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Working As a Material Manager

  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $93,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Material Manager Do

Purchasing managers plan, direct, and coordinate the buying of materials, products, or services for wholesalers, retailers, or organizations. They oversee the work of procurement-related occupations including buyers and purchasing agents.

Duties

Purchasing managers typically do the following:

  • Coordinate the activities of buyers and purchasing agents engaged in buying materials, equipment, or supplies for the organization
  • Supervise, hire, and train staff
  • Evaluate potential suppliers on the basis of price, quality, and speed of delivery
  • Interview vendors and visit suppliers’ plants and distribution centers to examine and learn about products, services, and prices
  • Attend meetings, trade shows, and conferences to learn about new industry trends and make contacts with suppliers
  • Analyze price proposals, financial reports, and other information to determine reasonable prices
  • Negotiate contracts on behalf of their organization
  • Work out agreements with suppliers, such as when products will be delivered
  • Meet with staff and vendors to discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services and determine corrective action
  • Ensure that vendors and suppliers comply with the terms and conditions of the contract and, if they don’t, determine the need for changes

Purchasing managers plan and coordinate the work of buyers and purchasing agents and hire and train new staff.

Purchasing managers, sometimes known as contract managers, are also responsible for developing their organization’s procurement policies and procedures. These policies help ensure that procurement professionals are meeting ethical standards to avoid potential conflicts of interest or inappropriate supplier and customer relations.

Besides establishing procurement standards, purchasing managers set guidelines on how often their department will get price quotes for items, how many bids to accept, and which vendors to consider.

In addition to carrying out their managerial and administrative responsibilities, purchasing managers buy goods and services for their organization or institution. Like buyers and purchasing agents, purchasing managers negotiate contracts and consider price, quality, availability, reliability, and technical support when identifying and choosing suppliers and merchandise. Their negotiations and contracts are typically more complex than those carried out by buyers and purchasing agents.

Purchasing managers must study their organization’s sales records and inventory levels of current stock, identify foreign and domestic suppliers, and keep up to date with changes affecting both the supply of, and demand for, products and materials.

Purchasing managers use many resources to find out all they can about potential suppliers. They attend meetings, trade shows, and conferences to learn about new industry trends and to make contacts with suppliers.

Before signing a contract and placing an order, purchasing managers must make certain that the supplier can deliver the desired goods or services on time, in the correct quantities, and without sacrificing quality. Purchasing managers monitor the terms of the contracts in order to ensure that the supplier is complying with its terms and conditions and resolve any supplier-related issues that arise.

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How To Become A Material Manager

Purchasing managers need a bachelor’s degree and work experience as a buyer or purchasing agent.

Education

Purchasing managers usually have at least a bachelor’s degree and some work experience in procurement. A master’s degree may be required for advancement to some top-level purchasing manager jobs.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Purchasing managers typically must have at least 5 years of experience as a buyer or purchasing agent. At the top levels, purchasing manager duties may overlap with other management functions, such as production, planning, logistics, and marketing.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

There are several certifications available for purchasing managers and others employed in a procurement-related field. Although some employers require certification, many do not.

Most of the certifications involve oral or written exams and have education and work experience requirements.

The Institute for Supply Management offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) credential, which covers a wide scope of purchasing professional duties. To receive the CPSM credential, candidates must pass three exams and possess at least 3 years of relevant work experience for those with a bachelor’s degree or 5 years of relevant work experience for those without a bachelor’s degree.

The American Purchasing Society offers the Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP) and the Certified Professional Purchasing Manager (CPPM) credentials. Certification is valid for 5 years. Candidates must earn a certain number of professional development “points” to renew their certification. Candidates initially become eligible, and can renew their certification, through a combination of purchasing-related experience, education, and professional contributions (such as articles published or speeches delivered).

APICS, founded as the American Production and Inventory Control Society, offers the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential. Applicants must have 3 years of related business experience or a bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible for the CSCP credential, which is valid for 5 years. Candidates must also earn a certain number of professional development points to renew their certification.

The Next Level Purchasing Association offers the Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) certification. Although there are no education or work experience requirements, applicants must complete six online courses and pass an SPSM exam. Certification is valid for 4 years. Candidates must complete 32 continuing education hours in procurement-related topics to recertify for an additional 4-year period.

The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) offers two certifications for workers in federal, state, and local government. The Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential requires applicants to have earned at least an associate’s degree, to have at least 3 years of public procurement experience, and to complete relevant training courses. The Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) requires applicants to have earned a bachelor’s degree, to have at least 5 years of public procurement experience, and to complete additional training courses.

Those with the CPPB or the CPPO designation must renew their certification every 5 years by completing continuing education courses or attending procurement-related conferences or events.

The National Institute of Government Purchasing’s (NIGP’s) Institute for Public Procurement offers preparation courses for the UPPCC certification exams.

Advancement

An experienced and qualified purchasing manager may advance to become the chief procurement officer for a business or organization.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. When evaluating suppliers, purchasing managers must analyze their options and choose a supplier with the best combination of price, quality, delivery, service, or other criteria. 

Decisionmaking skills. Purchasing managers must have the ability to make informed and timely decisions, choosing products that they think will sell. 

Math skills. Purchasing managers must possess basic math skills. They must be able to compare prices from different suppliers to ensure that their organization is getting the best deal. 

Negotiating skills. Purchasing managers often must negotiate the terms of a contract with a supplier. Interpersonal skills and self-confidence, in addition to knowledge of the product, can help lead to successful negotiation.

