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Working As A Material Lead

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Stressful

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Material Lead Do

Material recording clerks track product information in order to keep businesses and supply chains on schedule. They ensure proper scheduling, recordkeeping, and inventory control.

Duties

Material recording clerks typically do the following:

  • Keep records of items shipped, received, or transferred to another location
  • Compile reports on various aspects of changes in production or inventory
  • Find, sort, or move goods between different parts of the business
  • Check inventory records for accuracy

Material recording clerks use computers, tablets, or hand-held devices to keep track of inventory. Sensors and tags enable these computers to automatically detect when and where products are moved, allowing clerks to keep updated reports without manually counting items.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks manage the flow of information, work, and materials within or among offices in a business. They compile reports on the progress of work and on any production problems that arise. These clerks set workers’ schedules, estimate costs, keep track of materials, and write special orders for new materials. They perform general office tasks, such as entering data or distributing mail. Expediting clerks maintain contact with vendors to ensure that supplies and equipment are shipped on time.

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks keep track of and record outgoing and incoming shipments. Clerks may scan barcodes with hand-held devices or use radio frequency identification (RFID) scanners to keep track of inventory. They check if shipment orders were correctly processed in their company’s computer system. They also compute freight costs and prepare invoices. Some clerks move goods from the warehouse to the loading dock.

Stock clerks and order fillers receive, unpack, and track merchandise. Stock clerks move products from a warehouse to store shelves. They keep a record of items that enter or leave the stockroom and inspect for damaged goods. These clerks also use hand-held scanners to keep track of merchandise. Order fillers retrieve customer orders and prepare them to be shipped.

Material and product inspecting clerks weigh, measure, check, sample, and keep records on materials, supplies, and equipment that enters a warehouse. They verify the quantity and quality of items they are assigned to examine, checking for defects and recording what they find. They use scales, counting devices, and calculators. Some workers decide what to do about a defective product, such as to scrap it or send it back to the factory to be repaired. Some clerks also prepare reports, such as reports about warehouse inventory levels.

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How To Become A Material Lead

Material recording clerks usually need to have a high school diploma and are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Education

Production, planning, and expediting clerks; shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks; and material and product inspecting clerks need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks need to have basic knowledge of computer applications such as spreadsheet software.

There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Training

Material recording clerks usually learn to do their work on the job. Training for most material recording clerks may last less than a month. Production, planning, and expediting clerks’ training can take several months.

Typically, a supervisor or more experienced worker trains new clerks.

Material recording clerks first learn to count stock and mark inventory and then move onto more difficult tasks, such as recordkeeping. Production clerks need to learn how their company operates before they can write production and work schedules.

Advancement

With additional training or education, material recording clerks may advance to other positions within their firm, such as purchasing agent. Clerks in retail establishments can move into the sales department.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Production, planning, and expediting clerks are frequently in contact with suppliers, vendors, and production managers and need to be able to communicate the firm’s scheduling needs effectively.

Customer-service skills. Stock clerks sometimes interact with customers in retail stores and may have to get the item the customer is looking for from the storeroom.

Detail oriented. Material and product inspecting clerks check items for defects, some of which are small and difficult to spot.

Math skills. Some material recording clerks use math to calculate shipping costs or take measurements.

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Material Lead Career Paths

Material Lead
Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Supply Chain Manager
Senior Manager-Supply Chain Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Materials Supervisor Operations Manager Vice President
Supply Chain Vice President
17 Yearsyrs
Materials Supervisor Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Materials Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor Inventory Control Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Warehouse Manager Logistics Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Production Manager Manufacturing Manager
Value Stream Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Operations Project Manager Quality Control Manager
Production Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Department Manager Inventory Control Manager
Production And Inventory Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Managing Director Logistics Director
Materials Director
12 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Logistics Manager Planning Manager
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor Logistics Supervisor
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Manufacturing Supervisor Senior Buyer
Materials Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Lead Inventory Control Supervisor Production Control Manager
Materials Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Logistics Manager Global Logistics Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Material Manager 4.6 years
Material Scheduler 4.4 years
Material Lead 4.0 years
Materials Planner 3.7 years
Material Analyst 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Material Lead
Buyer 5.3%
Manager 5.1%
Supervisor 4.5%
Cashier 4.5%
Owner 3.2%
Top Careers After Material Lead
Buyer 7.0%
Supervisor 4.9%
Leader 3.8%

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Material Lead Demographics

Gender

Male

63.8%

Female

23.7%

Unknown

12.5%
Ethnicity

White

60.1%

Hispanic or Latino

17.7%

Black or African American

10.6%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

Portuguese

7.1%

French

7.1%

German

3.6%

Mandarin

3.6%

Italian

3.6%
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Material Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.4%

Pennsylvania State University

7.4%

University of Houston

6.5%

Michigan State University

5.6%

Arizona State University

4.6%

Texas State University

4.6%

University of Louisville

4.6%

Baker College

4.6%

University of Alaska Anchorage

4.6%

Wayne State University

3.7%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.7%

Northwood University

3.7%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.7%

Grand Valley State University

3.7%

A-Technical College

3.7%

Purdue University

3.7%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

2.8%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

2.8%

University of Toledo

2.8%

Kansas State University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

40.9%

Supply Chain Management

7.2%

Management

6.5%

Mechanical Engineering

4.5%

Industrial Engineering

4.3%

Accounting

4.3%

Operations Management

4.0%

General Studies

3.1%

Marketing

3.1%

Finance

2.9%

Education

2.5%

Economics

2.2%

Psychology

2.2%

Project Management

2.0%

Communication

2.0%

Computer Science

1.8%

Electrical Engineering

1.8%

International Business

1.6%

Drafting And Design

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.8%

Other

25.8%

Masters

21.3%

Associate

11.2%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

0.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
$79,000
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$49,000
Min 10%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$127,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Shell
Highest Paying City
San Bruno, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Material Lead make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Material Lead in the United States is $79,376 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $49,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $127,000.

Real Material Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Regional Materials Leader-America's Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Oct 22, 2013 $121,200 -
$146,400
MDC Site Materials Leader Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Oct 27, 2010 $112,900 -
$140,900
Reference Materials Leader Dow Agrosciences, LLC Indianapolis, IN Mar 11, 2015 $94,618 -
$141,926
Reference Materials Leader Dow Agrosciences LLC Indianapolis, IN Jun 27, 2016 $94,617 -
$141,926
Materials Leader Cummins Filtration, Inc. Cookeville, TN Apr 16, 2015 $91,600 -
$112,800
Materials Leader Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Nov 18, 2016 $91,600 -
$112,800
Materials Leader General Electric Company Morristown, TN Jan 08, 2016 $78,000

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Top Skills for A Material Lead

  1. Raw Materials
  2. Office Supplies
  3. ISO
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed all inbound/outbound raw materials for the manufacturing facility.
  • Performed monthly regular inventory and stock balances reports, ordered all office supplies needed.
  • Trained and managed 5 Supervisors and Team Leaders and achieved significant improvements in their productivity.
  • Recognized as corporate material supply manager of the year for drastic inventory reduction and customer service improvements.
  • Updated systems with day-to-day information, routine tasks of incoming and outgoing purchase orders, and produced bin tickets for delivery.

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Top 10 Best States for Material Leads

  1. Rhode Island
  2. New Mexico
  3. Alaska
  4. Wyoming
  5. Indiana
  6. Maine
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Minnesota
  10. Kansas
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