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Detroit, MI, US

Materials Planner



The Materials Planner will support Lear Detroit by planning, determining, controlling material requirements, and maintaining an inventory database. Incumbents in this classification control materials by studying inventory, service-level targets, and manufacturing schedules; conferring with production teams; developing inventory plans and priorities; monitoring inventory levels, lead times, lot sizes, and fill rates; evaluating planned and proposed material/process changes; identifying and resolving supplier problems; and developing solutions for launch projects in response to a JIT (just in time) delivery requirement.


The Role:

Your work will include, but not be limited to:

  • Oversee procurement of parts and materials to ensure timely delivery.
  • Responsible for the accuracy of the Materials Requisition Program (MRP) system as it relates to inventories, production planning, and order fulfillment.
  • Investigate causes of significant discrepancies to prevent reoccurrence.
  • Assist with the cycle counting process to maintain inventory accuracy.
  • Provide oversight for inbound/outbound logistics and inventory control.
  • Identify and implements opportunities to reduce transaction costs, freight expenses, and inventory levels.
  • Oversee order fulfillment for internal and external customers.
  • Establish and maintains strong supply chain relationships.
  • Identify potential slow-moving inventory for review and disposition.
  • Maintain adequate inventories to support operations while minimizing inventory investments.
  • Ensure uniform systems, procedures and training as well as enhancing productivity of all logistics functions.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements of various agencies (e.g. US Customs), ethical practices, and internal controls.
  • Assist with the receiving department and the storage of raw materials throughout the plant.
  • Verify perpetual inventory against physical count of stock and adjusts errors in computation or count, and investigates and reports reasons for discrepancies and variances in perpetual.
  • Work with suppliers and production employees to eliminate waste and damage to raw materials.
  • Manage inventory goals and measurements to drive high inventory turns.
  • Monitor and manages the MRP system to plan and purchase supplier raw materials.
  • Design and implements a pull system such as the “kanban-based” (just-in-time), shop floor scheduling system to meet customer need dates and minimize inventory.
  • Provide project (program) management support for the division, including coordinating, tracking, expediting and reporting on current inventory.
  • Gather data for analysis regarding usage, quality, and price and manufacturing capability when requested.
  • Develops and maintains on going ethical supplier relationships that foster a desire to furnish new ideas, and promote cooperation with Lear.
  • Assist with the collection of and participation in resolving Lear claims (cost, time, tooling, rework, scrap, labor, sorting, and charges) against suppliers regarding non-conformance materials.
  • Participate in inter-departmental teams working towards continuous process improvement, elimination of wastes, and simultaneous engineering.
  • Coordinate obsolescence claims for leftover parts that the customer will be required to buy back at year end.
  • Audit physical inventory.


Advantages of working at Lear in the Materials group:


  • Work in an exciting fast paced environment.
  • Group organically growing with opportunities to advance within the company.
  • Integral part of a launch team for a new facility with the autonomy to influence and make it your own.
  • Exposure to new products.
  • Interact with executive and division leadership.


Your Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field and 1-3 years’ experience in logistics and/or materials or a combination of education and experience equivalent.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of inventory control.
  • Knowledge of central warehousing and distribution operations.
  • Knowledge of data processing concepts related to material management and budget monitoring.
  • Knowledge of pertinent local, state and federal laws, ordinances and rules.
  • Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Knowledge of marketing strategies and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Ability to identify information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Ability to estimate sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Ability to monitor and review information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Ability to identify and problem solve vendor issues.
  • Ability to observe and explain policies and procedures to staff and vendors.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, train and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Suite.


Bonus if you have:


  • Familiarity with AutoCAD.
  • Automotive specific experience.
  • Maxi MOST training.
  • JIT Environment a plus.
  • CI/Six Sigma/Lean training.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit