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For thirty years, Nestlé Purina has been proud to call St. Joseph, MO home. Located an hour north of Kansas City, the community of 77,000 people is packed with character, rich history and nationally acclaimed quality of life – just like Purina is. The city was recognized with the All-America City Award, given to communities with citizens who work together to pinpoint and address community-wide challenges and achieve exceptional results. Carrying forward that spirit, since 1985, our wet dog and cat food factory in St. Joseph has provided employment, and a special home for many of our associates who work passionately each day to annually produce 30 million cases of Fancy Feast® and 10 million cases of Beneful® Prepared Meals – two flagship Purina brands. Our associates’ work goes far beyond the bag and the can. They are very passionate about their support for the United Way and United Cerebral Palsy foundations, raising $750,000 over the past five years. Joining the Purina factory in St. Joseph means you are joining more than a pet food company, but also a very driven and close-knit team focused on safety, personal growth, development and community. Our St. Joseph factory has enjoyed increased production and reinvestment, including a $30 million project to remodel our pet food kitchen, as well as installation of new raw ingredient processing equipment. This attention to safety and quality, matched by a culture of continuous improvement, innovation and renovation, helps us to attain our fullest potential. So, if your full potential could be unleashed, what would you add to the mix?

Our Materials Assistant position is an essential role in our production process.  In this position you would be responsible for analyzing our packaging materials required for the factory and converting those requirements into orders.  Other responsibilities will include managing inventory levels, product rejects, and reviewing/adjusting production schedule to determine material requirements. 

  • Coordinate the flow of materials according to production schedules.  
  • Compile and maintain records of raw material inventories, status and location transfers of materials. 
  • Manage daily ingredient requirements—making necessary adjustments to make sure all needs are met for the production schedule. 
  • Monitor ingredients that are on hold or have been rejected. 
  • Work with outside vendors to schedule shipments and maintain an accurate inventory of materials
Pluses: SAP, i2


Education:  High School Diploma/GED Equivalent 

Experience (Years/Type):  1+ years’ experience in logistics/inventory management/supply chain or related field within a manufacturing environment OR military experience. 

Job: Materials Assistant
Primary Location: St. Joseph, MO US
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Career Area: Professional
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