Materials Consultant

Steelcase | Grand Rapids, MI

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Posted Date 10/13/2021

Who we are:

Steelcase was founded as an office furniture maker, and we've evolved into the international leader in workplace solutions. We apply our insights to the intersection of space, technology, and furniture, helping individuals and teams in leading companies around the world to be more successful at work. We pursue innovation, strive for sustainability and develop insights in every part of our business.

Why people choose to work with us:

Let's start with the cool workspace—after all, that's our business. But that's just one of the ways we help people like you do their best work. We encourage curiosity and critical thinking, we embrace well-being in its broadest sense and we provide mentoring and inspiration at every step of your career journey.

What you will be doing:

Our Materials Consultant must be process & people-focused. We are looking for a materials professional who provides business guidance and technical direction to the Work From Home (WFH) Operations Leadership, and Product Category team members. Works proactively within a multi-disciplined effort, providing support and service to the WFH Product Category, the Manufacturing plants, and our Suppliers to implement innovative, optimized, agile and elastic material flow solutions to meet the strategic category business plan. Supports and influences the development and implementation of Material Strategies to best support our WFH Products by approving, assigning and coaching core team members within the WFH Category, Procurement, Manufacturing, Materials Management and Distribution on the strategies. Establish expectations, measures, and continuous improvement plans in the WFH Category, Materials Management Processes. Represents Materials Management WFH Category within Steelcase, Inc to evaluate and influence adding or removing candidate products from our WFH offering. Develops the Materials Management process plans and project strategies that will be required to make our WFH Category a successful new sales steam and increase sales


  • Solid Understanding of ERP systems (SAP)
  • Able to develop/understand/implement strategic plans, make decisions, prioritize many tasks, deal effectively with problems and conflicts, negotiate to solutions, and handle high pressure situations
  • Able to integrate and use forecasting, optimizing, planning and plant execution.
  • Experience with continuous improvement and lean manufacturing tools in the context of “making material flow”
  • Global cultural understanding, sensitivity and diplomacy
  • High degree of interpersonal and written/verbal English communication skills required to work with all levels of management and communicate effectively to multiple levels in all global locations

  • A working knowledge of Spanish would be a plus


  • Four year technical degree required. Advanced technical or business degree a plus
  • 3-5 years of experience within Materials, Operations, Procurement, Logistics or Product Development
  • Weighted preference towards Materials Management, Logistics and Procurement experience
  • Experience leading, influencing and motivating cross functional teams, including Plant Ops, Plant & LDC Materials, Procurement, and Category Managers to meet our WFH Category project & performance goals


We invite you to submit your resume/CV through our careers page.

We are proud to have a diverse and inclusive workforce, and we're always looking to get better. We value applicants who are comfortable interacting with people different than themselves. Women, people of any race or national origin, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, veterans, working mothers and fathers, and everyone else are all invited to apply.

Steelcase provides employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, color, creed, genetic information, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or veteran status and bases all employment decisions only on valid job requirements.

Job Type
Full time

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