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Working As A Product Planner

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

  • $89,871

    Average Salary

What Does A Product 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 Product 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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Product Planner Career Paths

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Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Supply Chain Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Lean Manufacturing Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Operations Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Planner Senior Buyer Material Manager
Materials Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Contractor Buyer Senior Buyer
Materials Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Product Manager Senior Manager
Planning Director
9 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Senior Planner
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Management Consultant Product Manager
Product Line Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Planner Master Scheduler
Production Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Senior Manager, Procurement
11 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Planning Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Product Manager Director Of Product Development Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Product Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

55.2%

Female

41.4%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Asian

13.5%

Black or African American

8.4%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.7%

Chinese

11.7%

French

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

Portuguese

8.3%

Japanese

8.3%

Cantonese

5.0%

Dutch

3.3%

German

3.3%

Korean

3.3%

Italian

3.3%

Bulgarian

1.7%

Romanian

1.7%

Greek

1.7%

Latvian

1.7%
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Product Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.6%

University of Washington

9.3%

San Jose State University

7.2%

Arizona State University

5.2%

DePaul University

5.2%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

5.2%

George Washington University

5.2%

University of California - San Diego

4.1%

University of Chicago

4.1%

Thunderbird School of Global Management

3.1%

Boston University

3.1%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.1%

New York University

3.1%

University of California - Davis

3.1%

Sonoma State University

3.1%

Iowa State University

3.1%

Clarkson University

3.1%

University of Southern California

3.1%

San Diego State University

3.1%

Michigan State University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

42.0%

Marketing

10.9%

Management

6.9%

Finance

5.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.7%

Computer Science

3.5%

Supply Chain Management

3.5%

Project Management

3.2%

Communication

2.5%

Mechanical Engineering

2.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.2%

Economics

2.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Accounting

2.0%

International Business

1.7%

Education

1.5%

Industrial Technology

1.2%

Biology

1.2%

Political Science

1.2%

Human Resources Management

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.6%

Masters

35.7%

Other

12.6%

Associate

5.5%

Certificate

3.1%

Doctorate

0.9%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Product Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Product Planner Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Sep 25, 2016 $169,225
Senior Product Planner Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Apr 06, 2014 $164,575
Senior Product Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 15, 2016 $161,293
Senior Product Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Apr 14, 2013 $149,420
Senior Product Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 17, 2015 $145,000
Senior Product Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jul 10, 2016 $145,000 -
$165,000
Senior Product Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Aug 10, 2013 $144,074
Senior Product Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA May 30, 2010 $135,000
Senior Product Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 09, 2010 $135,000
Senior Product Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Nov 01, 2010 $135,000
Product Planner (Senior Business Planner)-Bing BG or Other Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Feb 20, 2015 $135,000 -
$155,000
Senior Product Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 17, 2011 $134,000
Product Planner Microsoft Corporation Bellevue, WA Sep 25, 2013 $132,804
Product Planner Scheduler Xilinx, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 21, 2016 $120,118
Worldwide SDM Product Planner Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2015 $120,000 -
$140,000
WW SDM Product Planner Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 05, 2015 $120,000 -
$140,000
WW Supply Demand Product Planner Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Sep 26, 2013 $120,000 -
$140,000
Product Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Mar 08, 2016 $116,500
Technical Product Planner Forcepoint LLC Los Gatos, CA May 05, 2016 $116,381
Product Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 31, 2011 $113,000
Senior Product Planner SONY Network Entertainment International LLC San Mateo, CA May 13, 2013 $112,258 -
$125,000
Product Planner (Product Owner) Electronics for Imaging, Inc. Fremont, CA Apr 11, 2016 $95,000
Supply Demand Product Planner Apple Inc. Austin, TX Jan 13, 2014 $95,000 -
$115,000
Product Planner Electronics for Imaging, Inc. Fremont, CA May 13, 2016 $93,000
Product Planner Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 20, 2010 $90,000
Supply Demand Product Planner Apple Inc. Austin, TX Jan 05, 2015 $90,000 -
$110,000
Supply Demand Product Planner Apple Inc. Austin, TX Aug 20, 2015 $90,000 -
$110,000
Product Planner Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc. Sidney, OH Aug 01, 2015 $88,920 -
$115,400

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Top Skills for A Product Planner

  1. New Product Development
  2. Product Line
  3. Purchase
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  • Directed new product development activities for marketing and engineering teams to deliver projects through demanding schedules.
  • Presented weekly to the company officers providing in-depth productivity analysis, future forecasts and product line suggestions.
  • Increased efficiency and productivity, eliminating large quantity purchase orders, eliminated excess and obsolete material.
  • Prepare product demand analysis and maintain inventory levels in compliance with company policies and guidelines.
  • Established standardized methodology to capture and communicate short and long-term new product introduction and changes.

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