Material Flow Engineer

Job Id:  43060
Job Family:  Production

Madison, SD, US, 57042

Employment Type:  Permanent

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Manitou is purposefully committed to you, its people. We continue to elevate our success based on a “One United Team” focus that enables our purpose-driven and agile work environment. We pride ourselves in fostering a work-life balance that allows flexibility in people's day-to-day lives. In an era when talent is in-demand, you will find an unwavering commitment to your personal and professional growth.



As a worldwide leader in handling, access platforms and earthmoving equipment, Manitou Group’s mission is to improve working conditions, safety and performance throughout the world, while preserving people and their environment. We design, manufacture, distribute and service products and solutions for the material handling, access equipment and compact earthmoving activities that work smarter, safer and reliably while delivering value to our customers.  Our high-profile brands include Manitou and Gehl, and we are proud of our network of 1,050 dealers throughout the world.  With sales in 140 countries, our team of 4,500 people are committed to delivering exceptional customer satisfaction.  We operate in more than 30 global locations to ensure proximity to our customers and services tailored to their needs.


Manitou continues on the forefront of innovation driving the green transition while also streamlining our operations guided by our customer-centric “New Horizons” roadmap. We are committed to providing safety and unique customer experiences worldwide. In sharing the same mission and values, our workforce remains engaged and passionate about what we manufacture and services we provide.



Manitou America is hiring a Material Flow Engineer in Madison, SD. The Material Flow Engineer is responsible for designing and improving processes of moving materials throughout the factory and warehouse, including lineside material presentation, warehouse optimization, returnable packaging, flow, and logistics. The individual is highly focused with a strong presence on the factory floor and interfaces with Production Supervisors, Team Leads, Material Handlers, and Supply Chain.



  • Use Lean Manufacturing concepts to drive out wastes within the factory as it is related to inventory management.
  • Lead and develop systems for sustaining material delivery methods and storage of material throughout the facility.
  • Ensure ergonomic and safe conditions for the movement and storage of material in the warehouse and production.
  • Manage master planning data in order to Plan for Every Part (PFEP) including packaging, storage, and delivery of material. Participate in phase-in / phase-out programs and new product introductions.
  • Participate in the change order process to manage the implementation of parts and manage all serial number breaks.
  • Work with the manufacturing and materials team to set up assembly lines for new production models. This includes correct box and bin size to minimize material handling and support lean manufacturing.
  • Identify and solve top concerns as related to material issues causing shortages and time lost.
  • Work with team members to expand the implementation of barcodes in the plant to help with line fulfillment.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Manufacturing experience 



  • Proficiency in Google Suite and Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) software
  • Experience in operations, inventory management, MRP, and lean manufacturing processes.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing and different types of material flow processes.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people to gain information.
  • Detail-oriented and self-driven in projects



  • College degree in a related field or 5+ years of procurement or planning experience.



  • Must be able to interact with all levels of the organization.



  • This position is located at our Madison, SD plant.
  • 5% travel required.



In addition to an inclusive compensation package, we offer a comprehensive benefits program, including: Medical/Dental/Vision, 401k including employer match, tuition reimbursement, community-oriented volunteer program, wellness activities, employee and family activities throughout the year, and so much more! See for yourself why Forbes ranked Manitou within the top 125 for World’s Best Employers.


Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.  
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