What does a Material Planner do?

Material planners manage the logistics of materials and inventory during projects. They receive project plans and information from other departments to determine the needed materials. Material planners ensure the company never runs out of necessary manufacturing materials by surveying inventory. They inspect production lines to ensure an adequate supply without over-ordering or wasting products. They monitor materials flow to identify bottlenecks, forecast potential problems and observe trends and customer requests to create and maintain inventory schedules.

Material planners organize and schedule customer deliveries and track production volume in purchasing expectations to ensure the correct number of products and manufacturing materials is always available. They sometimes process customer shipment inquiries or complaints and schedule changes or cancellations for orders. They act as liaisons between manufacturing and other departments and receive project plans and additional information to determine timelines and necessary materials. Material planners need a bachelor's degree in business, logistics, engineering, or supply chain management.

What responsibilities are common for Material Planner jobs?
  • Responsible to develop, manage and control all aspects of planning for maintenance work.
  • Review all completed work orders and ensure items requiring follow up are acted on appropriately and assist in tracking these actions to completion.
  • Secure and analyze quotations and recommends suppliers with respect to cost, quality and delivery competitiveness for assigned responsibilities.
  • Assist with maintenance, and organization of the plant's technical library ensuring all technical manuals are readily available when needed.
  • Attend priority and planning meetings, outage coordination meetings and schedule review meeting and be prepared to actively participate as required.
  • Review, determine, and maintain inventory at levels to support company goals while maintain, a high level of customer service and eliminate production downtime.
  • Manage products responsibility in rationalization or change activities to deplete finished goods, raw materials, and related assemblies.
  • Develop and maintain supplier relationships that result in on time delivery and fast recovery times with effective communication of new delivery times from supplier to internal team when supply issues do arise.
  • Support and execute purchasing activities for contracts with suppliers.
What are the typical qualifications for Material Planner jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business or engineering.
  • Extensive experience with enterprise resource planning tools and programs.
  • Experienced working with statistics and root cause analysis.
  • Ability to work with a range of common operating systems.
  • Basic understanding of programming languages is helpful.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Material Planner make?

$67,191 /yr
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Material Planner Career Path

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Siemens HealthineersSiemens Healthineers
Material Planner
Jan 15, 2022

“Firstly I have been working as a material planner for 3+years and I have to say the team quality is amazing.”

TreeHouse FoodsTreeHouse Foods
Material Planner
Apr 18, 2022

“Our supply chain team is excellent and a great team to work with.”

Gentex CorporationGentex Corporation
Material Planner
Mar 24, 2022

“Nice salary and the stock options are good.”

Coca-Cola Europacific PartnersCoca-Cola Europacific Partners
National Material Planner
Sep 6, 2021

“Good place to work and develop career path”

Material Planner
Mar 25, 2022

“There IT system is not the best”

Material Planner
Jun 26, 2021

“Very good for career growth”

Material Planner
Feb 12, 2022

“People I worked with were amazing”

Nestlé Health ScienceNestlé Health Science
Material Planner
May 25, 2021

“salary was decent but definitely lower than what it should have been”

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