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McCalla, AL, US

Materials Planner




As a member of the Lear McCalla team, the Materials Planner will be responsible for supporting Lear by planning, 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; 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:

  • Oversees 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.
  • Investigates causes of significant discrepancies in order to prevent reoccurrence.
  • Assists with the cycle counting process to maintain inventory accuracy.
  • Identifies and implements opportunities to reduce transaction costs, freight expenses, and inventory levels.
  • Oversees order fulfillment for internal and external customers.
  • Establishes and maintains strong supply chain relationships.
  • Maintains adequate inventories to support operations while minimizing inventory investments.
  • Ensures compliance with regulatory requirements of various agencies (e.g. US Customs), ethical practices, and internal controls.
  • Assists with the receiving department and the storage of raw materials throughout the plant.
  • Verifies 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.
  • Works with suppliers and production employees to eliminate waste and damage to raw materials.
  • Manages inventory goals and measurements to drive high inventory turns.
  • Monitors and manages the MRP system in order to plan and purchase supplier raw materials.
  • Designs 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.
  • Provides project (program) management support for the division, including coordinating, tracking, expediting and reporting on current inventory.
  • Develops and maintains on going ethical supplier relationships that foster a desire to furnish new ideas and promote cooperation with Lear.
  • Participates in inter-departmental teams working towards continuous process improvement, elimination of wastes, and simultaneous engineering.


Advantages of working at Lear in the Materials group:

  • Ability to work in a brand new, start of the art manufacturing plant
  • Gain firsthand knowledge of working in a tier 1 automotive environment
  • Room for growth with Lear locally in Alabama as there are three Lear Operations in the greater Tuscaloosa area


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.
  • 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 communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, train and evaluate assigned staff.


Bonus If You Have:

  • Previous JIT Automotive experience