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Senior Material Planner

Louisville, KY, United States  |  Manufacturing (Group)  |  ID: REQ-13585


Job Location

USA, Louisville, KY

Job Posting Title

Senior Material Planner

The Challenge

The Senior Materials Planner monitors materials needed for short-term production schedules as well as manages longer-term supply chain issues to ensure part availability for a GE Appliances’ manufacturing plant.

What you will Do

Production Support - ensure overall part availability for manufacturing operation.

  • Manage material flow for a portfolio of suppliers to maintain product availability and schedule achievement goals.
  • Manage daily production requirements received from plant Master Scheduler.
  • Line up receiving docks. Communicate and prioritize trailers.
  • Verify parts are available for production for current day.
  • Review for immediate part shortages; conduct physical sweeps of hot parts in the supermarket and at the production line as needed.
  • Respond to issues throughout the day from plant operations.
  • Set up expedite deliveries as needed.
  • Communicate with suppliers regarding shortages, overall part availability and future state production needs.
  • Resolves lot management/truck issues as needed.
  • Work with quality team to ensure proper inventory coverage when parts are rejected from working inventory.

Training Requirements:

  • Identify and provide training needs for new and existing material planners 
  • Translate requirements into training SOP's that will enhance team competencies and stabilize inventory flow
  • Assess training effectiveness to ensure incorporation 

Process Changes:

  • Responsible for system development of long-term forecasting for International suppliers 
  • Driving process improvement within the materials planning team 

Part Portfolio Management

  • Ensure inventory quantities, e-packing slips and receipts are accurate and maintained in a timely manner.
  • Conduct ongoing cycle counts of parts.  Reconcile physical inventory vs. parts system.
  • Own safety stock, lead time, shipment frequency, minimum orders for all assigned parts.
  • Resolve supplier issues and inventory surplus/deficits as required.
  • Improve material availability to support production and customer requirements through corrective actions for availability/span issues, improved supplier response times, transportation planning and inventory management.
  • Drive inventory reduction through improved material planning, supplier cycle reductions, work in-process improvements, vendor managed inventory, etc.
  • Manage respective transportation and logistics costs to reduce inventory and drive productivity improvements. 
  • Support plant and product variable cost productivity initiatives.

Part Change Management

  • Manage build-out process for supplier changes, including manual part ordering.
  • Manage the depletion of safety stock, wind down orders and conduct final part counts.
  • Lead and oversee bank build process.
  • Coordinate part rework events and determine course of action.
  • During new product introduction (NPI) events, communicate with supplier to set up lead times, delivery dates, safety stock for new part.  

Other related duties as assigned

  • Perform safety audits and assignments related to plant materials safety.
  • Manage other special projects as necessary.

What you need to Succeed

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 2 years of material planning experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, supply chain, engineering or other relevant field of study

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of materials management experience within a high volume manufacturing environment.
  • 5 years of experience working within a manufacturing environment.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong systems capabilities, including MRP/ERP systems and intermediate MS Word/Excel.
  • Understanding and prior usage/application of lean manufacturing principles.
  • Customer focus, high energy and aggressive approach to issues.
  • Excellent presentation skills and solid verbal/written communication skills.
  • Initiative and ability to handle multiple priorities and tasks.
  • Supplier management experience and project implementation.
  • Awareness of current technology and advances in the field of supply chain management
  • APICS certification.
  • Six Sigma certification.

Working Conditions:

  • Working conditions are normal for both an office and manufacturing environment.
  • Work may involve lifting of materials and product up to 30 pounds.
  • Working in the manufacturing environment requires the use of safety equipment to include but not limited to: safety glasses, hearing protection, gloves, work shoes/boots.
  • Work may require occasional weekend and/or evening work.

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.



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