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U-Haul Manager Materials in Kansas City, Kansas


2101 Kansas Ave, Kansas City, Kansas 66105 United States of America

Materials Manager

PRIMARY FUNCTION: Under the direction of the Plant President responsible for the materials inventory management function at the production facility. Direct materials department personnel engaged in parts inventory control, ordering and shipping, receiving, and posting of parts numbers, etc.

Must be familiar with all technical newsletters, change in policies and procedures. Select, hire, train, review and approve recommendations of subordinates in matters of personnel actions such as to hire, transfer, promote and discipline up to and including termination. Initiate wage increases, evaluate job performance and administer discipline when necessary. Note: Essential duties are not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Position requires previous experience, knowledge in parts inventory management to perform the following duties:

  1. Must be able to safely operate a motor vehicle.

  2. Manage all aspects of parts inventory and disbursement of parts and parts presentation for the plant and for the production lines.

  3. Establish minimums and maximums (implement “just-in-time” - JIT - inventory) for accurate inventory control, perform regular inventories (cycle counts).

  4. Maintain cross-training program for new parts personnel.

  5. Ensure deadlines are met and Plant President and Plant Production Managers are informed of any significant delays in parts shipments or problems relating to parts inventory function.

  6. Reasonable and predictable attendance is essential.

  7. Understand and comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) regulations and company policies with regard to safety. Must wear adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and use other safety and emergency equipment as needed.

  8. Responsible for maximum utilization of equipment and facilities and for recommending changes in equipment, production techniques or material and tooling necessary.

  9. Confer with Plant President in the establishment of shift standards and working schedules for all production departments.

  10. Responsible for the proper maintenance of the plant and production facilities including preventive maintenance programs.

  11. Maintain conformance to budget limitations in all departments.

  12. Maintain compliance with company policies, safety standards and good housekeeping practices.

  13. Recommend equipment and facility requirements.


  1. Assist in the preparation of production inventory reports.

  2. May participate in personnel complaint procedures.

  3. May initiate and recommend purchase of new capital equipment.

SKILLS/REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/TOOLS: Skills/Knowledge: Must have the ability to read and comprehend technical manuals and newsletters. Strong verbal and written communication, interpersonal skills and must be detail oriented. Must possess knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques to ensure the effective manufacture of products. Must have the ability to work in a computerized environment using various software packages, such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Must have working knowledge of current Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. Tools/Machinery: May be required to use and operate the following: Hand Tools: Carpentry tools, dolly, hand truck, measuring tools (calipers, micrometers, fix gauges, tape measure, compass, templates, etc.), wrench, screwdriver, pliers, hammer, push broom, mop, squeegee, Power Tools: Carpentry tools, vacuum, floor polisher, electric jogger machine, paint sprayers, paint mixers Equipment: Welding equipment, diagnostic equipment, forklift, overhead crane, die cutter, workshop presses, blow torch, brazing/cutting apparatus, laminating equipment, masking equipment, hoists, lifts, digital printing machine, rotary/reciprocating blade cutter, sheeter, cutter, May be required to use standard office machinery

CONTACTS: Frequent contact with Plant personnel in person, in writing or verbally regarding production operations.

WORK ENVIRONMENT (CONDITIONS): The work environment involves moderate risks or discomforts which require special safety precautions, e.g., working around moving parts or machines, fumes, or irritant chemicals. May be required to use protective clothing, or gear such as masks, goggles, gloves, or shields.

CONFIDENTIALITY: This position requires regularly working with confidential data: YES. Access to budget information. Would disclosure of this confidential data be detrimental to the company’s competitive position? YES

CHARACTER OF SUPERVISION (if any): Does this position require regular supervision of individuals? YES Select, hire, train, review and approve recommendations of subordinates in matters of personnel actions such as to hire, transfer, promote and discipline up to and including termination. How many individuals are generally supervised (if any)? Determined by size of Plant. Is driving a motor vehicle necessary to perform duties? YES Is business travel required for this position? NO

MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Mental requirements include, but are not limited to, the ability to concentrate, take initiative, cope with stress, adapt to and stay alert in a business environment, and to use independent judgment to accomplish results.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking, recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching or similar activities; recurring lifting of moderately heavy items such as typewriters and record boxes. The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average agility and dexterity. The physical demands MOST OFTEN used to perform essential duties: carrying climbing crawling crouching depth perception digital dexterity feeling grasping handling hearing kneeling pulling pushing reaching seeing sitting standing stooping talking turning walking working speed lifting (min. 50 lbs. assisted or unassisted)

Must possess a valid driver’s license and maintain a good driving record to operate motor vehicles with both types of transmission (automatic or standard). Must adhere to all local vehicular regulations while driving. Must maintain good housekeeping practices in the work area and comply with all safety rules and procedures. It is mandatory that all accidents and injuries be reported immediately to supervisor. Must read company publications such as “U-Haul News”, policy bulletins, and other publications provided by supervisor, to understand U-Haul’s Primary Service Objective (to provide a better and better product and service to more and more people at a lower and lower cost). Must use integrity and discretion in safeguarding confidential data handled or obtained in the normal performance of duties. Perform other related duties as required or assigned including to assist in the recovery of lost or stolen U-Haul property and equipment. The person assigned to this job is subject to performing any duties relating to serving the customer. DATE: November, 2007 U-HAUL® -- A DRUG-FREE ENVIRONMENT!

AMERCO and its family of companies, including U-Haul, have strived to create a culture of health and wellness. As of February 1, 2020, and consistent with applicable state law, no AMERCO or U-Haul company will hire individuals in states where it may lawfully decline to hire individuals who use nicotine products. By continuing with this application, you are indicating that, if hired, you consent to nicotine screening in the future. This policy will not apply to team members hired before February 1, 2020.

U-Haul is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants for employment will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, provincial, state or local law. Individual accommodations are available on requests for applicants taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Information obtained during this process will only be shared on a need to know basis.

Since 1945, U-Haul has been serving do-it-yourself movers and their households. Like many other successful ventures, the concept for U-Haul was generated out of need. After World War II, there existed the widespread need for do-it-yourself moving equipment that would be available on a one-way, nationwide basis. U-Haul co-founders L.S. "Sam" Shoen and his wife, Anna Mary Carty Shoen, recognized that need and acted upon it. Their visionary approach spread the cost of ownership among many users, facilitating the mobility of the populations of the U.S. and Canada. The covered wagon of the pioneers morphed into orange U-Haul trailers. In the process, an industry was born.