master’s degree

  • Experience with MRP and ERP systems

  • Systems experience with shop floor control

  • APICS or other Materials Planning certification

  • Experience with Lean principles, tools, and systems such as Value Stream Mapping, Material Flow, Visual Management, Standard Work, Change Over, Root Cause Analysis

  • Previous experience with weld, paint, assembly, injection molding or extrusion processes preferred

  • IBP/SIOP experience in a supply planning capacity

  • Lean practitioner and/or Six Sigma certification

  • Ability to travel up to 25%


  • Participate in organizational planning by participating in divisional conferences which include Quality, Design and Manufacturing Engineers, Plant Managers, Suppliers, and Purchasing. Liaison with suppliers concerning their manufacturing processes, quality systems, material schedules or rejected components

  • Ability to walk and stand throughout working hours, up to 10 hours

  • Manufacturing setting with moving equipment and varying lighting, temperature and noise levels

  • Typical office environment as it pertains to lighting, temperature, and noise level when in administrative/operations offices.

  • Ability to work up to 50% of time in manufacturing and Distribution Center environment to collaborate with teams and identify/implement improvements

  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and mouse, and to handle other computer components.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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