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Location: 

Detroit, MI, US

Materials Planner

MATERIALS PLANNER
DETROIT, MI

 

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