Materials Manager

Job Description

Materials Managers oversee a company’s inventory and purchasing operations. They collaborate with engineers and designers to determine the materials needed to complete manufacturing or construction projects according to specifications, research vendors for those materials, then order them. A Materials Manager is also responsible for maintaining the inventory of those materials once they arrive. Also, a Materials Manager oversees the receiving procedures for their company’s warehouse.

A Materials Manager needs to have high-level organization and record-keeping skills to maintain a consistent flow of materials to the company’s factories or work sites. Influencing and negotiation skills are also crucial for Materials Managers, as it’s up to them to negotiate the materials’ purchasing agreements. Materials Managers also supervise a team of workers, so soft skills like leadership, coaching, and training are essential for this position.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Purchase raw materials and supplies according to project specifications
  • Negotiate purchasing agreements with vendors
  • Oversee procedures for receiving and storing raw materials
  • Maintain inventory levels to ensure projects finish on deadline
  • Search for new materials, vendors, and processes to ensure optimum quality, value and reliability
  • Supervise and maintain the physical inventory of materials
  • Ensure materials acquisition and storage comply with company and government guidelines
  • Supervise, evaluate and coach staff members
  • Maintain inventory records

Education and Background

This position requires a bachelor’s degree in logistics or a related field, experience managing team members, and knowledge of supply chain maintenance.

Skills and Competencies

  • In-depth knowledge of supply chain and inventory management systems
  • Hands-on experience with forecasting and budgeting
  • Excellent organization and time-management skills
  • Analytical thinking with problem-solving aptitude
  • Outstanding communication and leadership skills


According to Payscale the median annual salary of a Materials Manager with

1 Year of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $50,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $52,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $51,000
  • Miami, Florida: $55,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $62,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $65,000
  • Houston, Texas: $60,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $70,000
  • New York City, New York: $73,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $59,000
  • Overall: $64,000

5 Years of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $66,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $65,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $60,000
  • Miami, Florida: $62,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $70,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $75,000
  • Houston, Texas: $69,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $80,000
  • New York City, New York: $83,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $70,000
  • Overall: $73,000 

Similar Job Titles

  • Purchasing Manager
  • Procurement Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Inventory Manager

Career Path

A bachelor’s degree in logistics or a related field is required to become a Materials Manager. Many companies also need Materials Manager candidates to have experience managing team members and knowledge of supply chain maintenance. Successful Materials Managers can often progress into higher management positions, perhaps supervising logistics for an entire division or region in large companies.

Position Trends

According to the industry website Materials Handling & Logistics, a shortage of qualified workers and increasing competition for labor are two key trends in the Materials Manager field. Because of the deficit, industry thought leaders say companies will have to look at adjusting salaries for some positions to stay competitive. They’ll also have to make changes to the company’s culture to remain attractive to prospective employees.

The increasing use of cloud-based software for materials management is another trend in the field. More companies are using cloud-hosted systems for things like warehouse management and transportation management. This process allows companies to update workers on warehouse inventory in real-time, increasing efficiency in managing the supply chain, and getting materials out to project sites on time.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Purchasing Managers, Buyers, and Purchasing Agents field should decline by six percent from 2018 to 2028. Analysts say this is due to companies outsourcing or automating less complicated procurement functions.

Typical Work Hours

Most Materials Managers work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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