Sr. Materials Manager

With more than $1B in revenue, Tennant Company is a globally recognized leader in the cleaning equipment industry. For the past 150 years, we have been passionate about developing and manufacturing innovative and sustainable solutions for our customers. At Tennant Company, we are committed to stewardship and creating a cleaner, safer and healthier world. With manufacturing, operations and sales, service, and support functions across the globe, your journey at Tennant can take you places you never expected.


The Sr. Manager Materials Management, North America will be lead the Materials Management strategy and vision and drive execution to enable business value and productivity. This position will be responsible for the improvement, and execution of SIOP, Factory Scheduling, Point of Use Availability, Inventory, Material Requirements, On Time Shipment, Plant Logistics, and other materials management processes for Tennant Company in North America and will be accountable for meeting NA OPS SQDCI goals at each plant and ensuring that organizational and process changes are embraced and sustained across all North American Operations sites and Distribution centers in accordance with our Global Operations Strategy.


As a member of the North American Operations Leadership team, the incumbent will provide input to North America goals and strategy development.


Role can reside in Holland MI or Minneapolis MN



  • Develop materials management and inventory strategy for North America and deploy dependent business processes in collaboration with Regional Operations, Global Supply, and Business Unit partners.
  • Lead and develop an organization of 90+ professionals that includes Material Control, Inventory, Factory Scheduling, and Plant Logistics for Manufacturing, Distribution, and RECON at five North America facilities.
  • Drive a culture of teamwork and collaboration with Business Unit Partners, Global Supply, Manufacturing/Operations, Product Engineering, Global COE, and Finance to ensure performance meets or exceeds customer expectations.
  • Develop and utilize MRP and other ERP based systems for managing procurement, planning, and inventory management in line with achieving quality, delivery, and inventory goals.
  • Manage production scheduling and finished good planning teams to optimize balance of FG inventory velocity and factory level loading.
  • Develop inventory scenario and materials labor planning tools to drive optimized point of use availability.
  • Lead Sales & Operations Inventory Planning (SIOP) process for NA OPS facilities, in collaboration with Business Unit and COE partners in both execution and improvements.
  • Lead tiered accountability process that ensures proper prioritization, allocation, escalation, and communication of process robustness and material availability to support the NA Ops Facilities.
  • Providing effective interface between customer service and plant systems to supply timely accurate information on product availability and order status.
  • Lead presentations including Operating Reviews, Production Readiness Reviews for Materials, and other requirements.
  • Analyzing industry trends and evolving technology to proactively identify supply base issues, minimize risk, protect continuity of supply, and utilize emerging technologies.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Mechanical, Industrial, Manufacturing Engineering, Operations Management OR related fields.
  • 10+ years of related management experience in a manufacturing setting, preferably high mix environment.
  • 7+ years of experience leading teams in a supply chain, or materials role.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Experience with low volume, high complexity product preferred.
  • APICS or ISM certification such as CSCP, CPIM, and or CPSM is preferred
  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt is preferred 
  • Advanced knowledge of SAP or equivalent ERP system; Track record of optimizing systems
  • Strong matrix, global organization management demonstrating relationship management skills with excellent written & verbal communication and ability to influence cross-functionally
  • Experience utilizing LEAN manufacturing and continuous improvement concepts/tools
  • Strong project management and problem solving skills
  • Lead and solve complex organizational problems
  • Significant influencing and collaboration skills
  • Expertise on leading / driving change, and mentor for new leaders or peers
  • Deep expertise in Materials management
  • 25% travel required



  • Exceptional leadership and team building skills.
  • Demonstrated long range strategic thinking capability.
  • Demonstrated ability for collaboration, influence and driving change especially with engineering and manufacturing groups.
  • Exceptional communication skills (verbal, written, presentation).
  • Strong process orientation and documentation mindset.
  • Identified as a top performer with consistent “above average” performance reviews.
  • Floor focused individual.
  • Action oriented.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Influences others, listens openly and sends convincing messages; negotiates and resolves disagreements, is cooperative and collaborative.
  • Ability to concentrate on tasks, make decisions and work calmly and effectively in a high-pressure, deadline oriented environment.
  • Willingness to be flexible with time and adjust to a changing work environment.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships, both internally and externally, while maintaining a customer service orientation.
  • Ability to influence others and drive continuous improvement without direct report control.
  • Ability to use sound judgment and discretion in dealing with highly confidential information.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, organize and accurately prioritize work, be detail-oriented, understand when urgency is required and use good judgment in varied situations.


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Equal Opportunity Employer

Tennant Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made on the basis of individual skill, ability, reliability, productivity, and other factors important to performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other basis protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.

Tennant Company
Salary Range
$77,000.00 - 121,000.00
per Year
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Golden Valley, MN 55422, US