SUMMARYThe Material Planner will possess knowledge and experience in a manufacturing environment with strengths in balancing material inventories with the needs of a highly variable job shop and manufacturing operation. The selected individual shall establish proactive communications with production managers, buyers, and critical suppliers to obtain confidence in delivery commitments and strive to achieve internal requirements. The MP shall also drive problem resolutions of multiple complexities, engage in lean six sigma initiatives for process improvements, assist in attaining program cost objectives working with the sourcing team on proactive strategies and coordinate with cross-functional disciplines as required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- On Time Delivery and Fill Rate of 100%
- Coordinate Buyer action reports, open work orders, and customer forecasts to ensure subassemblies and component parts are accounted for and shipped in accordance with customer demand
- Negotiate with Sales and Customer Service
- Conduct supplier coordination and specification clarification with identified suppliers to ensure receipt of quality parts
- Coordinate with appropriate in house organizations to assure quality parts are delivered to our customers
- Assume leadership to resolve cycle count issues
- Based upon cycle counts, visual review of Kanbans, and reconciliation of MRP reports adjust inventory as required.
- Communicate with production the need for work orders in support of customer demands and forecasts to update MRP and eliminate shortages
- Notify Quality representatives of need for First Article part inspection and follow-up to completion
- Formulate the Engineering, Operations and Quality team to evaluate new suppliers
- Conduct data base maintenance and clean up as required
- Update purchase part standard cost or equal in the ERP System
- Ensure all production lines are free from line shortages
- Ensure on hand quantities, material receipts, MRP data, shipping quantities and data integrity is complete and accurate
- Review open and late purchase order report routinely to preclude shortages
- Through utilization of Kanbans and MRP develop methodologies to eliminate expediting
- Review MRP and Kanbans daily to ensure adequate inventory is on hand to support production lines
- Place orders for purchase parts as dictated by MRP and establish Kanbans that enable associates to order material
- Participate in forecasting and inventory management to avoid floor shortages
- Participate in Configuration Control and Material Review Board meetings to ensure hardware is purchased and disposed
- Collaborate with accounting to resolve memo's to buyers, credit hold issues, invoice errors, packing slip mistakes and purchase order reconciliation to ensure on hand quantities are accurately depicted in MRP system or Kanbans
- Evaluate, coordinate and provide leadership in the disposition of Slow Moving Obsolete Inventory.
- Initiate and implement Engineering Change Orders and deviations for assigned product line parts
- Achieve a systematic reduction of supplier lead times and graphically display progress monthly
- In collaboration with product line members establish Kanbans and follow-up to ensure efficient operation
- Establish plans to establish visual Kanbans for all product line requirements and track performance to plan
- Advise operations management on logistical considerations as they influence cycle time, transportation, and product costs
- Expedite importation of finished goods
- Disposes of excess, non-repairable and, or warehouses surplus property following procedures and guidelines
- Confirm property disposition requests for both, estimating resale value of scrap equipment
- Establish and maintain, on a recurring basis, contact by telephone, e-mail and, or in person with all levels of employees in the organization to explain inventory and property disposition, obtain information on the status or location of materials and, or components
- Correspond by telephone, e-mail and in person with various department representatives in the process of warehousing surplus property and disposing of non-repairable property
- Participate in training courses and programs as they relate to overall business and personal development, as well as product related developments
- Perform other such duties as may be required
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Comply with all safety policies, practices and procedures reporting all unsafe activities to Management and/or Human Resources;
- Contribute to building a positive team spirit.
- Communication effectively with peers, subordinates, superiors, internal and external customers in a professional, responsive, and responsible manner.
- Protect confidential information by not communicating, disclosing to, or using for benefit of 3rd parties;
- Maintain the highest degree of honesty and integrity at all times.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & EDUCATION
A College degree or equivalent is required. Any APICS training and/or certification is desirable. This position requires a minimum of 5-10 years of experience in a manufacturing organization, with prior experience with material planning and production control.
Export/Import Knowledge. Knowledge of computerized MRP systems is a must. The individual must possess excellent analytical and problem solving skills, able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the inter-relationship of the following processes: Receiving, Storage and retrieval of inventory, Kitting, Assemblies and sub-assemblies, Manufacturing and Back-flush process, Shipping and distribution.
Demonstrated a high degree of planning, organizational, analytical, and financial skills and be able to partner and communicate with all levels of an organization from hourly associates to senior management.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Working knowledge of Inventory Management.
- In-depth knowledge of cycle counting process
- Ability to analyze and explain selected variances between actual inventory and system inventory.
- In-depth understanding of the repair/manufacturing process.
- Familiarity with commodities/serial/part numbers.
- Understand the process and be able to analyze Bills of Material.
- Understand the process and be able to manage the MRP system.
- Working knowledge of Glovia ERP platform preferred.
- Ability to handle a variety of projects simultaneously.
- Ability to function in a team environment.
- Ability to handle stressful situations with a customer service mindset.
- Ability to interface and contribute to Lean teams.
- Knowledge of the value chain is preferred.
- Experience with importing/exporting products.
Education and/or Experience: Bachelor's degree (BS/BA.) from four-year College or university, preferably in Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management or Business Management; or at least five (5) years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience within the inventory control environment.
Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Computer Skills: Basic personal computer skills including electronic mail, word processing, spreadsheet, and basic database.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Regularly required to sit and talk or hear. Occasionally required to stand and walk. Occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Hearing protection may be recommended and/or required in some areas.