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Working As A Materials Planner

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

  • $66,686

    Average Salary

What Does A Materials 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 Materials 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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Materials Planner Career Paths

Materials Planner
Supply Chain Analyst Demand Planner
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Master Scheduler Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Materials Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor Inventory Control Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Lean Manufacturing Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Material Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Planner/Buyer Material Manager
Materials Director
12 Yearsyrs
Materials Supervisor Warehouse Manager Material Manager
Materials Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Contractor Buyer Senior Buyer
Materials Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Planner Master Scheduler
Production Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager
Senior Manager, Procurement
11 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Project Coordinator Production Manager
Senior Production Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Planner Planner/Buyer Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Manufacturing Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Procurement Agent Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Production Planner 3.9 years
Master Scheduler 3.9 years
Inventory Planner 3.6 years
Master Planner 3.5 years
Service Planner 3.5 years
Material Analyst 3.1 years
Materials Planner 3.0 years
Planner 2.8 years
Top Employers Before
Buyer 12.8%
Planner 4.1%
Internship 2.9%
Supervisor 2.6%
Top Employers After
Buyer 11.5%
Planner 4.5%
Manager 2.6%

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Materials Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

50.1%

Female

47.4%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

9.2%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.0%

Mandarin

11.0%

Chinese

8.1%

Japanese

7.4%

German

6.6%

Portuguese

5.9%

French

5.1%

Cantonese

4.4%

Carrier

2.9%

Korean

2.2%

Italian

2.2%

Dutch

1.5%

Thai

1.5%

Swedish

0.7%

Cheyenne

0.7%

Hmong

0.7%

Bengali

0.7%

Russian

0.7%

Navajo

0.7%

Comanche

0.7%
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Materials Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.0%

Michigan State University

9.5%

Purdue University

5.9%

Pennsylvania State University

5.6%

Arizona State University

5.2%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.6%

Ohio State University

4.3%

Strayer University

3.9%

Western Michigan University

3.9%

Ashford University

3.6%

Wichita State University

3.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.6%

University of Alabama

3.3%

Ferris State University

3.0%

Webster University

3.0%

San Jose State University

3.0%

Northeastern University

3.0%

Greenville Technical College

3.0%

National University

2.6%

Auburn University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

48.7%

Supply Chain Management

9.1%

Management

5.5%

Accounting

4.5%

Marketing

3.3%

Industrial Engineering

3.1%

General Studies

2.7%

Operations Management

2.6%

Finance

2.5%

Human Resources Management

2.2%

Computer Science

2.1%

Psychology

1.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.8%

Electrical Engineering

1.6%

Communication

1.6%

Education

1.5%

Industrial Technology

1.4%

Project Management

1.4%

Mechanical Engineering

1.4%

Economics

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.2%

Other

18.6%

Masters

18.4%

Associate

10.4%

Certificate

4.3%

Diploma

0.6%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.1%
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Real Materials Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Material Planner Foxconn Assembly LLC Houston, TX Dec 16, 2016 $93,142
Materials Planner III Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. Parksdale, CA Jul 03, 2016 $90,000 -
$105,000
Materials Planner 3 Palm, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 01, 2011 $88,301
Material Planner-Energy Storage General Electric Company-Infrastructure Schenectady, NY Oct 01, 2013 $78,700
Material Planner Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 19, 2016 $78,000 -
$88,000
Material Planner, Gigafactory Tesla Motors, Inc. Sparks, NV Apr 04, 2016 $78,000
Material Planner Foxconn Hon Hai Logistics Texas LLC Houston, TX Apr 26, 2016 $76,731
Material Planner Onesubsea, LLC Houston, TX Jul 29, 2013 $75,587
Material Planner Hermes Microvision, Inc. San Jose, CA May 25, 2015 $75,000
Material Planner Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA May 20, 2016 $75,000 -
$85,000
Lead Materials Planner Cummins Inc. Fridley, MN Feb 14, 2014 $73,362 -
$80,600
Material Planner (Transport, Services, Supply Chain) Alstom Transportation Inc. New Castle, DE Sep 11, 2016 $60,965 -
$75,000
Material Planner Foxconn Hon Hai Logistics Texas LLC Houston, TX Mar 17, 2016 $60,154
Materials Planner Honeywell International Inc. Roswell, GA Sep 03, 2014 $60,000
Materials Planner Honeywell Enraf Americas, Inc. Roswell, GA Sep 25, 2014 $60,000
Materials Planner Cummins Inc. Fridley, MN Feb 14, 2011 $58,406 -
$68,000
Material Planner Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, USA, LLC Columbus, IN Nov 10, 2011 $58,386 -
$69,410
Material Planner, Gigafactory Tesla Motors, Inc. Sparks, NV Apr 04, 2016 $58,178
Materials Planner Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Nov 17, 2012 $51,000 -
$69,600
Material Planner Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Jul 10, 2012 $50,835 -
$65,700
Material Planner Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Aug 01, 2015 $50,300 -
$70,700
Material Planner I Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Sep 21, 2011 $50,000 -
$60,500
Materials Planner II Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Nov 28, 2011 $49,700 -
$65,700
Material Planner Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Jun 30, 2012 $49,700 -
$65,700

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Top Skills for A Materials Planner

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  1. Supply Chain
  2. Part Numbers
  3. Inventory Levels
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  • Performed supply versus demand analysis on material components and data processing in Excel/Access to support supply chain health/continuity.
  • Coordinate and execute scheduling activities for assigned part numbers using advanced planning system.
  • Monitor material inventory levels and attrition rates, adherence to production schedules and government/company material procedures.
  • Perform moderately complex planning and purchase raw materials, components and packaging material from global contract manufacturers and vendor approved suppliers.
  • Monitor Dana's MRP system to ensure production material releases to meet Dry Ridge's build plans to the customer.

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Top 10 Best States for Materials Planners

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  3. Rhode Island
  4. Montana
  5. California
  6. New Hampshire
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  8. Virginia
  9. Colorado
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