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Average Length of Employment
Material Manager 5.0 years
Purchasing Manager 4.7 years
Materials Director 4.2 years
Material Lead 3.8 years
Material Analyst 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Material Manager
Buyer 8.7%
Manager 4.5%
Top Careers After Material Manager
Buyer 5.4%
Manager 3.9%
Consultant 3.1%
Owner 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$93,000
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$69,000
Min 10%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$93,000
Median 50%
$127,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Apple
Highest Paying City
Fremont, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.6 years
How much does a Material Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Material Manager in the United States is $93,989 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $69,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $127,000.

Real Material Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Fuels & Materials Internat Collaboration MGR (Project MGR 4) Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC Idaho Falls, ID Mar 15, 2015 $151,872
Senior Materials Manager Mks Instruments Rochester, NY Sep 30, 2015 $145,683
Materials Manager, Supply Chain Sanjel (USA), Inc. Denver, CO Nov 04, 2013 $140,000
Materials Control Manager Guilford Mills, Inc. Kenansville, NC Apr 01, 2014 $140,000
Senior Materials Manager, Leather Deckers Outdoor Corporation Goleta, CA Oct 01, 2011 $140,000
Associate Materials Manager-Conveyance Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 22, 2016 $140,000
Manager, Powertrain Materials Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Nov 05, 2012 $135,000 -
$155,000
Materials Manager (NEW Product Introduction) Lam Research Corporation Fremont, CA Nov 29, 2012 $128,791
Manager-Global Outside Direct Material Performance General Motors Company Warren, MI Dec 17, 2015 $125,559
Senior Materials Manager Aliphcom Sunnyvale, CA Mar 05, 2014 $125,000 -
$153,000
Manager, Material Management Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Sep 13, 2015 $124,607
Material Control Manager Ingersoll Rand Company Mocksville, NC Jan 09, 2016 $122,109
Materials MGR 1 Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 22, 2014 $121,909 -
$129,900
Materials Manager (NEW Product Introduction) Lam Research Corporation Fremont, CA Apr 01, 2011 $108,000
Senior Materials Manager Mks Instruments, Inc. Rochester, NY Dec 15, 2016 $106,080 -
$135,000
Procurement Material Manager Amazon.com.DEDC, LLC Coppell, TX Jun 09, 2016 $105,000 -
$135,000
Materials Manager Polaris Industries, Inc. Osceola, WI Jan 01, 2015 $105,000
Materials Manager Kobelco Construction MacHinery America LLC Calhoun, GA Jul 05, 2011 $104,204
Materials Manager Avery Dennison Corporation Painesville, OH Jun 06, 2016 $87,776
Materials Manager Avery Dennison Corporation New Concord, OH Aug 29, 2016 $87,000
Materials Manager Boart Longyear Company Salt Lake City, UT Sep 21, 2016 $86,833
Materials Manager The Scott Fetzer Company Walnut Ridge, AR May 14, 2012 $85,000
Assistant Materials Manager Grupo Antolin Kentucky, Inc. Louisville, KY Oct 01, 2015 $85,000
Materials Manager Johnson Controls, Inc. Fremont, CA Aug 25, 2016 $84,906 -
$124,300
Team Captain, Materials Manager Kiewit Corporation Omaha, NE Jul 24, 2013 $84,781 -
$153,000
Materials Manager Premium Oilfield Technologies, LLC Houston, TX Nov 24, 2014 $83,500

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Top Skills for A Material Manager

  1. Supply Chain
  2. Inventory Control
  3. On-Time Delivery
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided logistical support in manufacturing planning, material planning, procurement, information systems administration, supply chain and strategic planning.
  • Managed the overall purchasing and inventory control functions of a manufacturing business, and oversaw the Receiving Department and Purchasing Department.
  • Identified, developed and implemented daily production requirements for critical suppliers with the results of an increase of on-time delivery performance.
  • Worked directly with Corporate Purchasing and Corporate Finance scheduling and coordinating movement of raw materials and components utilized in production.
  • Monitored expenditures authorizations and allocations to cost centers and cost evaluations of expenditures to determine efficient vendor cost savings.

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Top 10 Best States for Material Managers

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  2. California
  3. Utah
  4. New Jersey
  5. Mississippi
  6. Idaho
  7. Kentucky
  8. Texas
  9. Washington
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Material Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

72.0%

Female

21.6%

Unknown

6.4%
Ethnicity

White

64.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.3%

Carrier

6.5%

German

6.1%

French

5.8%

Mandarin

3.4%

Chinese

3.4%

Japanese

3.4%

Italian

3.1%

Cantonese

2.4%

Portuguese

2.0%

Korean

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Polish

1.0%

Hindi

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%

Arabic

0.7%

Swedish

0.3%

Telugu

0.3%

Indonesian

0.3%
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Material Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.4%

Michigan State University

8.5%

Arizona State University

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

Community College of the Air Force

4.7%

Purdue University

4.5%

University of Houston

4.3%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.3%

Webster University

4.1%

San Jose State University

4.0%

Northeastern University

3.1%

Ashford University

3.0%

Ohio State University

3.0%

Western Michigan University

2.9%

Bowling Green State University

2.8%

Villanova University

2.6%

Northern Illinois University

2.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.5%

University of Alabama

2.4%

Liberty University

2.3%
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Majors

Business

50.9%

Management

8.1%

Supply Chain Management

6.5%

Accounting

4.7%

Finance

3.3%

Operations Management

2.9%

Marketing

2.5%

Industrial Engineering

1.9%

Industrial Technology

1.9%

General Studies

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.7%

Psychology

1.7%

Education

1.6%

Electrical Engineering

1.6%

Computer Science

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

Project Management

1.5%

Economics

1.5%

Human Resources Management

1.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.2%

Masters

22.1%

Other

20.3%

Associate

8.9%

Certificate

3.8%

Diploma

0.8%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.2%
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