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Become A Materials Planner

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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

  • $62,740

    Average Salary

What Does A Materials Planner Do At Kelly Services

* Monitor inventory levels and coordinate with Purchasing to maintain adequate levels of parts and raw materials to manufacture the product;
* Resolve supply discrepancies working with internal teams and vendors;
* Work to improve delivery times, cost, and quality of materials received from vendors;
* Update pricing, lead-time, vendor part numbers, and other information in part master file;
* Schedule production jobs to ensure proper product flow and on-time delivery to customer;
* Cooperate with internal and external certification audits and customer audits, supporting site initiatives towards achieving and maintaining customer awards as well as quality and environmental certifications (IATF, TS, ISO);
* Review weekly release data to accurately communicate production requirements;
* Monitor and report receipts, production, scrap, and other inventory-related data to accurately maintain inventory levels of production material

What Does A Materials Planner Do At Textron

* Performs MOS Analysis/Scheduling AdjustmentManagement.
* Plans and manages production schedules to meetcustomer delivery requirements and best utilize the company’s productivecapacity.
* Performs Requisition Planning, creation andmaintenance as required.
* Analyzes material purchase order releases withrespect to lot sizing, safety stock levels, capacity planning and materialrequirements.
* Manages inventory levels, transactions, backflushing process and schedules/availability of selected item, eithermanufactured or purchased, to meet production schedules.
* Analyzes floor stock with shelf life materialrequirements for production.
* Resolves all supply and demand issues by theassigned production work centers.
* Reviews work in process material, scrap,attrition and minimum and maximum quantities for the production floor.
* Reviews Sales Orders against currentrequirements and work in process using the MOS.
* Manages engineering change implementationprocess for production cutovers.
* Creates Purchase Requests for productionmaterial, floor stock items, MIN/MAX items and all purchases to support theproduction requirements.
* Works with management team includingmanufacturing personnel, Supply Chain, Inventory/Warehousing, Quality andProduction Supervisors on material status and Production Planning issues.
* Continually reviews production schedules andmaterial requirements to identify issues, concerns, roadblocks and work toalleviate such with appropriate team members to prevent line stoppages anddelays.
* Performs other job related duties as assignedby management.
* Qualifications

What Does A Materials Planner Do At BRP Us Inc.

* Plan the supply of new and existing purchased parts in accordance with ERP requirements;
* Control and ensure delivery of parts as per established delivery schedule;
* Proactively contact the suppliers in order to ensure that parts delivery and quantity will be made as per schedule;
* Process non-conforming parts and negotiate chargeback’s with supplier;
* Optimize inventory level as per company criteria and objectives;
* Communicate internally any potential parts shortage, proactively mitigate liability;
* Ability to work with global suppliers to establish delivery times for materials that have an extended lead time

What Does A Materials Planner Do At Arrow Electronics

* Understanding a customer's MRP for pipeline evaluation
* Analyzing product pipelines, adjustments per supplier deliveries and lead times
* Communicating with Branch personnel in order to communicate with customers with updates and resolutions if needed
* Managing inventory to financial goals
* Work closely with Purchasing Department to meet Customer, Sales & Inventory needs
* Data compilation, comparison, and analysis
* Ability to perform Root Cause Analysis, develop corrective actions, test and implement to prevent future issues

What Does A Materials Planner Do At Mettler Toledo

* Define scope for items to be forecasted, define method to forecast items and implement regular alignment meetings to compare historic consumption and forecast figures with product managers and others and maintaining the changes accordingly.
* Lead production planning and sales forecast meetings, verify discrepancies and implement agreed changes on the master schedule.
* Define replenishment strategies for Make and Buy Parts and maintaining material master data to support targeted goals for on time delivery performance, inventory turn over and other key performance indicators for newly introduced parts and keeps data up to date
* Identify inefficient procedures/tasks in the daily planning/scheduling job, define improvement steps, implement them and measure success of implementation.
* Validating and implementing ECOs (engineering change orders) from planning perspective
* Lead projects/implement tasks in material management area
* Deputy of planner/production scheduler during their absences

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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.


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.


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.


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
Planner Planner/Buyer Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
6 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Planner Planning Manager Supply Chain Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Control Specialist Material Control Supervisor
Material Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Production Planner Master Scheduler
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Material Manager
Materials Director
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Planner Master Scheduler Planning Supervisor
Materials Planning Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Material Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager General Manager Area Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Material Planner Senior Buyer
Production Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Manufacturing Manager Purchasing Manager
Senior Manager, Procurement
11 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Materials Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Materials Planner Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Mandarin

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Japanese

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Cantonese

  • Carrier

  • Korean

  • Italian

  • Dutch

  • Thai

  • Hebrew

  • Arabic

  • Swedish

  • Cheyenne

  • Hmong

  • Malay

  • Bengali

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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 -
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, Gigafactory Tesla Motors, Inc. Sparks, NV Apr 04, 2016 $78,000
Material Planner Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 19, 2016 $78,000 -
Completions Material Planner Senior Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Savannah, GA Jan 08, 2016 $77,128
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 -
Material Planner Patton Electronics Company Gaithersburg, MD Oct 14, 2011 $62,000
Material Planner (Transport, Services, Supply Chain) Alstom Transportation Inc. New Castle, DE Sep 11, 2016 $60,965 -
Material Planner Foxconn Hon Hai Logistics Texas LLC Houston, TX Mar 17, 2016 $60,154
Materials Planner Honeywell Enraf Americas, Inc. Roswell, GA Sep 25, 2014 $60,000
Materials Planner Honeywell International Inc. Roswell, GA Sep 03, 2014 $60,000
Materials Planner Cummins Inc. Fridley, MN Feb 14, 2011 $58,406 -
Material Planner Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, USA, LLC Columbus, IN Nov 10, 2011 $58,386 -
Materials Planner Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Nov 17, 2012 $51,000 -
Material Planner Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Jul 10, 2012 $50,835 -
Material Planner Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Aug 01, 2015 $50,300 -
Material Planner I Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Sep 21, 2011 $50,000 -
Material Planner Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Jun 30, 2012 $49,700 -
Materials Planner II Cummins Inc. Memphis, TN Nov 28, 2011 $49,700 -

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Top Skills for A Materials Planner


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Top Materials Planner Skills

  1. Supply Chain
  2. Part Numbers
  3. Purchase Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed flow of raw materials through the manufacturing supply chain at the Tempe facility.
  • Verify accuracy of forecast and part numbers.
  • Generated all plant purchase orders for miscellaneous and raw material in a $32MM environment.
  • Monitor Dana's MRP system to ensure production material releases to meet Dry Ridge's build plans to the customer.
  • Perform moderately complex planning and purchase raw materials, components and packaging material from global contract manufacturers and vendor approved suppliers.

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