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Working As An Assistant Planner

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Stressful

  • $45,490

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Planner Do

Material recording clerks track product information in order to keep businesses and supply chains on schedule. They ensure proper scheduling, recordkeeping, and inventory control.

Duties

Material recording clerks typically do the following:

  • Keep records of items shipped, received, or transferred to another location
  • Compile reports on various aspects of changes in production or inventory
  • Find, sort, or move goods between different parts of the business
  • Check inventory records for accuracy

Material recording clerks use computers, tablets, or hand-held devices to keep track of inventory. Sensors and tags enable these computers to automatically detect when and where products are moved, allowing clerks to keep updated reports without manually counting items.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks manage the flow of information, work, and materials within or among offices in a business. They compile reports on the progress of work and on any production problems that arise. These clerks set workers’ schedules, estimate costs, keep track of materials, and write special orders for new materials. They perform general office tasks, such as entering data or distributing mail. Expediting clerks maintain contact with vendors to ensure that supplies and equipment are shipped on time.

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks keep track of and record outgoing and incoming shipments. Clerks may scan barcodes with hand-held devices or use radio frequency identification (RFID) scanners to keep track of inventory. They check if shipment orders were correctly processed in their company’s computer system. They also compute freight costs and prepare invoices. Some clerks move goods from the warehouse to the loading dock.

Stock clerks and order fillers receive, unpack, and track merchandise. Stock clerks move products from a warehouse to store shelves. They keep a record of items that enter or leave the stockroom and inspect for damaged goods. These clerks also use hand-held scanners to keep track of merchandise. Order fillers retrieve customer orders and prepare them to be shipped.

Material and product inspecting clerks weigh, measure, check, sample, and keep records on materials, supplies, and equipment that enters a warehouse. They verify the quantity and quality of items they are assigned to examine, checking for defects and recording what they find. They use scales, counting devices, and calculators. Some workers decide what to do about a defective product, such as to scrap it or send it back to the factory to be repaired. Some clerks also prepare reports, such as reports about warehouse inventory levels.

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How To Become An Assistant Planner

Material recording clerks usually need to have a high school diploma and are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Education

Production, planning, and expediting clerks; shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks; and material and product inspecting clerks need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks need to have basic knowledge of computer applications such as spreadsheet software.

There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Training

Material recording clerks usually learn to do their work on the job. Training for most material recording clerks may last less than a month. Production, planning, and expediting clerks’ training can take several months.

Typically, a supervisor or more experienced worker trains new clerks.

Material recording clerks first learn to count stock and mark inventory and then move onto more difficult tasks, such as recordkeeping. Production clerks need to learn how their company operates before they can write production and work schedules.

Advancement

With additional training or education, material recording clerks may advance to other positions within their firm, such as purchasing agent. Clerks in retail establishments can move into the sales department.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Production, planning, and expediting clerks are frequently in contact with suppliers, vendors, and production managers and need to be able to communicate the firm’s scheduling needs effectively.

Customer-service skills. Stock clerks sometimes interact with customers in retail stores and may have to get the item the customer is looking for from the storeroom.

Detail oriented. Material and product inspecting clerks check items for defects, some of which are small and difficult to spot.

Math skills. Some material recording clerks use math to calculate shipping costs or take measurements.

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Assistant Planner Career Paths

Assistant Planner
Media Planner Account Executive Office Manager
Accounting Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Media Planner Account Manager Billing Specialist
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Associate Buyer Purchasing Manager
Category Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Planner Planning Manager Senior Manager
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Sales Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Office Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Buyer Materials Planner
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Merchandise Planner Merchandising Manager Sales Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Manager Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Merchandise Planner Planning Manager
Planning Director
9 Yearsyrs
Associate Planner Planner
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Product Manager
Product Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Planner Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Planner Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Planner Project Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Associate Buyer Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Senior Manager, Procurement
11 Yearsyrs
Associate Planner Senior Planner Planning Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Assistant Planner Demographics

