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Become A Production Planner/Buyer

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Working As A Production Planner/Buyer

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

  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Production Planner/Buyer 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 Production Planner/Buyer

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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Production Planner/Buyer Career Paths

Production Planner/Buyer
Buyer Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Buyer Material Manager
Materials Director
12 Yearsyrs
Buyer Manager Vice President
Supply Chain Vice President
17 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Material Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Master Scheduler
Production Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Supply Chain Analyst Demand Planner
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Production Manager Manufacturing Manager
Value Stream Manager
13 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Logistics Coordinator
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Logistics Coordinator Supply Chain Analyst
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Manufacturing Manager Inventory Control Manager
Production And Inventory Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Quality Control Manager Production Control Manager
Manager Of Purchasing & Materials
10 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Supply Chain Specialist Senior Purchasing Agent
Senior Manager, Procurement
11 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Supply Chain Specialist Supply Chain Consultant
Supply Chain Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Materials Planner Procurement Agent Supply Chain Specialist
Materials Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Production Planner Planning Manager Demand Planning Manager
Plans And Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Materials Supervisor Production Control Manager
Materials Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Planner/Scheduler 4.4 years
Production Planner 4.2 years
Master Scheduler 4.2 years
Planner/Buyer 4.0 years
Buyer 4.0 years
Master Planner 3.7 years
Materials Planner 3.7 years
Inventory Planner 3.7 years
Top Careers Before Production Planner/Buyer
Buyer 18.1%
Supervisor 3.4%
Top Careers After Production Planner/Buyer
Buyer 19.2%
Senior Buyer 14.0%
Planner 2.6%

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Top Skills for A Production Planner/Buyer

  1. Purchase Orders
  2. Supplier Relationships
  3. Raw Materials
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Initiate manufacturing orders and/or purchase orders, review customer backlog and monitor status of existing manufacturing orders/purchase orders.
  • Managed supplier relationships and acted as supplier principal in negations.
  • Coordinate with purchasing/suppliers to expedite delivery status for raw materials and outside operations.
  • Investigated new vendors for suitability and price comparisons.
  • Participated on Solomon/JAMS MRP implementation team.

Production Planner/Buyer Demographics

Gender

Male

50.9%

Female

40.9%

Unknown

8.3%
Ethnicity

White

64.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.3%

German

6.7%

Portuguese

3.3%

Manx

3.3%

Chinese

3.3%

Mandarin

3.3%

Vietnamese

3.3%

Cantonese

3.3%

Japanese

3.3%

French

3.3%

Gujarati

3.3%

Hindi

3.3%

Urdu

3.3%

Italian

3.3%
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Production Planner/Buyer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

31.3%

Michigan State University

10.2%

Western Michigan University

5.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

Purdue University

3.9%

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

3.9%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.1%

San Francisco State University

3.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.1%

San Diego State University

3.1%

Kent State University

3.1%

American InterContinental University

3.1%

Eastern Michigan University

3.1%

Fullerton College

3.1%

Wichita State University

3.1%

Central Michigan University

3.1%

University of New Mexico

3.1%

University of Florida

2.3%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

2.3%

University of New Hampshire

2.3%
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Majors

Business

51.0%

Accounting

7.4%

Supply Chain Management

6.5%

Management

5.7%

Marketing

4.3%

Industrial Technology

2.4%

Finance

2.4%

Operations Management

2.2%

Political Science

2.0%

Education

1.8%

Communication

1.8%

Electrical Engineering

1.7%

Industrial Engineering

1.7%

Computer Programming

1.5%

Drafting And Design

1.3%

English

1.3%

Project Management

1.3%

Criminal Justice

1.3%

Psychology

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.8%

Masters

17.6%

Other

17.5%

Associate

12.9%

Certificate

3.9%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

1.1%
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