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Vermeer Corporation Materials Manager in Pella, Iowa

You’re not likely to find another company like Vermeer. Our people are from all walks of life in locations around the world, rolling up our sleeves and getting tough work done every day. Together. We’re a family-owned and operated company with an unmatched culture, one that is built on the belief that every Vermeer team member has real, personal impact – on our people, our customers and our world. Whoever you are and where you are in your career, Vermeer helps you be Equipped to Do More ® .

Job Summary

Work Shift

1 - First Shift

The Materials Manager ensures the department provides quality, cost-efficient purchased items that are delivered on time. This role works with engineering by communicating supplier issues and assisting in selecting the appropriate supplier on new model machines. This position plans, orders, and expedites material to Vermeer and may negotiate supplier stocking agreements. Additionally, this position is responsible for managing receiving and warehouse teams in our manufacturing facilities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Lead through the Vermeer characteristics of caring culture, demonstrating agility, customer focused, and stewardship and model the associated behaviors. Manage assigned team members in performance of their duties. Establish and monitor individual and team goals which are aligned with the organization’s business strategies and objectives and ensure department is properly serving its internal and external customers and meeting defined expectations.

  2. Ensure customer needs are met including, but not limited to, ordering parts, expediting, resolving inventory and invoicing accuracy. Align closely with internal customers (operations, warehouse, engineering) to understand customer needs.

  3. Analyze inventory levels and look for ways to reduce levels without causing production problems.

  4. Assist in developing short- and long-term planning requirements, by attending engineering and production meetings.

  5. Support commodity teams and cost savings projects. Play a lead role in improving lead times from suppliers.

    1. Work with plant leadership team to improve material flow throughout the plant.

    2. Drive lean initiatives and ensure all areas under materials control meet expectations for 5S.

    Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years’ management and procurement experience; and/or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

    Other Skills and Abilities

  • Strong purchasing and negotiating skills.

  • Ability to manage inventory levels, reduce lead times, reduce prices, ensure on time delivery, Kaizen participation and policy deployment.

  • Ability to provide informative and professional assistance when working with the public/customers, and co-workers, and maintain positive interpersonal relationships which encourage openness.

  • Ability to produce accurate, professional and error-free documents in a timely manner.

  • Demonstration of good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to effectively communicate and work with individuals at all levels of the Organization.

  • Ability to speak to large groups of people.

    Certificates, Licenses, Registration

CPSM certification, CPIM certification or working towards certification.


Up to 5% domestic and/or international travel by car or plane may be required.

Work Location

ONSITE: A team member’s day-to-day work is best done on a Vermeer campus. If work content can be occasionally completed at an offsite location, discuss potential arrangements with your manager.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation due to a disability at any stage of the employment application process should contact Team Member Solutions in human resources at (641) 621-8767 or at