Materials Manager

Young Innovations, Inc. Earth City , MO 63045

Posted 6 days ago

Company Overview

Young Innovations is a manufacturer and marketer of high quality dental equipment and supplies. With an outstanding reputation for quality, our company has a broad portfolio of market leading products across a variety of categories. Young Dental is the largest manufacturing site under the Young Innovations umbrella, and is located in Earth City, Missouri.

Role Overview

The Materials Manager is responsible for providing oversight to and managing all purchasing, scheduling, and materials management functions within the manufacturing facility, including but not limited to: master scheduling, releasing shop floor paperwork, sourcing/picking vendors, issuing POs, managing vendors, and leading the activity of the materials handlers in the areas of shipping, receiving, and inventory management.


  • Supervise and manage the day to day actives of the planner(s) to ensure proper schedule is maintained and paperwork is released to the floor on time

  • Lead the sourcing effort to find/select new vendors and negotiating of pricing and contracts

  • Supervise, coordinate, and oversee activities of the buyer(s) to ensure purchased materials bought on time in the correct quantities

  • Leads logistical based initiatives and stays abreast of all industry trends, changes, legislation and innovations that may have an impact to our customers or vendors

  • Identifies and leads improvement initiatives, including: planning, developing and implementing process improvements to advance current warehouse processes and configurations and improve material storage, flow, process, reporting and systems.

  • Promotes and facilitates a culture of continuous improvement

  • Identifies, analyzes, and reports on key operational measures and metrics

  • Evaluates warehouse, equipment and product handling activities and implements improvements/best practices to ensure maximum utilization of space, proper handling and rotation of stock, minimum damage to product and adequate inventory control procedures

  • Manages inventory accuracy through the monitoring of daily warehouse activities

  • Manages staff: creating and maintaining plan for optimal resource utilization; developing and communicating appropriate goals; providing motivation and coaching; leading the employee selection, on boarding, training, and periodic review processes

  • that inbound products and outbound orders are processed accurately, securely and within agreed service levels, ensuring that inbound products and outbound orders are processed accurately, securely and within agreed service levels

  • Coordinates the day-to-day activities of material handling employees,

  • Works directly with contracted carriers to ensure service levels are met


  • Bachelor's Degree in Logistics, Business Administration, or a related field
  • 7+ years of progressively responsible work experience with demonstrated success in purchasing, warehouse management, and distribution/logistics
  • 5+ years of experience as a manager/supervisor in purchasing, planning/scheduling, warehouse management, distribution/logistics or combination

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

  • Strong knowledge of inventory management processes and systems

  • Strong analytical skills

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to work under pressure and consistently meet deadlines

  • Ability to train, motivate and direct the work of others

  • Team-oriented with strong organizational and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent problem solving skills

  • Strong time management and decision making skills

  • Strong computer skills (experience with Windows based applications).

  • Excellent negotiation skills

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