Materials Manager, Marathon Equipment

Date: Jan 24, 2023

Location: Vernon, AL, US

Company: Dover Corporation

Environmental Solutions Group encompasses industry-leading brands — Heil Environmental, Marathon, Bayne, The Curotto-Can, 3rd Eye, and Soft-Pak — to create a premier, fully integrated equipment group serving the solid waste and recycling industry. Through extensive voice-of-customer outreach, in-house engineering and manufacturing capabilities, a wide-reaching service network, and proven industry expertise, Environmental Solutions Group is focused on solving customer problems through environmentally responsible products and providing world-class support.  For more information, visit


ESG is a Dover Corporation operating company. Dover is a diversified global manufacturer and solutions provider with annual revenue of approximately $7 billion. We deliver innovative equipment and components, consumable supplies, aftermarket parts, software and digital solutions, and support services through five operating segments: Engineered Products, Fueling Solutions, Imaging & Identification, Pumps & Process Solutions and Refrigeration & Food Equipment. Dover combines global scale with operational agility to lead the markets we serve. Recognized for our entrepreneurial approach for over 60 years, our team of over 23,000 employees takes an ownership mindset, collaborating with customers to redefine what's possible. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under "DOV." Additional information is available at



Operating Company: Environmental Solutions Group Marathon Equipment 

Location: Vernon, AL 

Reports to: Plant Manager 

Department: Operations 



This Materials Manager position is both a strategic material and purchasing management role. This position will be responsible for analyzing, planning, and managing the flow of raw and finished materials to ensure appropriate inventory levels are available to satisfy internal and external customers, and meet quality, delivery, cost, and cash objectives. This position will work in close contact with the Buyers and Logistics Materials Handlers and is responsible for their performance and alignment to business objectives. 


This is a highly visible position with responsibility to provide results driven leadership to the purchasing and materials departments. Key areas of accountability include hands-on participation in department activities, planning, budgeting, purchasing, resource management, scheduling, training, supplier network, best practices, quality, and continued improvement of responsible areas. 



  • Responsible for partnering with Production to obtain on-time deliveries to customers. 
  • Analyzes needs and buys materials using Kanban, sales histories, and MRP. 
  • Leads continuous improvement efforts in procurement and supply base management. 
  • Develops materials team through performance management and provides continual professional, candid feedback to team members. 
  • Drives year-over-year materials productivity per Annual Operating Plan (AOP) and inventory reductions. 
  • Works to reduce and eliminate E&O. 
  • Works with materials team to secure contracts and recommend appropriate settlements for delays, defective materials, or other errors. 
  • Works to ensure Import / Export Trade Compliance. 
  • Manages work order flow and schedules work order start dates. 
  • Manages direct reports to ensure accurate invoicing/payments made in a timely manner. 
  • Oversees cycle counts to maintain accuracy of inventory. 
  • Issues corrective actions for BOM errors to appropriate personnel. 
  • Works with materials team and provides feedback as business needs grow. 
  • Proactively obtain industry trend data and provide timely feedback to Senior Leadership. 
  • Provide input and data to support Marathon’s ongoing budgeting and strategic planning process. 
  • Identify and develop strategic suppliers / partnerships to support Marathon’s business goals. 
  • Establish departmental goals and objectives that provide world-class materials performance to the organization. 
  • Establish and track meaningful departmental reports / measurements. 
  • Analyze reports, measurements, and external benchmarks to identify opportunities for continuous improvement. 
  • Proactively lead the materials team to continuously improve processes and procedures. 
  • Manage all departmental functions such that goals and objectives are consistently achieved. 
  • Adhere to company policies, procedures, and ethics codes and ensure that they are communicated and implemented within the department. 
  • Deliver continuous improvement in supplier delivery, quality, and cost. 
  • Ensure timely receipt of materials to support the production schedule. 
  • Manage purchase contracts to protect Marathon’s interests. 
  • Schedule material demands and work order completion dates in system to support production schedule. 
  • Proactively manage material and work order exceptions and provide feedback to Manufacturing and Project Management on critical information. 
  • Manage and oversee ABCD cycle counting process per Dover guidelines. 
  • Interface with production managers to establish workflow including release dates, releasing order, dates, and cash flow management. 
  • Minimize overall inventory value. 
  • Ensure accuracy of data in system including location, quantity on hand, value, etc. 
  • Create procedures and reporting for the effective management of inventory. 
  • Ensure all materials are received promptly and accurately. 
  • Fully embrace Marathon’s quality system to identify opportunities and drive continuous improvement. 
  • Assist the sales department with proposal efforts. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned to insure the efficiency of the company. 



  • Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably with emphasis in Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Industrial Technology, or Materials Management / Purchasing or equivalent experience.  
  • 15+ years of related experience in buying, production and materials planning, inventory control and related areas. 
  • Prior management experience required in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Strong lean background required. 
  • Working knowledge of MRP. 
  • Thorough knowledge of JDE or other similar ERP systems experience preferred. 
  • CPM and/or APICS certification preferred. 
  • Microsoft Office experience required – including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 
  • Demonstrated organizational skills to include good communication, time management, and problem solving. 
  • Ability to objectively coach employees through complex and difficult issues. 



Attract, Develop and Retain Talent 

Change Leadership 

Results Driven 



Ethics and Work Standards: Maintain the highest ethical and work standards, while promoting the same attributes in co-workers and others.  Ensure that all business activities – with both internal and external customers – to be performed with a professional demeanor and that all participants be held accountable to this high standard.

Communication:  Expresses thoughts clearly, both orally and in writing, using good grammar. Presents concise, well organized reports in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.  Listens to understand input, feedback and concerns.  Provides complete information in an open, honest and straightforward manner.  Responds promptly and positively to questions and requests.

Teamwork and Relationships:  Works with other employees willingly and in a spirit of cooperation and teamwork.  Supports cooperation.  Demonstrates a commitment to the entire business and is supportive of all initiatives (company and departmental) to help grow Environmental Solutions Group business in the United States and abroad.  Cooperates fully with others to achieve organizational goals. Is tactful, courteous, and considerate.  Embraces a positive outlook.  Is respected and trusted by others.

Continual Improvement and Problem Resolution: Identifies and communicates suggestions for work improvements.  Uses technical and analytical abilities to assure existing work practices are the most efficient and cost effective possible. Performs root-cause analysis and implements viable, permanent solutions to problems.  Works with both internal and external customers to develop solutions which meet company-wide needs and objectives.  Applies a sense of urgency to resolve problems or creates opportunities that will increase productivity and create value.  Shares best practices with other employees across the business.

Accountability:  Accepts responsibility and accessibility for both the strategic planning and the successful implementation of all projects, programs, and duties as outlined in this job description. Advises supervisor of concerns, problems and progress of work in a timely manner.



All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.


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