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Materials Planner

Date: Dec 7, 2018

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US, 60515

Company: Glanbia

Essential Functions:

  • Analyzes the requirements of the material, using MRP to provide raw material to allow for scheduled manufacturing including preliminary specifications, preferred supplier, and date materials are needed.
  • Manage inventory by analyzing stock and disposing of excess and obsolete inventory
  • Monitor in-house inventory movement and complete inventory transfer between production plants.
  • Responsible for the management of raw material inventory levels as it relate to internal space constraints.
  • Managing obsolesces of raw material: phasing out old and in new while maintaining proper inventory levels.
  • Review and address past due, stock outs and expediting orders in a timely manner.
  • Notify and work with appropriate personnel when problems arise concerning operations, materials, inventory, documentation, invoice discrepancies, raw materials replenishment, delivery or quality performance.  Solicit feedback, initiate corrective action and coordinate resolution of issues. Keep operations and management informed of critical situations.
  • Support internal (Marketing/R&D) request for raw materials in a timely manner.
  • Drives timing resolution of receiving issues, shipping issues and invoice discrepancies.
  • Continuously improves the quality of service to both internal and external customers by rigorously communicating and updating supplier commitment dates in SAP (daily).
  • Helping to track and expedite QA release of raw material urgently needed for production.
  • Researches root cause of inventory discrepancies, along with systematic issues resulting in low available inventories and customer service levels.
  • Work with Procurement Team to ensure inventory meets the demands and expedite/de-expedite materials to prevent shortages/overages
  • Maintain/Cultivate vendor development/relations with Category Manager.


Required Skills  - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of the position

  • Experience with MRP systems required; SAP, and JDA preferred
  • Knowledge of all material flow processes
  • High attention to detail and accuracy while managing multiple tasks and projects with specific deadlines
  • Must have complete knowledge of manufacturing and warehouse procedures and requirements as it relates to raw material and packaging.

Skills of the position

  • Skill in analytical thinking and problem solving
  • Good math abilities and reasoning skills
  • Must possess strong analytical skills to correctly interpret and anticipate manufacturing requirements and potential changes.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills requiring the ability to resolve conflicting interests and obtain cooperation.
  • Great organizational skills along with excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Above average computer skills and an above average experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Abilities for the position

  • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing business circumstance and have the ability to thrive in a constantly changing business environment.
  • Ability to function in a high stress, high pressure environment, with a positive attitude.
  • Ability to proactively anticipate needs and create favorable outcomes
  • Must have the ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of changing situations under pressure.
  • Ability to be a team player is a must                                      



  • 5 years’ experience in MPR, Supply Chain, or Planner/Scheduler role
  • 3+ years inventory experience within a manufacturing environment required
  • Food & Beverage industry experience preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of supply chain planning and scheduling
  • Degree or equivalent experience: Bachelor’s Degree in a related field


Equal Opportunity Employer: Disability/Veteran. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer that does not discriminate and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status

Nearest Major Market: Chicago