Materials Manager in Raleigh, NC at Wakefield Thermal Solutions

Date Posted: 1/11/2023

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  • Location:
    Raleigh, NC
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Job Description

Wakefield Thermal is part of the Heico Companies, and in aggregate, Heico’s businesses generate more than $3.2 billion in revenues. Wakefield Thermal is a global leader in innovative thermal management solutions for a diverse range of markets. Building on over four decades of leadership and experience, Wakefield Thermal designs, manufactures, and sells thermal management products that remove excess heat generated by electronic components.

Our Mission: Our businesses have made an all-encompassing commitment across all levels of the organization to never sacrifice safety. Deliver industry-leading quality, and on-time delivery while providing an exceptional customer experience. Position ourselves as a leader in the industry through technological advancements and supply chain excellence. Promote a culture of success and excellence through collaboration, accountability, transformative, and shared belief in our vision.


The Material Manager will be responsible for the direction of the materials management and purchasing function for the Wakefield Raleigh facility to achieve service and inventory goals.  He/she will work across functional and geographic boundaries to ensure high levels of customer service and satisfaction relative to inventory service levels and management and communication of inventory failures.  The ideal candidate will have experience in the extruded/fabricated aluminum marketplace or, in a position that purchases raw materials to be used in a manufacturing process. 


  • Manage and direct a staff of warehouse clerks
  • Manage yearly physical inventory
  • Provide analysis and research on all company vendors – ensuring that vendors have the capability to fulfill an order minimizing company risk.
  • Responsible for delivery schedules, transport contracts, and timetables, as well as ensuring accountability in the receiving process.
  • Achieve material cost objectives.
  • Responsible for the company’s financial affairs as it pertains to purchasing.
  • Responsible for securing the best possible price on all purchase decisions.
  • Negotiates prices and quantities of all purchases and follows a conservative approach to buying in bulk for discount purposes.
  • Responsible for managing the department's budgets to ensure adherence to all budgeted limits.
  • This position is a hand’s on position in a fast-paced and dynamic manufacturing environment.
  • Responsible for the cleanliness of his/her own work area and the general housekeeping of the Company.


  • A. or B.S Degree required.
  • 10+ years of purchasing experience preferred.
  • Strong working knowledge of inventory planning, forecasting techniques as well as operational systems, and warehouse management.
  • Inquisitive, detail-oriented with strong analytical skills and an innovative approach to problem-solving.
  • International and manufacturing purchasing in a multi-facility organization is preferred.
  • Strong verbal/written communication skills and negotiation practices.
  • Excellent MS office capabilities are required.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk and sit.  The employee will use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to sit and use a computer keyboard with a mouse for long periods of time. The employee will occasionally lift and/or move 25 pounds.


Office, Plant, or Warehouse locations:

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

While performing the duties of this job in the Plant or Warehouse, the employee is exposed to noise and aluminum particles. The noise level is usually moderate, but hearing protection may be required in designated areas.  The employee is required to wear safety glasses when in the plant. 


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