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Materials Management Specialist

9300 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48209, USA Req #82
Monday, June 15, 2020

One Water, One Team

When you work at Great Lakes Water Authority, you help make a difference in the environment and in your local community.


“One water, one team” is more than just a phrase, it’s a way of doing business. Here, you don’t work for GLWA, you work with GLWA. We are racing toward a shared goal to become the region’s most-trusted, high-quality water and wastewater resource.


The Materials Management Specialist receives, stores and issues supplies and maintains records in a storeroom; assist in the supervision of a stores’ operation; direct the work activities of employees engaged in specialized stores’ activities.



Receive, store, and disburse stock, equipment, and tools. Prepare requisitions and make recommendations for purchases based on operation needs and past consumption from records. Perform and reconcile physical count with inventory records and order requests. Contact vendors to obtain price quotes, secure prices and to place orders. Prepare various store activity reports.  Ensure security of supplies, equipment, materials and/or recycled products. Develop methods to assign inventory/stock numbers and locate places for storing materials and supplies.  Develop and maintain a variety of records including but not limited to perpetual inventory records, time records of field crews, work, costs, or quantities of supplies furnished for a particular job and other similar activity records.  Consult manufacturers and catalogues for materials and supplies specifications.  Check incoming material and supplies for quality and quantity against invoices, purchase orders, packing slips, contract order release forms or other documents.  Operate automotive vehicles and mechanized materials handling equipment such as forklifts and dollies.  Perform shift work which includes all day, afternoon, night, weekend and holiday assignments.  A valid Michigan Driver’s License and the ability to drive a motor vehicle on all terrain. Wear personal protective equipment (PPE).  Follow security and safety policies and procedures in carrying out work duties.  Provide on the job training.



Keep storeroom and/or yards in a clean and orderly condition. Perform related work duties as assigned.

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE (position requirements at entry):

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Two (2) years of experience in handling and issuing of supplies in a warehouse or store operation including maintenance of related clerical records
  • CDL (Certified Driver’s License) required


  • Valid Michigan Driver’s License.
  • Operate forklift or dolly.
  • Ability to work irregular hours, to commute to
  • GLWA facilities and work sites and respond to after hour emergencies and on-call responses.



  • Up-to-date perpetual inventory records and accepted purchasing practices of a large organization

  • Methods used to receive and issue materials in a storeroom or stockroom

  • Recycling processes and collections 


  • Use advanced technology

  • Maintain various supply records and handling and sorting of materials


  • Devise handling and storing methods

  • Effectively utilize appropriate security and safety equipment and procedures

  • Issue and receive material from vendors

  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing

  • Understand and follow verbal and written instructions 

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

  • Communicate frequently with team members and other units across the Organization about process, equipment, or potential problems

  • Develop proficiency in unit specific operations and software

  • Delivery driver centralized distribution and receiving


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.


This position requires the ability to climb ladders, maneuver through storerooms, storage yards, warehouses, and elevated locations; lift a minimum of fifty (50) pounds, walk or stand for long periods of time; carry, stack, stoop, kneel, push, pull and other efforts requiring considerable physical strength.


This position requires the ability to work in all conditions involving exposure to outside elements and seasonal weather.  Work is performed at the plant or office environment. Work may be performed near systems with hazardous chemicals that are acidic, highly corrosive, heat producing and potentially explosive. Employees will also be required to pass a yearly baseline physical and fit test for respirator/Self Contained Breathing Apparatus. Work may be performed in hazardous areas that require respiratory protection and personal protective equipment (PPE), and under slippery and wet conditions. This position may be exposed to excessive noise, moving objects and vehicles.

We are all strategic partners on the path to becoming a Utility of the Future, and GLWA prioritizes the selection of highly talented, well-qualified individuals to help us get there.

We are dedicated to expertly delivering the nation’s best water and wastewater services to southeast Michigan. We offer competitive pay and the starting wage or salary, if hired, is variable. Factors such as your proven hard and soft skills, your level of education, history in the sector or industry, and meaningful work experience will all be evaluated.

We also offer an opportunity for advancement, on the job training, ongoing professional development, tuition assistance and a career in a sector that safeguards public health, supports and strengthen communities, and protects the environment.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Other details

  • Job Family Materials Management Specialist
  • Job Function Operations
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • 9300 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48209, USA