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Material Mgmt. Leader

Southfiled, MI

Material Management Leader
This position will be a combination of in-office and remote!

Reports directly to Country Materials Management SIOP Leaders act as the single point of contact for Project teams for all the materials and services related to procurement and make activities. Material Management Leaders work closely with Early Procurement and SIOP in the bidding phase and with Project teams in the execution phase for the establishment of material and service baselines in addition to monthly purchasing material financial forecasting.  Furthermore, Material Management Leaders define and manage project sourcing plans while working closely with the Procurement and Manufacturing organization. Material Management Leaders coordinate supplier follow-up activities for on-time delivery in alignment with project timelines.

Main Duties:

  • Identify Early Opportunities in proposals and estimating and/or hand-off from sales phase
  • Identify High Risk Suppliers in proposals and estimating and/or hand-off from sales phase
  • Support Unique Proposal Requirements
  • Push Information to purchasing commodity teams for action or strategy development
  • Responsible to drive and coordinate advanced procurement / forecasting information from the project team to commodity purchasing
  • Work with project team to develop robust SOWs and capture all customer requirements
  • Review project specs and communicate to appropriate Buyers
  • Develop, Drive & Control Project Sourcing Plans
  • Communicate Scope, Timing & Budget to Commodity Teams
  • Single point of contact with the project teams for material status – MMLs will communicate with follow-up coordinators for material status by supplier
  • Support Timeline Development for purchasing related activities ensuring adequate lead time for purchasing activities
  • Purchasing Timeline Updates/Reporting for one line meetings
  • Periodically attend customer meetings and whiteboards to provide material status updates
  • Support PPRs (project performance reviews)
  • Support with purchasing EAC (Estimate at Complete)/CTC (Cost to Complete)
  • Identify purchasing Risk & Opps
  • Steer Project, Purchasing & SQ teams to focus on top priorities
  • Intimate involvement in high impact purchasing, follow up or quality actions (Recovery Plans, Cost Recovery, Large Purchases, High risk Purchases)
  • Work with design to resolve issues as it relates to purchase material
  • Work with site teams to develop material/service support plan (POU Material/Vendor Managed Inventory)
  • Lead any critical supplier material or service issues identified by site
  • Attends both Project Review Dry Runs and Project Reviews for their primary platform(s)


  • Minimum of 3-5 years of purchasing and/or material management experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong problem solving capabilities
  • Ability to work within a team-based environment
  • Ability to execute to a plan
  • Committed and dedicated to the success of a program
  • Strong working knowledge of local supply base
  • Fair working knowledge of global supply base
  • Expansive working knowledge on multiple commodities
  • Fair financial management skills
  • Clear understanding of project timelines
  • Microsoft office (Excel, Word, Power Point)
  • Advanced skills required

Preferred Requirements:

  • Strong working knowledge of project based organizations
  • Strong collaborative skills with suppliers and internal team members
  • Appetite for accountability
  • Strong understanding of budgeting and forecasting (financially on the project and with the supply base)
  • Ability to multi-task and work from remote locations
  • SAP Experience
  • Project Management Experience
  • BA in business, logistics, supply chain, or engineering
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