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Materials Analyst Operations/Production

Date: Jan 10, 2021

Location: Cleveland, TN, US, 37323

Company: Whirlpool Corporation

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Materials Analyst Operations/Production


Functional Overview:

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for a Materials Analyst Operations/Production within our Material Planning Organization. 


The purpose of this role is to provide leadership to our Internal Materials group to successfully provide innovative methods for material flow and process redesigns and improvement this includes managing hourly material handlers working with production and engineering as well as managing supplier relationships in accordance with Whirlpool’s values and goals in safety, quality, delivery, and cost. 


Job Responsibilities:

  • Solid understanding of the lean concepts, material flow, and productivity/efficiency projects
  • Manage a variety of projects involving flow, inventory, line display, transportation, and packaging
  • Accountable for developing the most efficient flow of material through the facility with minimal lead times
  • The material team is accountable for ensuring optimum material handling efficiency and equipment utilization
  • As the leader in the Materials group, you will be responsible for providing the team with proper facilitation and coaching around data analysis, decision making, and presentation of solutions around material handling and deliver/presentation issues.  These situations are often under tight time constraints and require the ability to make logical and consistent decisions with less than complete data and information
  • Ensures World Class Manufacturing (WCM) principles are adhered to and expanded and are in compliance with plant safety processes. Lead WCM expansion teams
  • Lead the material flow process to create efficiencies
  • Develop new systems and processes to support the improved flow
  • Monitor manpower and delivery metrics and lead problem-solving efforts
  • Collaborate with Engineering, Workplace Organization (WO) and greater plant team to ensure alignment to project charter(s)
  • Support/lead projects to achieve department cost objectives
  • Achieve Safety, Delivery and Cost goals
  • Develop and maintain manpower efficiency charts and targets
  • Drive returnable packaging initiatives and density improvement opportunities
  • Provide data for plant LCD (Logistics Cost Deployment)
  • Develop a process for rack build management including cost-benefit analysis and benefit/cost ratios


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree 
  • 3+ years of Manufacturing experience
  • 3+ years of Supply Chain or Engineering experience
  • Six Sigma Green Belt


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Knowledge of manufacturing and supply chain concepts and parts flow
  • Strong Excel/Access skills
  • Strong SAP skill
  • Effective at developing and using standardized work
  • Technical/Product Knowledge: Supply Chain Management, Knowledge of Industry Standards
  • WCM Knowledge:  Focus on Logistics and Customer Service
  • Experience with lean concepts such as Kaizen or Six Sigma
  • Understands and employs basic change management methodology
  • Uses logic and problem-solving tools to develop plans to meet targets and look forward proactively and to prioritize
  • Can lead conversations with plant teams/suppliers in a proactive, productive manner
  • Use of Google Tools (Google: Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms & Drawings)



Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the world’s leading kitchen and laundry appliance company, with approximately $20 billion in annual sales, 77,000 employees, and 59 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2019. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit, and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. Additional information about the company can be found at    

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