Materials Planner

Company Name:
Materials Planner-A1BU5
About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool is the industry leader in the manufacturing and marketing of home appliances. Whirlpool is a global company and markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Bauknecht, Consul and other major brand names in more than 170 countries around the world.
Whirlpool is a company that creates innovative solutions and products to meet consumer needs. As a result, we have been recognized as one of the world's 100 most innovative companies by Business Week magazine and the Boston Consulting Group. Additionally, Whirlpool Corporation was ranked among the Top 20 Innovators in Consumer Products by The Patent Board and has been consistently ranked as one of the Top 20 Companies for Leaders by Hewitt Associates and Fortune magazine.
Our unique business strategy provides us with an unmatched leadership position and ability to build and sustain loyalty to our brands. Our strategy allows us to move with greater speed to better serve our trade customer and end consumers around the globe.
Currently, we are seeking qualified candidates for a Materials Planner opening to join our Cleveland Manufacturing organization.
Day to Day (what a typical day or week look like in this role)
The Materials Planner will manage a selected list of suppliers and their associated parts / components as their primary job responsibility. This position will plan, authorize, schedule and control the acquisition and timely delivery of supplied material to support production operations. This position will also help maintain inventory accuracy and work with the materials team to develop and implement improvements to inventory control on the shop floor. In addition, this position will maintain open communications with Manufacturing, Quality, Procurement and Engineering on any condition that may affect excess or shortages of materials for production.
What You Will Do
Coordinate timely acquisition and delivery of supplied material to support production and service requirements
Establish and maintain superior supplier and production operation relations through written, verbal and electronic communications
Schedule and communicate special shipments of parts and materials to meet production requirements
Establish and maintain MRP data in the release module to ensure inventory levels are sufficient to support lean objectives and meet production requirements
Control, audit and adjust material within specified operating ranges to meet goals for accuracy and cost containment
Identify the need for and support implementation of lean principles, pull systems and consignment / POC arrangements with suppliers
Create yearly action plans to reduce RWIP inventory. Plans would include the reduction of obsolescence, excess and uncommitted inventory
Participate in, and make recommendations for the effective shop floor management of consignment controlled inventory
Participate in the phase in and phase out of model lines, controlling part availability for successful model line launches, and obsolescence when models are discontinued
Support materials key metrics reporting with timely rollup of information, and assistance with special reports management
Participate in special initiatives that support Master Scheduler's efforts to drive improved production schedule stability and Division metrics reporting
What You Need To Succeed
Bachelor's degree in related field and/or 2-4 years material management experience
Flexibility and the ability to simultaneously manage multiple tasks
Thorough knowledge and understanding of material flow related to production requirements planning
The ability and knowledge to utilize scheduling tools and software (WMCS, PATS, MRP, MPS, and APS system
Must possess sound judgment, planning and analytical skills to relate to management, production and supply base contacts
Self-motivation to identify, analyze and work to find solutions to flow issues
Ability to use a PC and knowledge of programs including Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, and Lotus Notes is a plus
Willingness to learn to implement and maintain consignment / POC agreements and JIT principles
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Outstanding people skills, with the ability to lead teams to drive exceptional results
Basic problem solving skills and ability to use them to drive root cause identification and problem solving
Endless Opportunities
Whirlpool has big plans for the future, just like you. We understand that it takes preparation and hard work to get there. So, we offer challenging purpose, ownership of your role, great teams, and tools to build your capability. In our performance-based setting, you can take your career in exciting new directions - and as far as you want to go.
Job: Manufacturing
Primary Location: US-TN-Cleveland
Organization: NAR
Req ID: A1BU5

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