Materials Manager

Job ID
Employment Type
Regular Full-Time
Travel Required
Up to 25%
FLSA Status
Position Location(s)



At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in bio-based products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits including;

  • Attractive Relocation Assistance and Bonus Programs for qualifying positions and/or locations
  • Competitive pay, including shift premium pay for qualifying positions
  • Quarterly Profit-Sharing Bonuses, and Bi-Annual Incentive Bonuses
  • Individual and family plans for health, dental, & vision insurance, including a generous employer Health Savings Account contribution
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • A multifaceted wellness program encompassing the whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually
  • Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements
  • 401K with company match
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Excellent work-life balance with a 'family-first' culture
  • Safety and cold weather gear reimbursements
  • Discounted home and auto insurance



The Materials Manager is responsible for supervising daily operations of the commodity area, including Bioethanol, POET Distillers Corn Oil, POET Wet Distillers Grains, and Dried Distillers Grains (DDGS) storage, loading, inventory control measures and safety compliance and sanitation.  Team members in this position manage commodity operations and may provide direct supervision to the Material Handlers in their daily operations.  The Materials Manager ensures POET meets and maintains all requirements of the USDA, OSHA and plant policies and procedures pertaining to the commodities department to include HAZMAT loading and proper preparation of HAZMAT paperwork.



  • Supervise and assist with daily loading and unloading of grain and ethanol co-products.
  • Supervise and assist with ethanol transfers to storage tanks, trucks and rail cars meeting FRA standards.
  • Establish and maintain inventory tracking systems that are acceptable to management and any regulatory agencies.
  • Communicate commodity operations status to the Commodity Manager on a daily basis.
  • Attend all weekly/monthly meetings and complete required reports in a timely manner.
  • Ensure work areas are clean and organized per USDA and OSHA requirements.
  • Identify and assist with maintenance of equipment.
  • Ensure all plant policies pertaining to the commodities department are met.
  • Operate a front-end loader or tele-handler to assist in DDG or Wet Distillers loading.
  • Effectively manages team by recruiting, selecting, orienting and training team members. Leadership responsibilities also include delegation, coaching and performance management and career development to effectively execute departmental strategies and support company objectives.
  • Manage the condition of equipment in the grains department and coordinate with other departments to ensure it is operational and safe to use.
  • Manage the sanitation and cleanliness of the grains building, areas around the grains building, the railroad tracks and tank farm.
  • Delegate responsibility and expect accountability among team members by fostering a spirit of teamwork.
  • Engage department team members by providing recognition.
  • Monitor the process of DDGS storage, bioethanol storage, loading and logistics.
  • Maintain records and submit all required reports accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Work in an honest and ethical manner; maintain confidentiality on all business related matters.
  • Maintain a high level of customer service and friendly atmosphere.
  • Foster a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance at all times.
  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!



  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • 1-3 years supervisory experience in grain handling operations or related field preferred.
  • Knowledge of rail car loading, truck loading/unloading, grading grain to USDA specifications, weighing, inventory management and safe grain handling experience preferred.
  • Experience and knowledge in the operation of heavy machinery, skid loaders or other associated heavy loading or material-moving equipment preferred.
  • DOT certification preferred.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills as well as the ability to adapt to change.
  • You communicate effectively in writing and in person.
  • You have the ability to understand technical and day to day operation of a bioprocessing facility.
  • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.


At POET we believe in developing our team members to their highest potential and recognizing contributions that add value to the organization. Each new team member’s position and compensation are carefully determined by considering their unique qualifications and skillset.



  • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s the way we do things at POET.
  • Some travel may be required for this position. At times overnight travel may be required.
  • This position is largely self-directed and requires a thorough understanding of company policy, procedures, and values. Team members will be required to adhere to all safety requirements at all times and in all work environments.  This position is exposed to work in multiple environments, including plant, laboratory, as well as an office environment.  The team member may be exposed to high noise levels, moving mechanical parts, dusty conditions, internal and external temperature/weather conditions, and chemicals.
  • Due to the physical and safety sensitive nature of this job, you will be subject to a physical and expected to pass a drug screen during the pre-screen process. During employment, you’ll be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
  • Specific physical requirements may include:
    • Occasionally lifting weight up to sixty (60) pounds.
    • Climbing several flights of stairs and ladders.
    • Opening valves.
    • Occasionally bending, twisting and turning while lifting weight of less than fifty (50) pounds.
    • Data entry while seated for greater than one (1) hour.
    • Walking up to two (2) or more miles per day.
    • Pushing brooms, shovels, etc.
    • Working at heights, in confined spaces and at temperatures from -20 to +100 degrees.
    • Standing for extended periods of time.
    • Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
    • Using hand and power tools.


POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). POET complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding hiring and employment. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.


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