Rain Bird

Materials Manager

3+ months agoSan Dimas, CA


Full operational responsibility for the materials function. Provide leadership to create a performance-driven organization and foster continuous improvement of all metrics.


The successful candidate will:

  • Successfully manage all aspects of purchasing, production planning, scheduling, warehousing, inventory, shipping, customer service, invoicing, and month-end materials reporting.
  • Execute corporate and strategic plans to meet goals, including supplier consolidation, supplier and part certification, physical inventory elimination, on-time delivery performance, and inventory turns.
  • Directly interface with customers and proactively manage suppliers to avoid delivery and quality issues.
  • Develop improved planning, inventory and purchasing systems and practices.
  • Provide leadership to buyer/planners and warehouse personnel.
  • Have demonstrated record of achievement.
  • Have a good working knowledge of and proven record with world class manufacturing practices.
  • Foster creativity and innovation within the materials team.
  • Be enthusiastic, hard working and have a can-do attitude.



  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in operations management, engineering, mathematics or business.
  • 7+ years materials experience.
  • 3+ years supervisory experience.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills, excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, proven in a manufacturing environment.
  • Demonstrated leadership.
  • A proven track record of cost savings, inventory turns improvement, and implementation of advanced purchasing/planning approaches (including JIT, KanBan, Vendor Managed Inventory and Lean Manufacturing).
  • Knowledge of spreadsheet, word-processing, and manufacturing-control software applications is required.
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish).



  • MBA or other graduate business degree
  • Specialized in materials management / supply chain management
  • Experience in manufacturing/operations management
  • Experience with People Soft (MRP) software applications
  • APICS certification.
  • Experience with manufacturing in Mexico.


Rain Bird is an Qual Opportunity Employer