Material Control Analyst

Date: Jun 7, 2022

Location: Lafayette, IN, US, 47905

Company: Subaru

Materials Procurement – Material Control Analyst


The Material Control Analyst manages the ordering and movement of materials end to end while identifying underperforming areas in the supply chain by analyzing costs, capacity, and demand patterns. Continuously reviews and assesses inventory levels based on demand forecasting, historical data, and supplier capabilities to identify sources of problems to develop suggestions for solutions. Identifies performance deficiencies, compliance concerns, and areas for improvement in the supply chain to support root cause analysis and formulate actionable solutions with the supply base to maintain positive results. Designs and organizes reports to provide relative data to all stakeholders and may assist in the negotiation of contract arrangements. This role has a direct impact on production results and overall financial strength to both Subaru and its supplier base and a strong influence on the overall cost per unit.


Essential Job Functions

The essential functions described below are intended to broadly define the expectations of the role.


  1. Assess and oversee supply chain strengths and opportunities.
  2. Analyze complex data and develop insights optimizing supply chain capabilities.
  3. Analyze supply impacts to future production, develops countermeasures and communicates the concerns, decisions, and results of the decision to the appropriate stakeholders.
  4. Identify demand pattern gaps and adjust ordering parameters to achieve positive results.
  5. Maintain and develop supplier standards that enhance the capabilities and production/financial results for both SIA and the supply base.
  6. Assess supplier’s performance based off SIA standards for discrepancies and improvement opportunities that can directly impact production / financial results.
  7. Develop actionable improvement plans and follow up directly with suppliers through onsite auditing and coaching to ensure a positive outcome for both SIA and the supply base.
  8. Maintain accurate inventory levels to meet JIT demands and maintain production and cost targets.
  9. Manage changepoints in forecast, production modifications, and supply chain disruptions while championing continuous improvement.
  10. Assesses future model changeover activity as it relates to new and obsolete part designs. Takes ownership of new part delivery and system creation for ownership transfer to mass production.
  11. All other duties as assigned by the Manager or Group Leader.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the Associate for this role.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.




  1. Teamwork – Takes initiative personally and corporately to meet the shifting needs of our fast paced and dynamic workplace. Communicate clearly and honestly at all times with respect to all stakeholders. Supports co-workers providing useful collaboration in areas of expertise and competency.


  1. Job Knowledge – Supports the business function of SIA as an expert in their field. Participates in continued growth to remain current of developments in areas of responsibility. Communicates professionally in a fashion that instills confidence in skills/expertise and trust in the SIA brand. Executes job duties to standards of quality and quantity as defined by Manager and SIA leadership.


  1. Professionalism – Leads through ethical and responsible decision making in the best interest of the SIA brand. Possesses a demonstrated ability to positively influence the work productivity of others. Presents a professional and organized image to all internal and external customers/stakeholders. Represents service leadership through enthusiasm, honesty, and diligence.


  1. Critical Thinking – Applies critical thinking to challenges in the workplace. Successfully breaks down problems into smaller components, understands underlying issues, can simplify and process complicated issues, and effectively differentiates between critical and unimportant facts. Utilizes principles such as Kaizen, root cause analysis, SWOT, PDCA, 5 Whys, effective communication, and other relevant skills. Demonstrates understanding/ability to interpret data and appropriately applies findings to workable solutions. Implements continuous measurement processes to guard against problem reoccurrence.

Required Education, Experience and Qualifications

  • Associate Degree in Supply Chain Management or a related field plus 1 – 3 years of relevant experience, or verifiable experience in a supply chain/manufacturing environment for 5+ years
  • Experience in end-to-end supply chain operations, including supplier management, internal and external logistics, inventory control, and component parts management.
  • Demonstrated ability to fulfill the above operational responsibilities, ensure the deliverables and achieve business objectives.
  • Highly motivated, articulate, detail oriented, with a well-developed emotional intelligence
  • Demonstrated ability to make critical decisions independently which supports the department’s responsibilities and goals.


Preferred Education, Experience and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or 5+ years relevant experience.
    • Supply Chain Management or related field


Skills and Knowledge Required

• Self-motivated - high initiative
• Ability to manage projects from start to finish
• Ability to use data to drive activity, productivity, and cost
• Ability to work closely with production


Supervisory Responsibilities

This role will not supervise other Associates.


Work Environment

This role operates in a professional open office environment subject to frequent interruptions and distractions. Required to work in an industrial manufacturing setting that will include moving and/or assembly lines. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and photocopiers. The role frequently collaborates with colleagues, internal customers/Associates, external contractors, and management.


Physical Demands

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an Associate with or without a reasonable accommodation to successfully perform the essential functions of this role. While performing the duties of this role, the Associate is required to be at work as scheduled consistently and dependably, communicate. The Associate is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to finger for keyboarding, handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms.


  • The ability to sit, stand and walk for up to two hours at time.
  • The ability to respond quickly to abnormal sounds or alarms.
  • The ability to move safely over uneven terrain in confined spaces.
  • The ability to see and respond to dangerous situations.
  • The ability to wear personal protective equipment.


Work Hours

This role generally works in alignment with production hours and is subject to overtime to meet demands of production, which may include scheduled weekends, shutdowns, and daily overtime to meet department goals and deadlines. This role does not currently allow for remote work opportunities.



This role requires minimal travel. Occasional travel may be required mainly for off-site training or business collaboration purposes including potential overseas travel.

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette