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Working As A Production Planner

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

  • $68,723

    Average Salary

What Does A Production 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 Production 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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Production Planner Career Paths

Production Planner
Supply Chain Analyst Demand Planner
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Planner Senior Buyer Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Planner Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Manufacturing Manager Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Manufacturing Engineering Manager Manufacturing Manager
Lean Manufacturing Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Logistics Coordinator Logistics Analyst
Logistics Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Material Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager Material Manager
Materials Director
12 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Engineer Production Manager Material Manager
Materials Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Buyer Senior Buyer
Materials Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Planner/Buyer Master Scheduler
Production Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager
Senior Manager, Procurement
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Warehouse Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Buyer Material Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Manufacturing Manager
Value Stream Manager
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Production Planner 4.0 years
Planner/Buyer 3.8 years
Inventory Planner 3.6 years
Service Planner 3.5 years
Master Planner 3.5 years
Materials Planner 3.4 years
Product Planner 3.4 years
Planner 2.8 years
Top Employers Before
Buyer 8.3%
Planner 6.6%
Supervisor 4.5%
Internship 3.1%
Manager 3.0%
Top Employers After
Buyer 8.2%
Planner 5.5%
Manager 3.1%

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Production Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

58.7%

Female

39.4%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Black or African American

10.2%

Asian

9.0%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.6%

Mandarin

6.3%

German

6.3%

French

5.7%

Chinese

5.7%

Portuguese

3.2%

Russian

2.5%

Cantonese

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Gujarati

1.9%

Hindi

1.9%

Greek

1.9%

Carrier

1.9%

Japanese

1.9%

Italian

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Marathi

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Indonesian

0.6%
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Production Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.4%

Michigan State University

7.5%

Purdue University

6.2%

San Jose State University

5.4%

Pennsylvania State University

5.4%

Arizona State University

4.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.6%

Strayer University

4.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.8%

University of Houston

3.8%

Northern Illinois University

3.8%

Liberty University

3.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.2%

Wichita State University

3.2%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

3.0%

Ashford University

3.0%

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

3.0%

California State University - East Bay

2.7%

Auburn University

2.7%

Webster University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

45.6%

Supply Chain Management

7.1%

Management

6.7%

Accounting

5.2%

Industrial Engineering

3.8%

Marketing

3.3%

Industrial Technology

2.6%

Operations Management

2.5%

Finance

2.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.3%

Computer Science

2.2%

Project Management

2.2%

Psychology

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Education

1.7%

General Studies

1.7%

Economics

1.6%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Graphic Design

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.0%

Other

20.1%

Masters

17.1%

Associate

10.4%

Certificate

4.6%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Real Production Planner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Production Planner Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. Dallas, TX Mar 21, 2011 $156,500
Production Planner/Modification SME The Boeing Company Kent, WA Apr 01, 2016 $105,456 -
$150,000
Production Planner/Modification SME The Boeing Company Kent, WA Jan 04, 2016 $105,456 -
$150,000
Production Planner/Modification SME The Boeing Company Kent, WA Apr 25, 2016 $105,456 -
$150,000
Staff Production Planner Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Jun 09, 2016 $98,000 -
$118,000
Production Planner/Analyst Amcor Rigid Plastics USA, LLC Manchester, MI Jan 07, 2016 $97,375
Master Production Planner Johns Manville Denver, CO Jun 08, 2015 $97,000
Production Planner Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 13, 2012 $95,000
Production Planner Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Aug 20, 2016 $90,334 -
$156,600
Production Planner, Specialist Flowserve U.S. Inc. Chesapeake, VA Oct 09, 2015 $89,358
Production Planner, Specialist Flowserve U.S. Inc. Chesapeake, VA Sep 10, 2015 $89,358
Production Planner AVIO Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ Feb 01, 2012 $87,214
Production Planner Mast Industries, Inc. New York, NY Jul 10, 2015 $84,802
Production Planner Mast Industries, Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $75,046 -
$85,000
Production Planner Aurohealth LLC Lawrenceville, NJ Jan 02, 2016 $75,000
Production Planner Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc. Dayton, NJ Dec 23, 2015 $75,000
Production Planner Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc. Dayton, NJ Sep 05, 2015 $75,000
Production Planner Shaf International Inc. Garfield, NJ May 20, 2016 $73,757
Production Planner James Hardie Building Products Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 12, 2014 $72,659 -
$86,499
Planner, Production Reckitt Benckiser LLC Hillsborough, NJ Mar 01, 2014 $72,500
Production Planner Coordinator Leprino Foods Company Denver, CO Sep 26, 2011 $72,000
Production Planner Linear Technology Corporation Milpitas, CA May 31, 2011 $63,568
Production Planner Schwing America, Inc. White Bear Lake, MN Jun 09, 2016 $62,982 -
$71,982
Production Planner Tridex Technology Ltd Philadelphia, PA Sep 29, 2016 $62,610
Production Planner Tridex Technology Ltd Philadelphia, PA Sep 22, 2016 $62,610
Production Planner: ART, Auction and Luxury Brands Market Brilliant Studio, Inc. Exton, PA Aug 19, 2016 $62,338
Production Planner: ART, Auction, and Luxury Brands Market Brilliant Studio, Inc. Exton, PA Aug 19, 2016 $62,338
Production Planner Zee Co Apparel Corp. New York, NY Jan 13, 2016 $62,192

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Top Skills for A Production Planner

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  1. Plan Production
  2. MRP
  3. Inventory Levels
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  • Manage raw inventory & plan production based on availability.
  • Verified MRP and communicated corrections to procurement team when necessary.
  • Managed inventory levels of raw materials to ensure production demand was fulfilled.
  • Controlled all raw materials and packaging used in production and managed finished goods inventory.
  • Calculated coverage profile daily to balance production capacity while ensuring target stock and customer service levels were achieved and maintained.

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Top 10 Best States for Production Planners

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  2. New Mexico
  3. Montana
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Connecticut
  7. Indiana
  8. Maine
  9. Alaska
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