Material Planner
Yazaki - Tennessee

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Material Planner

Worksite Location: 305 Tech Park, La Vergne,TN

Reports to: Supervisor
Branch: YNAL
Department: Production Control
Business Unit/Office: TPNO
Status: Exempt
Career Level: IC1/IC2

The information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by the associate. It is not designed to contain, or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required for the job.


The customers of the Material Planner are the Automotive Manufacturers and other Tier 1 suppliers. The tasks performed in this position support these customers. Material Planners receive the customer forecasts and weekly releases. They verify the information for accuracy, and then issue monthly forecasts (six months) and oversee the issuance of the weekly Shipping Releases (12 weeks) to the Production affiliates. The Material Planner also controls Trial Orders, Packaging and is a cross functional position. The Material Planner position has interaction with Engineering, Program MGT, Purchasing, Quality Assurance, Operations (Warehouse), and Transportation/Logistics.


 Control on-hand inventory levels of finished goods for shipment to customers.
 Create monthly forecasts and coordinate with Analyst to ensure weekly shipping releases are submitted to the affiliates by using MS Excel & JDE/F3 data.
 Acquire and verify volume & mix percent information for the Short Term Forecasts (working with other departments).
 Determine cost responsibility for air/expedite based on affiliate & customer agreements.
 Determine cost responsibility for obsolete material based on affiliate & customer agreements.
 Negotiate air freight and obsolescence responsibility with customer Production Control departments.
 Assist in the resolution of inventory discrepancies utilizing the Shipping Release information and the JDE/F3 system.
 Initiate air/expedite freight as needed (with management approval).
 Work with customers and affiliates to develop process, communication, and documentation improvements.
 Must answer all customer communications (phone, e-mail and fax).
 Analyze & Report affiliate on-time delivery.


Degree Requirements: 4 Year Degree in Business or related field preferred. Equivalent experience acceptable.
Certification Requirements: Not applicable
Previous Experience: Not applicable
Travel Requirements: As needed
On Call Requirements: After hours and weekends
Physical Requirements: Office position – primarily sedentary. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disability to perform the essential functions.

• Microsoft Office
• Organizational and time management skills Decision-making skills. Ability to coordinate and supervise special projects.
• Excellent problem solving skills Strong communication skills both written and verbal
• Appropriate composition of business correspondence
• Ability to handle stressful conditions and rapidly adapt to change
• Must be team oriented
• Ability to share workload

Applicant must be legally authorized to work in the United States without the need for company sponsorship for employment visa status