Materials Manager

Materials Manager

Posted by jamie on April 27, 2018 8:05 pm
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Job Description
Surna is the expert in environmental control for indoor cultivation, with a strong reputation as industry experts in applied mechanical engineering, agricultural science, indoor farming and predictive facility modeling. Headquartered in Boulder, CO, we are looking for a Material Manager that exemplifies our high standards.

The Material Manager is responsible for the purchasing and inventory control functions.

  • Interfaces with project management on the planning and forecasting of customer orders to meet shipments
  • Coordinates with production scheduling on all material flow planning to meet production schedules and
    customer requirements
  • Controls inventory tracking and management
  • Ensures that project/department milestones/goals are met while adhering to approved budgets
  • Responsible for regular tracking and reporting requirements for purchasing and inventory

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Liaise with sales and Project Management (PM) and translate sales forecasts and PM schedules into material acquisition activities and floor assembly plans for a 3-month planning horizon
  • Responsible for all equipment, raw material, and manufacturing supply procurement
  • Provide lead times for PMs based on current supply chain within a 4 hour window
  • Manage vendor sourcing, negotiation and material procurement
  • Ensure all purchases are documented and authorized by accounting and leadership
  • Ensure that purchases are managed within the cash flow capability and target of the company
  • Manage the current material forecasting and tracking system/tools
  • Work with suppliers of goods and services to introduce Service Level Agreements


  • Responsible for all material receiving and inventory management
  • Organize and supervise the shipping and receiving of all materials ensuring efficient release of orders to customers
  • Manage records and inventory process of all stock and inventory


  • Participate in the development of new processes and tools as required
  • Participate in implementation of future ERP system
  • Drive transactional excellence in utilizing the ERP system for material procurement and inventory activities


  • Responsible for regular cash forecasts for all supplied and assembled equipment
  • Produce data and reports to manage KPIs including supplier spend, on time delivery and pricing
  • Report inventory levels and supplier performance metrics as requested
  • Collaborate with PM supplying assessment reports of availability, price, alternative solutions, etc. as needed to meet customer requirements


  • Responsible for maintaining the price and cost lists for all supplied and assembled equipment
  • Responsible for maintaining the price and cost lists for all supplied and assembled equipment

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably in supply chain management or related field
  • 3-5 years of experience in purchasing, inventory, warehouse management, supply chain planning and/or related activity
  • Experience with ERP, MRP or inventory management systems
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Effective communication and management skills
  • Ability to translate data into useful trends and information to identify and drive opportunities to improve business results
  • Experience developing systems/tools where they are needed and do not currently exist
  • Strong computer skills with strong proficiency in Excel
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of HVAC systems and related equipment
  • Project Management / budget control capabilities
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principals

Please send resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Materials Manager — Last Name”



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