Gender

Female

63.1%

Male

34.1%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

75.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Asian

10.8%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.2%

Chinese

12.0%

Mandarin

9.8%

French

7.6%

Cantonese

4.3%

Italian

4.3%

German

3.3%

Russian

2.2%

Japanese

2.2%

Tagalog

2.2%

Korean

2.2%

Portuguese

1.1%

Basque

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Amharic

1.1%

Malayalam

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Sindhi

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%

Thai

1.1%
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Assistant Planner Education

Schools

Fashion Institute of Technology

9.2%

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

7.6%

University of Phoenix

7.6%

Pennsylvania State University

6.1%

Florida State University

6.1%

Syracuse University

5.3%

Michigan State University

5.3%

New York University

4.6%

University of California - Berkeley

4.6%

University of Southern California

4.6%

Portland State University

4.6%

Pace University - New York

3.8%

LIM College

3.8%

California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.8%

Texas Tech University

3.8%

University of Florida

3.8%

Harvard University

3.8%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.8%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.8%
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Majors

Business

21.8%

Urban Planning

15.4%

Marketing

8.2%

Communication

6.6%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

4.8%

Management

4.5%

Psychology

4.1%

Economics

3.6%

Environmental Science

3.4%

Accounting

3.4%

Geography

3.4%

Finance

3.2%

Public Relations

2.9%

Public Administration

2.5%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Natural Resources Management

2.0%

Landscape Architecture

2.0%

Human Resources Management

2.0%

Fine Arts

1.8%

Political Science

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.3%

Masters

25.2%

Other

14.6%

Associate

4.8%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.3%
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Real Assistant Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Planner City of Foster City Foster City, CA Apr 02, 2012 $75,372
Assistant Planner Metropolitan Planning Group, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 13, 2016 $68,871 -
$73,045
Assistant Planner Saks & Company LLC New York, NY Jun 25, 2015 $56,760
Assistant Planner WZI Incorporated Bakersfield, CA Oct 01, 2009 $55,000
Assistant Planner WZI Inc. Bakersfield, CA Oct 08, 2009 $55,000
Assistant Planner WZI Inc. Bakersfield, CA Sep 08, 2010 $55,000
Assistant Planner PB Americas, Inc. Denver, CO Jan 20, 2012 $50,000
Assistant Planner Puget Sound Regional Council Seattle, WA Aug 16, 2014 $47,016
Assistant Planner, Engagement Team The Martin Agency New York, NY Sep 09, 2015 $44,637 -
$54,400
Assistant Planner BBDO USA LLC New York, NY Jun 06, 2011 $40,500
Assistant Planner City of Phoenix Phoenix, OR Oct 01, 2014 $38,797 -
$49,525
Assistant Planner City of Phoenix Phoenix, OR Apr 11, 2011 $37,128 -
$47,375
Assistant Planner City of Phoenix Phoenix, OR Oct 03, 2011 $37,128 -
$47,375

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Top Skills for An Assistant Planner

MerchandiseAssortmentPurchaseEventPlanningAppropriateInventoryLevelsProceduresOpen-To-BuyGISCustomerServicePlanningCommissionStaffReportsSuperviseSKUStockLevelsFinancialPlansGeneralPlanDataEntryPublicHearingsCeqaOTBCityOrdinances

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Top Assistant Planner Skills

  1. Merchandise Assortment
  2. Purchase
  3. Event Planning
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide support to the Planner in building merchandise assortment and allocation strategies that achieve sales and profit objectives.
  • Projected fashion purchase plans by delivery, as well as, full price sales and purchases by store.
  • Recruited for Hot Jam Entertainment by the owner Pamela Cannellas to assist her during event planning and events.
  • Implemented daily office procedures and managed company email correspondence with prospective and current customers.
  • Monitor and evaluate the Open-to-Buy to keep from going over budget.

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