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Inventory Supervisor

The Inventory Manager position is responsible for overseeing and controlling the day-to-day operations of the Inventory Control functions. These functions include performing cycle counts of the warehouse inventory, all conveyance, conducting investigations of suspected out-of-balance items, material scrapping, shop order exception handling, inventory storage and locations, MRB quality review, and making corrections to the inventory based upon that research. This position will also coordinate with other departments on the processing of new part approvals and setups within the MRP system. The accountability for the issuing and delivery of all raw material to machines, the movement of material from work center to work center for internal operations, and the overseeing of the planning, direction, and control of all available resources for ensuring timely, damage-free loading/unloading, receiving, and binning of all freight. The manager and coordinate activities with team leads and workers to ensure a clean, safe working environment for all personnel and visiting customers as well.


Waukegan, Illinois



Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all issuing and conveyance of material to the assembly and all material handling duties within department.
  • Monitor ahead or behind conditions for conveyance to keep assembly up and running
  • Document problems and problem-solve
  • Review and record operational data. Participate in data collection for Gemba and FMDS reviews
  • Understand and observe all safety rules and ensure team members follow safety rules
  • Create, maintain, and audit standard work instructions and training documents for all processes in area
  • Provide training for team members and maintain training records
  • Supervises, trains, motivates, coaches, and evaluates conveyance & inventory personnel in all areas of job duties using established methods and standards. Enforces policies and safety standards
  • Prepares associate evaluations, administers reviews, and administers any disciplinary actions
  • Manages organization and prioritization of daily work requirements and staffing needs to meet production requirements and goals
  • Maintains communication and cooperation with other departments to support the organization’s sales, purchasing, materials management, production functions to maintain effective logistics processes and proactively avoid and resolve quality and service issues related to receiving and inventory
  • Generates and participates in process improvement projects to continuously improve performance and standards and meet customer and organizational needs
  •  Responsible for departmental compliance relevant to ISO 9001 standards and international governmental regulations.
  • Manages shop order exceptions
  • Oversee the disposition and action needed on non-conforming parts within the MRB review
  • Oversee all replenishments through warehouse tasks from shared warehouse to lineside locations
  • Identifies and scraps excess and obsolete inventory in conjunction with planning department
  • Manages and performs all cycle counts processes with team including scheduled & periodical counts and physical yearend inventories
  • Manages the process flow of inventory and conveyance through proper inventory location maintenance
  • Oversee all issuing and conveyance of material to the machines, receiving, binning, dock to stock material movement and all material handling duties within department.
  • Manages vendor exceptions
  • Oversee the receipt and delivery of non- inventory company purchased parts or material
  • Perform other duties as required


  1. Ability to communicate and negotiate in verbal and written form
  2. Good leadership and communication skills. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions
  3. Understanding and knowledge of domestic and international transportation regulations, customs requirements, and compliance regulations
  4. Ability to apply analytical skills to problem solving and decision making
  5. Understanding and knowledge of warehousing, storage, lifecycle, and shelf-life regulations.
  6. Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure for conversions

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Supply Chain or Inventory Management preferred
  • 2-3 years’ experience in related field and supervisory experience preferred
  • IFS & RF scanner experience preferred
  • MRP & inventory movement understanding and process flow
  • Basic understanding of costing and inventory values
  • Basic computer skills (Windows & Microsoft Office Suite)

Physical Demands:

  • Usual office and production working conditions.
  • Occasionally lifting or moving heavy weight material in difficult work positions.
  • Frequently lifting or moving light weight material.
  • Ability to lift, move, pull, push, or carry 5 to 50 lbs.