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Material Planner in Saline, MI at JAC Products, Inc.

Date Posted: 2/18/2018

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Job Description



REPORTS TO: Business Unit Leader

STATUS: Salary Exempt

DEPARTMENT: Operations




Responsible for planning activities pertaining to production schedule creation and maintenance, material ordering, vendor management, receiving and inventory control for respective business unit to meet customer requirements.


To perform this position 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.

●  Shall adhere to all safety, health and environmental procedures, policies and practices, and ensures that all equipment is in safe operating condition and meets or exceeds OSHA Standards.

●  Comply with all QMS / EMS procedures and work instructions as it pertains to the position description.

●  Oversee all ordering and receiving of production material, and control Business Unit inventory levels. Establish buffers and create production schedule for the assigned manufacturing cells in the business unit.

●  Assure all receiving and production schedule processes comply with PFD, PFMEA, and control plans approved through PPAP process.


To perform this position 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.

1.  Ensures that all material planning related activities in the office and on the production floor are carried out in a safe manner. Responsible to address any unsafe practices by any employee that are witnessed in any area on the shop floor or in the office.

2.  Responsible for buffer calculations, weekly follow-up on buffer fluctuation, and maintaining calculated buffer in inventory.

3.  Updates and maintains weekly production schedule by line and schedule attainment, completes weekly cycle counts for each business unit accurately and maintains repetitive schedules to the latest revisions.

4.  Maintaining an accurate 6-12 week forecast to suppliers and updating supplier releases in MRP and Supply Web.

5.  Manage receipt of material at receiving, entry accuracy in MRP system and proper receiving inspection quality checks are being performed in accordance to the product’s process control plan (PCP).

6.  Sustaining accurate parameter in MRP system (Lead Time, Safety Stock, Shrink, etc), reviewing each Business unit BOM in the MRP system (10 per week) for accuracy, and confirming the process flow and pay points by walking them on the shop floor.

7.  Effectively supports and understands the JAC Products Development System (JPDS) and overall launch responsibility. Responsible to complete on time all deliverables assigned to the Material Planner under JPDS program and support JPDS program Gate reviews. Material Planner deliverables includes Plant Build Schedule, Production Ramp-up Plan, BOM Verification, Buffer Calculations, Container Verification, Receiving Inspection, and supplier material ordering.

8.  Manage Material Technicians (where applicable) on all tasks defined in the material process job description. Daily support of material technicians in their roles.

9.  Train Business Unit team members and operators on proper receiving processes, cycle counts, and production reporting to attainment. Responsible for all job functions of the Customer Service Representative during his/her absence.

10.  Performs all other functions as required; included are any work assignments relating to the efficient flow of work within JAC Products, Inc.



●  Advanced personal computing skills and knowledge of MS Office Suite programs

●  Ability to analyze and assess data and make projections based on historical data

●  Accuracy and attention to detail with ability to multi-task

●  Highly organized

●  Strong communication skills - both written & oral

●  Ability to identify urgent or emerging problems, develop alternative corrective actions, and engage appropriate colleagues in the timely implementation of corrective actions.

Job Requirements


Note:  Possession of a High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED) is required for all new hires in all positions

●  Bachelor’s Degree in materials/inventory/procurement management or the equivalent/relevant experience.

●  APICS certification is preferred


●  One (1) year or more of experience in a complex Tier 1 or 2 Automotive OEM parts production facility.

●  Advanced understanding of MRP Systems, Inventory control and the production planning process.

●  Inventory control experience including cycle counting

●  Minimum two (2) years in Material Planning role

●  Knowledge of MAPICS/Future 3/Supply Web ERP systems - or similar systems.


The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

●  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly working in an office environment, sitting for long periods, and performing duties utilizing a personal computer.

●  Periodically, the incumbent is required to walk through the production facility.


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