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Materials Planner

Date: Sep 4, 2021

Location: West Haven, CT, US, 06516

Company: Glanbia

Materials Planner


Supervisor’s Title:           (TBD) Supply Chain Planning

Department:                     Nutritionals

Exempt Status:                 Exempt


Job Summary

Perform material requirements planning (MRP), managing all planning variables such as demand consumption, inventory levels, lead times, etc. to generate time phased plans for material/ingredient needs according to established planning policies.  The ultimate goal is to ensure raw material availability that supports manufacturing plans on delivering against customer service level targets. 


Essential Functions

  • Act as subject matter expert in available tools or systems that drive material requirements planning (SAP, JdA, other).
  • Monitor inventory levels and production plans to ensure material availability.
  • Utilize planning methods and principles to evaluate relevant inventory and consumption data to make recommendations that will reduce cost or increase efficiency.
  • Analyze and communicate constrained materials and recovery plans with relevant teams (Planning, Procurement, etc).
  • Perform root cause analysis on supply shortfalls and excess stock for raw materials and packaging.
  • Maintain control over inventories levels. Manage obsolescence of raw material by phasing out old and phasing in new skus, while maintaining proper inventory levels within network constraints.
  • Research root cause of inventory discrepancies, along with systematic issues resulting in low available inventories affecting customer service levels.
  • Notify and work with appropriate personnel when problems arise concerning operations, materials, inventory, documentation, raw materials replenishment, delivery or quality performance.  Solicit feedback, initiate corrective action and coordinate resolution of issues.  Keep stakeholders and leadership informed of critical situations.
  • Work with Procurement Team to ensure inventory meets the demands and expedite/de-expedite materials to prevent shortages/overages.
  • Communicate Supplier Delivery performance to Procurement team for long term resolution.
  • Prepare and generates reports as assigned.
  • Help to track and expedite QA release of materials as needed.
  • Interact with other departments and plants to communicate and resolve materials constraints.
  • Analyze the requirements of materials, using MRP to provide raw material to allow for scheduled manufacturing
  • Adhere to stocking principles, planning rules, SOPs, etc., keeping up with business changes. 
  • Actively participate in monthly Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP) meetings to ensure plans are aligned, identifying material risks and opportunities.
  • Provide Global Sourcing teams with scheduled requirements for materials.
  • Monitor aging and off spec product and communicate with relevant parties to maximize profitability and prevent obsolete stock.
  • Maintain systems master data and planning parameters (e.g. SAP, JDA, etc.).
  • Identify opportunities to drive continuous improvement. 



Additional Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Attend cross functional and internal meetings as deemed appropriate
  • Comply with all safety policies, practices and procedures. Report all unsafe activities to supervisor and/or Human Resources.
  • Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and company goals.
  • Provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge/skill





  • Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; or a minimum of three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers and other third parties, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.
  • Ability to effectively present information to management.


  • 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
  • Proficient personal computer skills including electronic mail, record keeping, routine database activity, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Typical Physical Activity

Physical Demands

  • Regularly involves talking or listening, sitting, and the use of hands and fingers.
  • Frequently involves reaching with hands and arms.
  • Occasionally involves standing and walking.

Physical Requirements

  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, works with the fingers.
  • Involves light physical activity performing non-strenuous daily activities of an administrative nature.


Typical Environmental Conditions

    • Well-lighted, heated and/or air-conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation.

Travel Requirements

    • Occasional overnight travel (up to 20%) by land and/or air.



Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing significant safety threat to self or others.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.


At Glanbia, we celebrate diversity, because we know that our individual strengths make us stronger together. We welcome and encourage interest from a wide variety of candidates, and we will give your application consideration, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, or disability status. 


At Glanbia our culture will celebrate individuality, knowing that together we are more.

Nearest Major Market: New Haven
Nearest Secondary Market: Hartford