Materials Specialist

Grand Rapids, MI
The Material Specialist 2 is responsible for working to stage and supply the Boom Line with materials, as needed. Orders are picked using an RF scanner and the appropriate material handling equipment. (Hi-lo, picker, and cart). The Material Specialist 2 rotates and maintains boom components in a FIFO manner. The individual will review Bill of Material lists for accuracy, addressing issues or discrepancies with the appropriate persons. The Material Specialist 2 is also responsible for completing assembly and all work that comes out to the VST area, ensuring work orders are completed and closed on time.
Essential Functions
  • Prioritize boom line orders to be picked according to schedule and customer demand.
  • Accurately and efficiently perform picking tasks using the appropriate material handling equipment (hi-lo, picker, cart) and lifting techniques.
  • Maintain proper FIFO of boom components.
  • Place picked items in the staging area and prioritize with the proper flag.
  • Effectively monitor boom bays, moving empty carts into the staging area and new jobs into the bays, according to priority.
  • Research and report all issues and errors according to procedure.
  • Process parts requisitions for needed materials.
  • Perform daily/weekly cycle counts of boom components, as assigned; reporting discrepancies on inventory sheets.
  • Maintain a clean, safe, and organized work environment.
  • Actively participate in CI projects and events, sharing ideas for improvement.
  • Cross train in all functions of the materials area.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to help outside the material area when instructed.
  • Additional related duties, as assigned.
  • Job Specific Knowledge: Capably handles required administrative functions such as document processing, report compilation, project management. Understands and competently operates mechanical devises, machinery and equipment. Has a working knowledge of mechanical procedures, functions, and uses. Follows product and work instructions, and prints. Knowledgeable with products, parts and processes.
  • Quality of Work: Verifies work to ensure accurate results, requires minimal rework. Follows work instructions, procedures, and company policies. Meets productivity standards, deadlines and project schedules. Handles high volume of workload.
  • Interpersonal Communication & Teamwork: Listens to others, expressing ideas, both orally and in writing, and providing relevant information to management, co-workers, and customers. Makes a conscious effort to give explicit instructions or answers, seeks understanding, encourages feedback and listens carefully to others. Maintains good relationships, gets along with fellow employees, respects the rights of other employees and shows a cooperative spirit. Works well within the team, and recognizes and values others.
  • Adaptability/Autonomy/Dependability: Internally motivated. Works well with little or no supervision.  Maintains a productive schedule, timeline and goals.  Maintains a positive attitude amidst change and pressure.  Can be counted on when scheduling and when making staffing plans, especially during critical business times.  Consistently punctual and dependable in attendance.  Leads by example and sets standards for professional behavior.  Voluntarily assists others.
  • Problem Solving: Devises workable solutions or consults with secondary resources to devise solutions. Addresses the cause of the problems, modifies systems, processes or work instructions to rectify. Seeks relevant information and answers to key questions from several sources.
Education / Experience
  • High School diploma or equivalent, with ambition to further education relevant to job demands.
  • MHE experience. RF scanner experience highly preferred, but not required. Prior experience picking for an assembly area.
Technical Knowledge
  • Minimum of 1-3 years of material handling experience.
  • General understanding of distribution is preferred.
  • Understanding and experience with basic hand tools and power tools.
  • Basic computer skills, e-mail (Outlook).
  • Prior use of an ERP system is desirable.
  • Ability to attain forklift, (hi lo) and picker license.
Physical Requirements
  • Exerting up to 100lbs of force occasionally, and/or up to 50lbs of force frequently, and/or up to 20lbs of force constantly to move objects.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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