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Transportation - Logistics
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Full Time
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Date Posted:
September 25, 2018

Manager, Materials, Inventory and Assets


Join an award-winning wastewater industry leader in protecting our environment! Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) is an operating division of the Metropolitan Council. MCES operates and maintains the wastewater collection and treatment system for the Minneapolis-St. Paul seven-county metropolitan area, which includes approximately 600 miles of regional sanitary sewers and eight regional wastewater treatment plants. MCES treats an average of 250 million gallons of wastewater daily, providing cost-effective service to more than 2.6 million people in 109 customer communities. MCES treatment plants consistently earn state and national awards for complete compliance with their environmental permits. MCES also is nationally recognized for its work monitoring air and water quality and planning for a long-range water supply to meet future demand.

We are committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.  

To find out how the Metropolitan Council and the Environmental Services division serve the Twin Cities region, please click on the links for more information: and

The Metropolitan Council is seeking a full-time Manager, Materials, Inventory, and Assets to join our Environmental Services(ES) Division.

How your work would contribute to our organization and the Twin Cities region:

The Manager, Materials, Inventory, and Assets oversees, plans and directs all aspects of the Metropolitan Council's Materials Management policies, objectives and initiatives. This position also directs warehousing and distribution channels and ensures material needs are met throughout the organization. The position plans and forecasts customer orders and is responsible for purchase of materials, supplies, and equipment. The incumbent is responsible for policies and procedures in the area of inventory control, ensures materials are managed in the most cost-effective manner to ensure availability, efficiency and functionality. This position is also responsible for oversight and coordination of related budget, regulatory, accounting, and auditing activities. It manages multiple service contracts, supervises the work of subordinate supervisors and warehouse staff.

Please Note: Applications submitted by August 1, will be given preference.  This position will remain open continuous until filled and can close at any time after August 1 without further notice.

What you would do in this job:

  • Oversee all Materials Management operations and staff, including the Metro Plant Warehouse, storerooms at the Regional Maintenance Facility, Seneca, Blue Lake, Empire, Eagles Point, St. Croix Valley, Hastings and East Bethel Wastewater Treatment Facilities, and three (3) remote storerooms at the Metro Plant.
  • Originate Sole Source and Contract Initiation memos for goods and services that exceed the micro-purchase level and require upper management and Council authorization.
  • Manage Environmental Services contracts for both goods and services, including the development of specifications, vendor selection, goal setting and performance compliance.
  • Manage programs including establishing all Materials Management Policies and Procedures; information systems including Mobile Computing.
  • Manage and administer the Drug and Alcohol testing program for the MCES Maintenance Department at all facilities.
  • Create and implement strategic planning and long-term tactical plans that support the plant and business units.
  • Financial management with an inventory of over $8M and contracts valued at over $6M.
  • Analyze and report on inventory and standardizing parts and materials across all facilities.
What education and experience are required for this job (minimum qualifications)

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Materials Management, Finance, Economics or related field AND Six (6) years of progressively responsible materials management and contract/procurement experience WITH Three (3) years of supervisory, management, or project management experience.


  • Associate's degree in Business Administration, Materials Management, Finance, Economics or related field AND Eight (8) years of progressively responsible materials management and contract/procurement experience WITH Three (3) years of supervisory, management, or project management experience.
  • High School Diploma or G.E.D AND Ten (10) years of progressively responsible materials management and contract/procurement experience WITH Three (3) years of supervisory, management, or project management experience.

Licenses/Certifications/Registration: Valid driver's license with acceptable driving record.

What additional skills and experience would be helpful in this job (desired qualifications).

  • Experience in Industrial or Utilities warehouse management
  • CPIM Certification (Certified production and inventory management).
  • CSCP Certification (Certified Supply Chain Professionals).

What knowledge, skills and abilities you should have within the first six months on the job.

  • Knowledge of and experience with computerized materials management system
  • Knowledge of inventory management, accounting and finance principles and practices, including budgeting and resource allocation
  • Knowledge of project management principles
  •  Knowledge of contract terms and processes, procurement and purchasing terms, processes, rules and regulations 
  • Knowledge of government and commercial contracting regulations and principles, and subcontracting practices
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents such as manufacturer specifications, union contracts, operating and maintenance instructions, procedure manuals and service contracts
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing to both technical and non-technical audiences, sufficient to present ideas, concepts, analysis and results
  • Ability to develop, motivate and foster collaborative relationships with both internal and external partners 
Additional information:

Union/Grade: Metropolitan Council Management Association (MANA), Grade J
FLSA: Exempt
Safety Sensitive: Yes

Working Conditions: Work is performed in an office setting on an industrial plant with the possibility of exposure to hot and cold temperatures, fumes, unpleasant odors, chemicals and other industrial elements.

What steps the recruitment process involves:
  1. We review your minimum qualifications.
  2. We rate your education and experience.
  3. We conduct a structured panel interview. 
  4. We have a third-party vendor complete a leadership assessment.
  5. We conduct a selection/final interview.
Once you have successfully completed the steps above, then:

If you are new to the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (safety sensitive positions only) and a background check, which verifies education and employment, covers driving record (if applicable to the job) and any criminal record. If you have a criminal conviction, you do not automatically fail. The Metropolitan Council considers felony, gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis, based on whether they are related to the job and whether the candidate has demonstrated adequate rehabilitation.
If you are already an employee of the Metropolitan Council, you must pass a drug test (if moving from a non-safety sensitive position to a safety sensitive position) and criminal background check if the job you're applying for is safety sensitive, is a supervisory or management job, is in the Finance, Information Services or Human Resources departments, or has access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers or transit fare cards

The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please call Human Resources at 651.602.1398