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Working As A Lead Planner

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

  • $86,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Lead 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 A Lead 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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Lead Planner Career Paths

Lead Planner
Project Manager Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Senior Manager-Supply Chain Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner Vice President
Supply Chain Vice President
17 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Controls Project Manager Construction Manager Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Controls Project Manager Construction Manager Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Controls Project Manager Program Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Scheduler Lead
Controls Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Scheduler Lead Office Manager Assistant Controller
Projects Controller
7 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Supervisor Logistics Manager
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Quality Assurance Manager Material Manager
Materials Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Quality Assurance Lead Quality Control Manager
Production Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Scheduler Lead Scheduling Manager Planning Manager
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Warehouse Manager Material Manager
Material Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor Inventory Control Manager
Production And Inventory Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager Material Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Supply Chain Manager Global Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Demand Planning Manager
Plans And Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Inventory Manager Supply Manager
Materials Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Senior Purchasing Agent
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$86,000
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$58,000
Min 10%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Median 50%
$128,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
ConocoPhillips
Highest Paying City
Cambridge, MA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Lead Planner make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Lead Planner in the United States is $86,359 per year or $42 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $58,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $128,000.

Real Lead Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Planner Turner & Townsend, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2015 $128,000 -
$131,000
Lead Planner Turner & Townsend, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 26, 2016 $126,410
Lead Planner Turner & Townsend Inc. Houston, TX Mar 11, 2013 $120,000
Lead Planner/Scheduler Conocophillips Company Anchorage, AK Sep 29, 2014 $110,843 -
$174,327

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Top Skills for A Lead Planner

  1. Project Management
  2. Recovery Plans
  3. Procedures
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  • Managed tracking and organization of day-to-day project management, related milestones and resources across approximately ten departments.
  • Investigated causes of schedule variances and recommends solutions of recovery plans.
  • Developed deactivation and decommissioning integrated work control policy, administrative work control procedures for plutonium processing facilities (B371/B374).
  • Integrate plan into larger organizational framework, taking into account Space Shuttle turnaround planning, GSE availability and operational goals.
  • Complete job packages and document electronic copy for document control.

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Top 10 Best States for Lead Planners

  1. Wyoming
  2. New Mexico
  3. Montana
  4. Alaska
  5. Maine
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Connecticut
  8. Virginia
  9. Rhode Island
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Lead Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

60.5%

Female

29.0%

Unknown

10.5%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.7%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.6%

German

9.7%

Chinese

6.5%

French

6.5%

Portuguese

3.2%

Persian

3.2%

Carrier

3.2%

Mandarin

3.2%

Korean

3.2%

Cantonese

3.2%

Arabic

3.2%

Italian

3.2%
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Lead Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.6%

University of Southern California

7.1%

University of Houston

7.1%

Texas A&M University

6.2%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

6.2%

University of Washington

6.2%

Lamar University

5.3%

Villanova University

4.4%

Ohio State University

4.4%

Pennsylvania State University

4.4%

University of Florida

4.4%

Liberty University

4.4%

Webster University

4.4%

Syracuse University

3.5%

Saint Louis University-

3.5%

George Washington University

3.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.5%

Texas Tech University

3.5%

The Academy

3.5%

Northern Arizona University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

32.6%

Management

7.7%

Project Management

7.2%

Construction Management

5.4%

Electrical Engineering

4.9%

Civil Engineering

3.9%

Finance

3.6%

Accounting

3.6%

Psychology

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering

3.1%

Drafting And Design

2.6%

Computer Science

2.6%

Economics

2.6%

Education

2.6%

Communication

2.6%

Engineering

2.6%

International Relations

2.6%

Public Administration

2.3%

Political Science

2.3%

Marketing

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.0%

Masters

23.4%

Other

20.0%

Associate

7.7%

Certificate

4.2%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.1%
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