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Become A Master Planner

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Working As A Master Planner

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

  • $73,750

    Average Salary

What Does A Master 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 Master 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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Master Planner Career Paths

Average Length of Employment
Planner/Scheduler 4.5 years
Master Planner 4.0 years
Production Planner 3.9 years
Master Scheduler 3.9 years
Service Planner 3.5 years
Materials Planner 3.4 years
Inventory Planner 3.3 years
Product Planner 3.3 years
Master 3.1 years
Planner 2.9 years
Assistant Planner 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Planner 8.2%
Buyer 3.0%
Top Employers After
Buyer 3.7%
Architect 3.3%
Consultant 3.3%
Manager 3.3%

Master Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

61.8%

Female

34.6%

Unknown

3.6%
Ethnicity

White

76.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.1%

German

13.6%

French

13.6%

Filipino

4.5%

Japanese

4.5%

Czech

4.5%
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Master Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.3%

Arizona State University

5.8%

Colorado Technical University

5.8%

North Carolina State University

4.3%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

4.3%

University of Kentucky

4.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.3%

Michigan State University

4.3%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.3%

Villanova University

4.3%

Webster University

4.3%

Vanderbilt University

4.3%

University of Louisville

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.3%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.3%

Delaware Technical and Community College

2.9%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

2.9%

San Jose State University

2.9%

Saint Edward's University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

41.6%

Management

8.2%

Supply Chain Management

5.3%

Architecture

5.3%

Project Management

4.5%

Industrial Engineering

3.7%

Marketing

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Human Resources Management

2.9%

Accounting

2.4%

Computer Science

2.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.4%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.4%

Political Science

2.0%

Finance

2.0%

Urban Planning

2.0%

Operations Management

2.0%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Communication

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.0%

Masters

30.4%

Other

20.0%

Associate

5.7%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

0.6%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Real Master Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Master Planner Jabil Circuit, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 11, 2015 $95,000
Master Planner Jabil Circuit, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 31, 2016 $90,000
SR. Master Planner, Production Control Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Jan 06, 2016 $85,000 -
$95,000
Master Planner Ameriforge Group Inc. Houston, TX Jul 22, 2014 $85,000
Master Planner Ameriforge Group Inc. Houston, TX Sep 05, 2014 $85,000
Mobile Master Planner Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 26, 2013 $85,000
Master Planner Erno Laszlo Inc. New York, NY Mar 03, 2016 $75,000
Master Planner Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 13, 2015 $72,500
Master Planner Jabil Circuit, Inc. Poughkeepsie, NY Sep 15, 2015 $69,563
Master Planner Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. South Portland, ME Dec 15, 2015 $65,855
Global Master Planner Technical Consumer Products Inc. Aurora, OH Apr 15, 2013 $65,000
Master Planner Spirex Corporation Youngstown, OH Sep 30, 2011 $65,000
Master Planner Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. South Portland, ME Sep 03, 2015 $62,443
Master Planner Jabil Circuit, Inc. Memphis, TN Sep 02, 2014 $62,000

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Top Skills for A Master Planner

InstallationMasterPlanCapacityConstraintsCustomerServiceRawMaterialsMRPMasterProductionPlanMasterProductionScheduleProductLinesInventoryLevelsERPLogisticsStrategyBOMPurchaseCustomerRequirementsInventoryControlOPCustomerDemandCustomerOrdersProcessImprovements

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Top Master Planner Skills

  1. Installation Master Plan
  2. Capacity Constraints
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reviewed installation master plans for needs and regulatory/environmental compliance.
  • Evaluated inventory levels to satisfy revised forecasts while level loading production to meet capacity constraints.
  • Managed team of customer service reps in daily requirements ensuring increase in customer satisfaction.
  • Completed monthly cycle counts of product and raw materials inventory.
  • Lead the weekly MRP review meeting with Planning and Procurement, and trained planners on new business processes and tools.

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