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Material Management Supervisor (Machine Shop)


New Orleans, LA


Engineering, Manufacturing & Production


Laitram Machine Shop
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Laitram Machine Shop is seeking a supervisor for the Material Managment Department. Laitram, LLC, is a global manufacturing company that has been part of the Louisiana business landscape for more than 50 years. Laitram employs over 2,400 people worldwide across four operating divisions – Intralox LLC, Laitram Machinery, Inc., Lapeyre Stair, Inc., and Laitram Machine Shop LLC. Laitram has been recognized for innovation and workplace excellence, including the New Orleans City Business “Best Place to Work” award. For more information, visit

Laitram Machine Shop provides cost effective, zero-defect inventory parts and components, while supporting new product development through technical expertise and rapid turnaround. As a team member in our innovative company, the supervisor is responsible for all aspects of the department’s day-to-day operations, including managing priorities, resources, equipment, and personnel effectively and efficiently with the goal of operational excellence. The supervisor will be passionate about individual and team development while consistently meeting customer expectations for delivery, quality, and value. The individual will offer creative solutions to challenges, opportunities, and rapidly changing priorities, with the ability to focus on future planning and project collaboration. The supervisor ensures that the Laitram Business Philosophy and Continuous Improvement Program are implemented throughout the department.

Confirm all safety and quality procedures are followed
Supervise and lead the 10-12 employees across two shifts on the Materials Management team 
Provide timely, specific feedback to employees, including formal biannual performance reviews and annual performance improvement planning in line with the Laitram Continuous Improvement timeline.
Build an effective team by supporting employee development and fostering teamwork and communication between individuals, teams, and departments.
Coordinate all aspects for the saw, press, receiving, materials management, inventory control & shipping operations for the Machine Shop
Analyze workflow and priorities, identify constraints, and develop informed options to meet customer expectations and increase overall productivity.
Manage and maintain workflow of material from receipt, storage, in-process, return to inventory in an organized approach, including shop supplies
Manage the shipping and receiving of inventory items and finished goods
Monitor the performance of the Materials Management department.
Maintain inventory accuracy to required standards
Ensure completion of regular cycle counts of inventory items to verify accuracy/location
Perform annual ABC analysis to assign efficient cycle count routines to all inventory item
Design and continuously improve the storage and layout of all warehouse and storage locations
Identify opportunities and lead projects that improve processes and machining capabilities striving for operational excellence and a highly efficient use of available resources.

A minimum of 5 years’ experience in material management/control operations 
Previous supervisory experience, preferably in a manufacturing/production environment
Strong supervisory and organizational skills with proven success developing and executing key initiatives
Demonstrated success with structured approach to problem solving
Effective verbal and written communication
Solid computer skills
Familiarity and experience with the use of manufacturing resource planning (MRP) system
Understanding of the demands associated with supporting a manufacturing environment
Able to work outside of regular shift hours (nights, weekend, holidays) as needed

Desired Qualifications
B.S. degree in Business Administration, Management, Engineering, Supply Chain, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering or comparable
Supervision in a machine shop or metal fabrication environment
Experience with Saw and Press equipment 
Experience with Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing software (e.g., Solidworks, MasterCAM)
Oracle/Mapics/Other MRP system experience a plus