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Materials Coordinator

locationWinnipeg, MB, Canada
PublishedPublished: Published 1 week ago
ExpiresExpires: Expiring in 1 month

As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Lafarge is enabling greener cities, smarter infrastructure and improving living standards around the world. With sustainability at the core of our strategy, we are becoming a net-zero company, with our people and communities at the heart of our success. We are driving circular construction as a world leader in recycling to build more with less. It’s all thanks to our 7,000 talented people around the world who are passionate about building progress for people and the planet through four business segments: Cement, Ready-Mix Concrete, Aggregates and Solutions & Products.

Lafarge people are passionate about finding better ways to build. They embrace innovation and improvement with a pioneering spirit. They work as trusted partners, creating better solutions and experiences for their customers, communities, and colleagues.


The Materials Coordinator is responsible for the procurement and receiving of vital production materials/inputs necessary to produce high-quality finished products to meet the needs of Lafarge customers. Accurate forecasting and timely sourcing of consistent, high quality materials is required to ensure that production schedules are met and costs are controlled.

Through data analysis and tracking, Materials Coordinators identify external risks to key performance indicators and incorporate strategies that will allow the Precast business to respond with agility and flexibility to changes in market conditions affecting the availability of materials, transportation, timelines, and pricing.

Lean inventory management requires leveraging strong relationships with external vendors, Delivering on our commitments requires collaboration with the precast projects and operations teams to identify solutions to effectively manage changing customer needs impacting materials planning and the availability of goods.


Reporting directly to the Precast Materials Supervisor, the Materials Coordinator works closely with the Sales & Project Management team to identify materials needs for upcoming and ongoing projects. They will work closely with the Operations Manager and Superintendent to ensure the inventory of all raw materials is sufficient to meet production needs.


Sourcing & Purchasing:

Project Scope Review & Forecasting

  • Participate in job scope reviews with the Operations Manager and Sales and Projects Manager to determine initial materials needs and testing requirements including specifications for strand, rebar, and other required production materials
  • Source all production materials and obtain quotes in accordance with internal policies and procedures – BCC, Ariba, Avetta
  • Assist the Project Managers, Estimators and the Maintenance team with researching pricing alternatives for difficult to procure items

Cost Management

  • Work directly with the Sales team and Project Managers in the estimation phase for new projects and identify cost saving opportunities based on market intelligence
  • Identify solutions to address changing materials market conditions resulting in longer lead times, frequent pricing changes and inconsistent materials quality
  • Track and analyze data to identify inefficiencies that contribute to increased costs and develop solutions and source opportunities where a less expensive alternative may be possible
  • Complete project completion cost analysis, identify cost savings and lost opportunities and make recommendations for future projects

Vendor Relationships

  • Build strong relationships with key suppliers able to provide high quality goods that meet specifications at a reasonable price
  • Maintain strong vendor database – leverage cost savings, capitalize on discounts and strengthen negotiating position in the procurement of materials, services, transport and maintenance

Receiving/Inventory Management  

  • Work with the Receiver and Job Kitter and ensure that work processes related to incoming freight are performed in a safe, yet timely and efficient manner at all times
  • Develop and maintain Standard Operating Procedures for the Receiving and Job Kitter position
  • Track and monitor regular inventory counts performed by Receiver and trouble shoot areas of concern
  • Monitor for any fluctuations in the quality of products to ensure precast finished products meet customer specifications, and continuity of the material quality is maintained

Production KPI’s

  • Develops and implements processes, strategies and tools to plan and track budgets, forecasts, maintenance, production and shipping performance to achieve targeted Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s).
  • Tracks cost savings & identifies success stories to share with Procurement
  • Gathers relevant KPI’s for Production Meetings, including inventory levels, production schedules, project plan status and changes and identifies and risk of concerns with materials levels and availability


  • Assist in the month-end accrual process, to ensure all outstanding liabilities are accounted for as per company accounting standards
  • Analyze job cost for each project comparing initial project estimates against final invoices to determine the actual job cost for each project. Analyze and record cost savings for all projects.


  • Proficiency with MS Office/Google Workspace
  • Specific knowledge working with SAP would be an asset.
  • Proficient with inventory reporting systems
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the proven ability to work well with all levels of management and staff
  • Excellent time management and task prioritization skill
  • Self-starter, willing to do work outside job description as required
  • Previous construction material/manufacturing experience an asset

Education & Experience: 

  • Post-secondary Diploma in Construction Management, Civil Engineering Technology, Supply Chain Management or related industry an asset
  • 2-4 years experience in a similar role supporting construction or manufacturing

As part of our dedicated focus on the health and safety of all employees, a pre-employment medical, including drug and alcohol testing and a criminal record check, may be required.

At Lafarge, there is endless opportunity for you to play your part. Whether you’re in a technical, managerial, or frontline role, you can shape a career that works for you. With us you’ll have the chance to embrace the passion we share for our planet. You’ll be encouraged to seek out diverse perspectives, share your ideas and build the skills and connections you need to perform at your best. Because it’s only when we work together in a culture where everyone thrives, that we can build the world we all want to live in.

Required education level

  • College diploma
  • Technical diploma 
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