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Material Control Specialist

Company: The Wonderful Company LLC
Location: Bend
Posted on: August 6, 2019

Job Description:

We are currently seeking a dynamic, creative problem-solver to strengthen our production and supply chain capabilities. With a variety of chemistries underpinning our expanding product portfolio, producing the right pheromones at the right time will require tradeoffs between staffing, plant capacity, raw material availability and storage constraints. The Material Control Specialist will provide the insight, organization and analysis to support the production plans that meet our business needs.

The position requires a strong combination of analytical skills, production knowledge, and contingency planning, and a high proficiency with data, detail and cross-functional communication. This role provides an exciting opportunity to power the growth of our business as we leverage our new plant assets enter new markets and to launch new products.

Responsibilities Include:


  • Adjusting suggestions from the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to satisfy other constraints such as lab testing capacity, storage constraints, logistics efficiencies or supplier issues.
  • Generating proposals for optimizing our balance of capacity utilization, space, inventory and scheduled downtime.
  • Highlighting potential shortages in material or space and working with the broader team to identify solutions.


    • Combining constraints on time, material and staff into a comprehensive, agreed production schedule for every shift.
    • Generating batch orders in the ERP system for all ChemOps production. Issuing Batch Sheets and Batch Process Records for commercial production use.
    • Generating picking lists to ensure FIFO and FEFO.
    • Ensuring that trials and deviations still align with safety, quality and SCM requirements.

      Production Support:

      • Working with the production team to ensure non-inventoried and consumable supplies are available for production use.
      • Providing instruction and ad hoc documentation for issue management, including:
      • Inspection records for increased QC or equipment monitoring.
      • Unique placards for identifying material, locations or equipment.
      • Process descriptions for tracking material, staging waste or recording production disruptions.

        Inventory Management

        • Defining storage locations and picking logic for raw materials.
        • Ensuring the correct receipt of inventoried materials and consumable supplies used in ChemOps.
        • Allocating and tracking raw materials to ensure FEFO, environmental compliance, and quality traceability.
        • Defining and managing the program for controlling inventory, including labeling, placards and cycle counts.

          Reporting Results

          • Posting production results in our ERP system.
          • Determining the approach for posting consumption of materials in new formulations or experimental trials.
          • Reporting progress of Key Performance Indicators with respect to the production plan daily.

            Managing Items and Offerings

            • Managing Items and Formulas in the ERP system to properly represent the recipes for each ChemOps product.
            • Managing work centers, routes, scrap levels and item characteristics to properly represent manufacturing capabilities and to drive production scheduling and material requirement planning.
            • Providing support for projects and studies for new products and continuous improvement.

              Other Important Duties:

              Supply Chain Project Support

              • Enhancing the use of ERP by providing training to new team members and providing feedback on new initiatives.
              • Leading updates to planning and inventory management that affect the structure of manufacturing and supply chain activities in the ERP system.

                Job Requirements:

                A lot of enthusiasm, passion and excitement for what we do at Suterra. The ability to interface with project leaders and drive critical, strategic initiatives to success. The successful candidate will interface daily with a number of cross-functional teams and will collaborate at multiple levels of the organization to generate solutions.

                As well as:

                • An ability to work cross-functionally and to serve as the interface between Manufacturing and ChemOps.
                • Rigorous attention to detail.
                • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite of applications.
                • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and ability to present ideas and issues in a clear, quantified manner.
                • Three to five years of experience in one or more roles in engineering, quality control, manufacturing, supply chain management or related fields.
                • Experience with lean manufacturing disciplines and continuous improvement projects.
                • Previous experience with ERP systems and an interest in becoming a subject matter expert in our ERP system, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.
                • Demonstrated ability to solve problems while mitigating risks to resources and deadlines.
                • Enthusiasm for teamwork at multiple levels and across multiple functions of the organization.
                • Strong written and oral communication skills.
                • Competitive benefits package including Medical (including 24/7 online access to a physician), Vision, Dental, and 401k with match eligibility.
                • Subsidized gym membership.
                • Wonderful Giving ( -- allowing you to donate company money to a cause of your choice.

                  About Suterra

                  Suterra is the world's leading provider of biorational products for crop protection and commercial pest control. The company is dedicated to the research, development and commercialization of environmentally-friendly products using naturally occurring compounds such as pheromones.

                  Suterra is growing rapidly and investing aggressively in support of new product development. Suterra's parent company, The Wonderful Company, has invested over $80 million in a modern, state-of-the art facility in Bend, Oregon to synthesize active ingredients and manufacture proprietary dispensing technologies.

                  Suterra is an Equal Opportunity Employer and with opportunities for advancement. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories.


                  Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Keywords: The Wonderful Company LLC, Bend , Material Control Specialist, Other , Bend, Oregon

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