Material Planner in Kentwood MI

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Roskam Baking Company
Material Planner
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Kentwood MI
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Job Types:
Demand Planning/Forecasting, Planning/Scheduling, Supply Chain Analyst/Mgr.

Material Planner

A Material Planner works with senior management to develop an acceptable set of procedures to purchase and/or requisition materials, while also overseeing the receipt, movement, timely issuance and disbursement of raw materials as it pertains to their assigned business unit(s) and/or product line(s). This is a high profile position within the organization, and requires a professional who is extremely organized, detail oriented, and has the ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks in a high-pressure environment.

Daily Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the implementation of consistent planning, scheduling, and resource management processes to meet varying project sizes, scope, and needs.
  • Analyze schedule and material use to identify developing problem areas (ex. slow moving and obsolete materials, expedite orders, etc.).
  • Lead project planning and schedule/attend daily/weekly review meetings.
  • Identify process, productivity, scheduling principles, and other improvements (ex: MRP), and work with/train various levels of the organization to plan and deliver those improvements.
  • Work with senior management on quotes and pricing process for outside and internal sales force. Ensuring a 24-48 hour turnaround on all quote requests and sales related inquiries.
  • Analytical skillset, as candidate will be responsible for timely production and distribution of periodic usage reporting as defined by senior management. This includes but is not limited to reports on usage, sales, trends, and inventory/product status.
  • Ensure proper maintenance of vendor database (ERP System) with standardization in mind.
  • Confers with business unit and senior management to define material requirements, identify overdue materials, and track critical or time sensitive materials.
  • Requisitions material and establishes sequential delivery dates to departments, according to job order priorities and material availability. Alerts affected departments of changes in material availability (i.e. damaged or missing materials).
  • Computes amount of material required to complete production work orders and sales orders, applying knowledge of product manufacturing processes.
  • Compiles and maintains manual or computerized records, like material inventory, in-process production reports, and status location of materials.
  • Works with Materials and/or Consumption Coordinator to manage and direct material use based upon disposition status and shelf life, using FEFO (First Expired First Out).
  • Works with Quality department as well as Research and Development on outstanding quality issues.
  • Miscellaneous duties and projects assigned as needed.

Job Skills:


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team and independently.
  • Must have proficient working knowledge with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and Outlook).


  • Bachelor degree in related field (i.e. Procurement, Supply Chain, Finance, etc., with preference for Supply Chain) or 4 years’ experience in purchasing, material management, and/or inventory control and actively pursuing a related degree.
  • APICS certification
  • Knowledgeable in Microsoft Dynamics AX, or ERP software.
  • Prior experience in a food manufacturing environment.

Reports To: Supply Chain Supervisor

Hours: 7:30am – 4:00pm M-F (Occasional after hours required)

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