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Assistant Materials Manager

With more than $1B in revenue, Tennant Company is a globally recognized leader in the cleaning equipment industry. For the past 150 years, we have been passionate about developing and manufacturing innovative and sustainable solutions for our customers. At Tennant Company, we are committed to stewardship and creating a cleaner, safer and healthier world. With manufacturing, operations and sales, service, and support functions across the globe, your journey at Tennant can take you places you never expected.


Assistant Materials Manager is part of Materials Management plant team responsible for procurement of raw materials, production planning, inventory control and shipping teams in Tennant North America plants. Assistant Materials Manager will lead and complete monthly Sales and Inventory Operations’ Planning (SIOP), and work collaboratively with Business Unit, Global Supply, Operations and Finance leadership ensuring SIOP cycle completion.  This individual will be responsible for coordinating and/or leading Materials Continuous improvement initiatives.



  • Responsible for compiling SIOP monthly data and working with Business Unit, Global Supply, Operations and Finance on alignment and consensus for the future months’ production plans
  • Reporting out on SIOP and preparing executive SIOP decks
  • Responsible for inventory level reporting and forecasting for annual and monthly forecast, reporting out and driving actions for optimal inventory levels
  • Leading and collaborating with stakeholders on Materials department process improvements and continuous improvement projects
  • Learn and maintain knowledge of all materials department functions, lead and coordinate training efforts for the department
  • Leading and managing materials team during Materials Manager absences



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Business and/or equivalent of 5 years of experience in Materials Management, Operations and/or Supply Chain
  • Lean and/or Six Sigma Continuous certified, and/or 3 years of experience in Continuous Improvement projects
  • Priori Sales and Operations Planning experience preferred
  • Prior Supervisory and/or Management experience required; this role will eventually have direct reports
  • Prior SAP experience preferred


REQUIRED INTERPERSONAL & BEHAVIORAL SKILLS:  In addition to the General Responsibilities, the following are requisite interpersonal and behavior skills of the position as well as:

  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to identify, collaborate on, lead and execute process improvements
  • Critical thinking skills and strong problem solving skills
  • Identifies and prioritizes problems accurately, constructively, and in a timely manner
  • Works productively, plans, uses time and resources efficiently, follows through to completion
  • Interacts and communicates effectively with others across levels and departments
  • Ability to work effectively within a team and build strong working relationships with internal customers
  • Demonstrates effective presentation skills
  • Supports organizational change (e.g., asks questions, abandons past ways of doing things, etc.)
  • Takes responsibility for addressing critical roadblocks to achieving goals and demonstrates a sense of urgency about achieving results


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Equal Opportunity Employer

Tennant Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made on the basis of individual skill, ability, reliability, productivity, and other factors important to performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, military service, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information (including family medical history), marital status, gender identity or expression, parental status, political or any other non-merit based factors protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.



Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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