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Working As A Senior Material Planner

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

  • $72,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Material 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 Senior Material 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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Average Length of Employment
Material Manager 4.6 years
Material Scheduler 4.4 years
Master Scheduler 4.2 years
Production Planner 4.2 years
Planner/Buyer 4.0 years
Material Lead 3.8 years
Master Planner 3.7 years
Inventory Planner 3.7 years
Service Planner 3.7 years
Materials Planner 3.7 years
Material Analyst 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Senior Material Planner
Buyer 8.1%
Planner 3.0%
Top Careers After Senior Material Planner
Senior Buyer 11.6%
Buyer 9.7%
Planner 3.2%
Owner 2.4%

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Senior Material Planner Demographics

Gender

Male

57.6%

Female

35.5%

Unknown

6.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.3%

Hispanic or Latino

17.8%

Black or African American

10.0%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.7%

Japanese

16.1%

Mandarin

16.1%

Chinese

9.7%

Portuguese

3.2%

Vietnamese

3.2%

German

3.2%

Cantonese

3.2%

Manx

3.2%

Korean

3.2%
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Senior Material Planner Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.5%

San Jose State University

6.4%

Pennsylvania State University

6.4%

Michigan State University

6.4%

Arizona State University

5.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.3%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

4.3%

Chapman University

4.3%

San Francisco State University

4.3%

Cleveland State University

4.3%

University of Connecticut

3.2%

Cerritos College

3.2%

Athens State University

3.2%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.2%

Northern Kentucky University

3.2%

Greenville Technical College

3.2%

Ball State University

3.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.1%

Nichols College

2.1%

Baker College

2.1%
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Majors

Business

51.1%

Management

9.3%

Supply Chain Management

5.6%

Operations Management

4.4%

Accounting

3.7%

Marketing

3.4%

Finance

2.7%

Education

2.4%

Industrial Engineering

2.2%

Industrial Technology

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.7%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.7%

Computer Science

1.5%

General Studies

1.5%

International Business

1.2%

Political Science

1.2%

History

1.2%

Criminal Justice

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Project Management

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.0%

Masters

21.7%

Other

16.3%

Associate

10.6%

Certificate

3.5%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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The national average salary for a Senior Material Planner in the United States is $72,691 per year or $35 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $50,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $104,000.

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Top Skills for A Senior Material Planner

  1. Raw Materials
  2. Supply Chain
  3. MRP
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Identified obsolete equipment and reported for disposition and facilitated the disposition of obsolete raw materials upon approval of dispositions.
  • Managed supply chain operations and improvements including supply demand planning, system and operation administration, finance reporting and administrative activities.
  • Analyzed and managed inventory pipelines, while understanding assigned customers MRP pipeline.
  • Generated and issued purchase orders to suppliers and primary contact to resolve issues regarding consignment material and schedule.
  • Coordinated the ordering and scheduling of purchased material to ensure proper inventory levels and obtain optimum turnover rate.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Material Planners

  1. Wyoming
  2. New Mexico
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Montana
  5. Connecticut
  6. Maine
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Virginia
  9. Colorado
  10. Alaska
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