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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

  • $70,000

    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
Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Purchasing Manager Supply Chain Manager
Senior Manager-Supply Chain Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Planner/Buyer Senior Buyer Material Manager
Materials Director
12 Yearsyrs
Buyer Manager Vice President
Supply Chain Vice President
17 Yearsyrs
Buyer Purchasing Manager
Director Of Supply Chain Management
11 Yearsyrs
Buyer Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Materials Planner Senior Buyer
Senior Manager, Procurement
11 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Material Manager Supply Chain Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Materials Planner Master Scheduler
Production Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Materials Planner Purchasing Agent
Manager Of Purchasing & Materials
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Supply Chain Analyst Demand Planner
Demand Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Master Scheduler Material Manager
Materials Planning Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Purchasing Agent Logistics Coordinator Supply Chain Analyst
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Production Control Supervisor Production Control Manager
Production And Inventory Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Analyst
Logistics Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Functional Consultant Supply Chain Consultant
Supply Chain Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Procurement Agent Supply Chain Specialist
Materials Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Demand Planner Demand Planning Manager
Plans And Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Planner/Scheduler 4.4 years
Master Scheduler 4.2 years
Planner/Buyer 4.0 years
Production Planner 4.0 years
Inventory Planner 3.7 years
Master Planner 3.7 years
Materials Planner 3.7 years
Top Careers Before Production Planner
Buyer 8.2%
Planner 6.6%
Supervisor 3.9%
Internship 3.1%
Top Careers After Production Planner
Buyer 8.3%
Planner 5.3%
Manager 2.9%

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Production Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

54.2%

Female

37.3%

Unknown

8.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

10.4%

Asian

8.5%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.9%

Chinese

7.5%

Mandarin

6.6%

German

5.3%

French

4.8%

Japanese

3.1%

Portuguese

2.6%

Russian

2.2%

Hindi

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Gujarati

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Bengali

0.9%

Thai

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Italian

0.9%

Polish

0.9%

Sylheti

0.4%
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Production Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.6%

Pennsylvania State University

7.6%

Michigan State University

6.4%

Purdue University

5.6%

Strayer University

5.2%

San Jose State University

5.1%

Arizona State University

4.5%

University of Houston

4.2%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.2%

Northern Illinois University

4.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.6%

Ohio State University

3.1%

Ashford University

2.8%

Indiana Wesleyan University

2.7%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

2.7%

Liberty University

2.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.7%

Texas A&M University

2.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.5%

Auburn University

2.4%
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Majors

Business

46.5%

Supply Chain Management

6.7%

Management

6.1%

Accounting

5.7%

Industrial Engineering

3.8%

Marketing

3.3%

Finance

2.6%

Computer Science

2.5%

Industrial Technology

2.4%

Operations Management

2.4%

Communication

2.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.0%

Psychology

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Project Management

1.8%

Economics

1.7%

General Studies

1.7%

Computer Information Systems

1.7%

Graphic Design

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.6%

Other

20.3%

Masters

15.4%

Associate

11.0%

Certificate

4.8%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a Production Planner make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Production Planner in the United States is $70,675 per year or $34 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $50,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $98,000.

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 25, 2016 $105,456 -
$150,000
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
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 Sep 10, 2015 $89,358
Production Planner, Specialist Flowserve U.S. Inc. Chesapeake, VA Oct 09, 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 Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc. Dayton, NJ Dec 23, 2015 $75,000
Production Planner Aurohealth LLC Lawrenceville, NJ Jan 02, 2016 $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 22, 2016 $62,610
Production Planner Tridex Technology Ltd. Philadelphia, PA Sep 29, 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

  1. Raw Materials
  2. Purchase Orders
  3. Plan Production
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  • Monitored all jobs to ensure timely completion dates and accurate material requirement issuing of raw materials.
  • Generated purchase orders and utilized exceptions reports for monitoring current and future planning detail.
  • Plan production for Polystyrene production facilities, meeting customer demand while also managing inventory targets and forecast for sales.
  • Automated component ordering using MRP system-generated orders.
  • Established strong communication between the customer service representatives and the materials team.

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