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Materials Planner

Company: Campbell Soup
Location: Charlotte
Posted on: September 15, 2021

Job Description:

Imagine...working for a company that knows that its people are the key to its success in the marketplace. A company in which achieving extraordinary results and having a stimulating work experience are part of the same process.

We cultivate and embrace a diverse employee population. We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives fuel our growth and enrich our global culture.

We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference.

Job Summary:
The Planner, Materials is responsible for analyzing, planning, and maintaining materials for use in Production by determining the quantity and date materials are needed to ensure optimal inventory levels and to support valid plans.  Responsible for inventory levels at respective site location. 

Essential Job Duties:

  • Develops, publishes, maintains and executes material plans that balance customer service versus inventory levels, effective asset utilization, site-specific limitations on quantities due to equipment and facility parameters, and volatility of supplies such as perishable raw materials.
  • Assures production schedule needs for materials, including raw and consumable materials, are met through rigorous and constant monitoring, schedule modification, PO issuance, PO reconciliation, and delivery/consumption tracking.
  • Performs bottom-up re-planning to ensure materials protect customer requirements when supply will not be adequate and works with the Master Production Scheduler and Production Scheduler when bottom-up re-planning will not resolve the shortage.
  • Assumes all long term planning responsibilities in VI4 org on brands film, corrugate, pre-print and other materials as necessary. Utilizes long-term planning tools to develop collaboration with suppliers and ensure material availability.
  • Develops and maintains appropriate measures and tracking tools that control materials inventory levels and minimize obsolescence and loss of perishable raw materials, including managing runouts of unique materials through SKU Rationalization. Measures days on hand, downtime due to material outage, accurate planning parameters, and inventory investment.
  • Serves as primary contact for raw material deliveries and assures material deliveries minimize unscheduled production changes and supply chain issues during all hours of plant operation. This includes non-standard office hours, which can incorporate evenings and weekends.
  • Updates and maintains current MRP item master planning parameters including; planner code, planning lead times, order policy codes (order modifiers), safety stock, safety time, and other assigned data fields.
  • Communicates with manufacturing, quality (including vendor return coordination), engineering, purchasing, marketing warehousing and master production scheduling personnel regarding raw material changes, packaging changes, supply, or quality problems and potential solutions, providing feedback to any impacted internal department or external suppliers.
  • Serves as a resource to warehouse personnel in identifying and resolving root causes of inventory errors on assigned materials for the purpose of process improvement
  • Researches and resolves PO receipt accuracy issues and identifies root cause when applicable for the purpose of process improvement
  • Schedules material deliveries in accordance with published receiving calendar. 
  • Maintains on-going communications and participates in cross-functional team meetings as necessary.
  • Participates in the daily production scheduling meeting as well as the weekly master production scheduling meeting.
  • Assures timely payment of supplier invoices through monitoring of receipts in comparison with the accounts payable system and ensures credit is received for off quality materials as needed.
  • Performs purchase orders for plant OGS materials while helping to research for least landed cost of materials.
  • Participates with Procurement on root cause analysis and resolutions if supplier delivery performance for the materials assigned is less than minimum required.
  • Performs annual supplier review with major plant suppliers.
  • Assists in developing new items.
  • Communicates directly with suppliers in all matters relating to quantity required and delivery schedule, changes, or issues
  • Designs, produces, and distributes supplier schedules weekly directly from the ERP system's MRP module.
  • Assists in establishing supplier scheduling time fences and expectations regarding schedule stability, execution, and change approval within those time fences.
  • Participates in management of slow moving, trial and transitioning items in coordination with other organization elements.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Statement of Coverage:


Scope of Responsibility:
Works independently with minimal supervision; work frequently done independently by following practices and procedures while occasionally having work checked.  Role generally exercises a moderate to high level of discretion and independent judgement.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret common business information.  
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries and complaints. 
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  
  • Ability to exercise discretion while managing confidential information. 
  • Ability to manage time effectively to meet production needs and multi-task. 
  • Demonstrates the ability to use intuition and experience to complement data. 
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel (Basic), Materials Requirements Planning software, Internet software and Outlook.

Education and Experience:
Associate degree and a minimum of 2 years of experience in a Supply Chain environment required; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor's degree and MRP experience preferred. 

Professional Licenses or Certifications:

Physical Demands:
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to stand, and walk. 

Work Environment:
The duties of this role primarily take place in an office environment where the noise level is usually moderate. The employee in this role is also regularly in a production and/or warehouse environment where the employee can become exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and outside weather conditions.  The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. Floors are often slippery with water, oil and dust.  

Travel Required:
Travel is occasionally required for this position, less than 10% of the time.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law.

In that regard, U.S. applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.

Keywords: Campbell Soup, Charlotte , Materials Planner, Other , Charlotte, North Carolina

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