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Mgr Materials Team

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Plexus Corp.

Buffalo Grove, IL

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Mgr - Materials Team


Buffalo Grove


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Job Overview

The Material Team Manager (MTM) is the customer liaison for a focus factory, representing both the strategic and tactical materials organization. All customer related material requirements are communicated by the MTM. These requirements are fulfilled by the materials organization through the design of models and processes in the strategic group and by implementation and execution of the models and processes within the tactical group. Additionally, the MTM will be responsible for managing and directing procurement and demand and planning functions in support of the customer's requirements.


Comply with materials clauses in the customer's contract. Responsible for ensuring that demand loading, transitioning and purchasing of material is in adherence to this document and Plexus policy.

Act as a customer liaison for material issues to ensure effective resolutions.

Manage and provide oversight and direction to the Purchasing Leader to ensure the procurement team is performing effectively.

Manage and provide oversight and direction to the Demand Analyst to ensure the coordination and development of a master production schedule that optimizes customer satisfaction, days of inventory and supports the site revenue plan.

Timely execution of obsolete and excess mitigation in accordance with the corporate process and customer contract, aggressively pursue reductions by driving disposition with Purchasing, Finance, Program Manager, and the customer.

Initiate, evaluate and monitor suggested corporate supply chain solutions in order to optimize procurement and deployment techniques. Maintain optimal inventory levels that support customer OTD goals and meet corporate goals.

Review and approve purchase orders at appropriate signature level.

Lead the execution of effective materials transitions

Coordinate and drive cost reduction activities to meet customer and site goals. Participate in re-pricing activities. Ensure that cost and price are established for any re-quote efforts.

Participate in existing customer new product quote reviews.

Participate in Quarterly Business Reviews with customers with respect to materials issues and understand customers’ commodities and market conditions.

Understand customer's P & L's and be accountable for impacts to Parts Contribution, Materials Labor Cost, Inventory Levels, Obsolescence and Freight on corporate financial performance. Take an active role in monthly/quarterly site revenue and margin objectives.

Perform annual performance evaluations, participate in goal setting for all direct reports and communicate customer updates, changes, etc.

Minimal travel may be required to meet the needs of the business.

Additional duties as assigned by management.

Skills & Abilities

Excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary

Management / supervisory skills including assertiveness, prioritizing, and multi-tasking capabilities

A working knowledge of MRP system is required

Education & Experience

A minimum of a Bachelor's degree is required for this position; a Bachelor's degree in Business, Operations Management, or related field is preferred.

Experience of 5 years is required for this position, assuming education requirements are met. Equivalent industry experience of 7 or more years is highly desirable.

Understanding of supply chain models and lean manufacturing practices is beneficial.

Certification in production inventory control management (APICS) and/or purchasing (NAPM) is beneficial.


All offers of employment are contingent upon successfully passing a drug screen and upon completion of a confidentiality agreement.

Our Values and How We Lead behaviors guide our processes. Plexus does not make employment decisions based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and encourage all to apply today!

Globally, our policy is to recruit people from wide and diverse backgrounds. Some of our customers contracts are governed by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which require us to consider only applicants who are US citizens, permanent residents (green card holders), or who have been granted political asylum. Consequently, some of our positions are subject to this ITAR requirement. Thank you for your understanding.

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Buffalo Grove, IL

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Empowering People, Innovating Solutions, Achieving ExcellencePlexus is a global company that values your growth and development and knows that our success is the direct result of our empowered, hard-working and dedicated people. At Plexus you can push the boundaries of innovation and discover your highest potential. Whether you’re an experienced professional or skilled manufacturer looking to expand and enhance your career, a recent graduate ready to make an impact or a student eager to gain hands on internship experience, you can make a difference with us.At Plexus we provide opportunities for growth and development at every level and encourage all employees to be leaders. The foundation of our culture is built around Our Values and How We Lead behaviors exemplified by our Plexus People: Customer Focus, Relationships & Teamwork, Integrity, Open Communication, Excellence, Prioritize Our People, Solve Problems, Be Courageous, Be Strategic, and Innovate.Our global operations allow us to attract people with broad and diverse backgrounds from all over the world. Discover why more than 12,500 dedicated individuals choose Plexus as the workplace of choice to grow their careers. Apply today!

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Plexus uses a unique Product Realization service model to transform your concepts into branded products and deliver them to your target markets. We tailor innovative solutions that integrate product conceptualization, design, commercialization, manufacturing, fulfillment and sustaining services. Whether you operate in the Americas, Europe, the Asia Pacific region or worldwide, Plexus can deliver turnkey solutions to make your project a success.

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