Material Manager Interview Preparation Guide
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Material Manager based Frequently Asked Questions by expert members with experience as Materials Manager. These questions and answers will help you strengthen your technical skills, prepare for the new job test and quickly revise the concepts

84 Materials Manager Questions and Answers:

1 :: What is inventory control?

Inventory control is the process of reducing inventory costs while remaining responsive to customer demands. By this definition a store would want to lower its acquisition, carrying ordering and stock-out costs to their lowest possible levels. However a store would need to have enough inventories to meet any needs of its customers.

2 :: What does inventory affect in a store?

Inventory levels and their values can affect the income of the store, the amount of taxes paid, and the total stocking cost.

3 :: What if there is no savings or the models produce even results?

If there is no savings a error in the calculations may have occurred or the model does not fit your case. For instances were the total stocking costs are even you may use either order quantity.

4 :: What is total stocking cost?

Total stocking cost is the cost to the store of holding a good in its inventory. The stocking cost consists of the carrying cost times half the quantity in inventory and the order completion cost times demand divided by the quantity. In its mathematical form the cost is represented by TSC=(Q/2)C + (D/Q)S.

5 :: What are the kinds of info records available?

Standard, consignment, subcontracting and pipeline

6 :: Tell me what do you know about SAP?

SAP stands for "Systems, Applications and Products in data processing". Amongst the software provider, SAP comes up as the world's third largest. 5 IBM employees founded SAP in 1972 in Walldorf, Germany.

7 :: Explain what is difference between purchase requisition and purchase order?

Purchase requisition is an internal document and it is a request that is made to purchasing organization to procure certain list of material while purchase order is formal document that is given to vendor containing list of items to be procured from vendor.

8 :: Tell us what do you understand by posting period?

Various documents like purchase order, request for quotation, goods receipt are essential documents in a business. These documents need security i.e. if any of documents is posted incorrectly then business can be affected at various concern levels. So, to secure these documents we have a concept of posting period. Posting period means it will allow you to post and make changes in the documents only in a specific time period.

9 :: How can the value of inventory be determined?

The value can be found using four methods in inventory control. The first is the specific cost in which each item's cost is added together for the inventory's value. A second method is to use the weighted average of the costs for a period to determine value. A third method is first in, first out. In this method value is measured using the latest costs of goods while working towards the beginning of the period until all goods in inventory are valued. The final method is last in, first out. In this method the costs of gods at the beginning of the period are used to determine the inventory's value much like FIFO.

10 :: Do I need to recompute stocking costs for the EOQ level?

Yes, in order to compare stock costs when using the EOQ model you must compute the costs for both the original level and the EOQ level of order quantities.