Materials Management Competencies Assessment

To develop a successful Materials Management Competencies, we have built a simple survey-like questionnaire Materials Management Competencies Self Assessment tool in Excel which you can download and share with your teams as well!

This Materials Management Competencies Self Assessment tool will help you as a guide to identify which one of the below-listed Materials Management Competencies is a gap in your personal competency skill set or within your team if you are Supply Chain Manager or Materials Manager.

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What is Materials Management?

"The Objectives of materials management are to solve materials problems from a total company viewpoint [optimize] by coordinating performance of the various materials functions, providing a communications network, and controlling materials flow" **

The tool has 76 questions under below mentioned 11 categories.


11 Components of Material Management Technical Competencies


1. Strategic Sourcing and Purchasing

Strategic sourcing and purchasing is the calculated decision making process in choosing the right materials of the right quantity, at the right time for the right time, this includes procurement decisions which involves the selection of vendors, and materials.

2. Inventory Management

Inventory management is the organisation of stock control in the manufacturing to distribution/warehouses and alternately, from the warehouses to the location of sales.

3. Material Requirements Planning

Materials Requirement Planning is the scheduling, planning and inventory control process, which dictates the manufacturing processes in terms of materials required and product output.

4. Capacity Planning

Capacity planning is the determination of the number of products required by the organisation to meet the demands of its customers. The design capacity in turn is the amount of product demand that the organisation is capable in meeting.

5. Process Planning

Process planning is the usage of technology to assist in the manufacturing of products and in the arrangements in meeting the demands set by the organisation.

6. Demand Management and Forecasting

Demand management is the method used to forecast the demand that the organisation would potentially be looking at meeting. Forecasting are methods adopted to predict the actual demand that an organisation would be expecting during a manufacturing cycle period.

7. Sales and Operations Planning

Sales and Operations Planning is the synchronization of the entire manufacturing processes to enable effective supply chain management.

8. Risk Management

Risk management is the strategic management of processes in the manufacturing line through control of static and dynamic materials to ensure that an organisation is able to maintain profitability rather than conduct activities that would increase cost of production and inventory holding.

9. Supply Chain Continuity

Supply chain continuity is the elimination of risks that would otherwise cause unpredictable breakage in the production line, which would affect the company performance.

10. Physical Distribution Management

Physical Distribution Management is the streamlining of all processes after the manufacturing of end processes, which includes transportation, packaging, customer service and inventory control.

11. Supply Chain Resilience

Supply chain resilience is the ability of the supply chain to cope with major shock and its capability to maintain output and customer service.

This is tool is designed for typical roles in Materials Management include:

  • Materials Manager
  • Inventory Control Manager
  • Production Control Manager
  • Inventory Analyst
  • Material Planner
  • Expediter

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** Lambert, M. D; Stock, R.J; Ellram, M.L. (1998), Fundamentals of Logistics Management, McGraw-Hill, Singapore.

Book Contents

  • Example Table of Contents 2
  • Introduction 4
    • About Author 5
    • Who is this book for? 7
    • How to read this book 10
  • Chapter 1 - History 12
  • Chapter 2 - Future 32