Supervisor Material Planner

Location Birmingham
Discipline: Logistics & Materials
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £Up to £48,000
Contact name: Keeley Atkinson

Contact email:
Contact phone: 01245403560
Job ref: SMP-KA
Published: 6 days ago
Expiry date: 31 Dec 2024 23:59
Startdate: ASAP

​Main purpose of the job:

  • The purpose of this role is to supervise the daily activities of the Material Planners and provide support to production planners in accordance with supply chain policies and procedures and with guidance from the supply chain managers.

  • The Supervisor is required to set priorities for the team to ensure task completion, coordinate work activities with own team and with peer group to ensure the team responds to supply requirements from demand and production planning, sales forecasts and schedules generated from the plant ERP systems ensuring timely fulfilment of parts supply.

  Main missions and results:

  • Plans, organizes, and conducts activities within its area in an effective manner towards achieving common objectives of IAC (name of plant) as well as the IAC Group.

  • Ensures team is undertaking analysis of shipments versus requirements, identifying any part shortages, resolving issues with relevant suppliers in collaboration with Master Scheduler and communicating upwards deviations and risks to supply chain continuity.

  • Supervises maintenance of Supplier EDI/ASN Compliance Matrix and establishes plans for non-Compliant suppliers working with local IT EDI lead and supply chain manager to implement supplier EDI and ASN links.

  • Reviews with Material Planners supplier schedules and ensure accurate alignment to demand through timely enactment of MRP exception messages for purchase order reschedule ins, outs and cancellations.

  • Liaises with Demand Planners, Production Planners and Supply Chain Manager to identify schedule changes, create and update line of balance information and communicate to impacted suppliers, gaining agreement to the changes, or taking actions to mitigate risks.

  • Work with Material Planners to enable smooth implementation and regular ongoing communication of any schedule changes such as volume ramp ups, slowdowns, stock burn off and part changes driven by customer or engineering change (ECN's) are communicated in advance to the suppliers with an agreed point of embodiment and inventory burn off plan.

  Ensuring team is:

  • Working with suppliers to mitigate costs they may charge in respect of cancellations, unused WIP and excess raw material claims, escalating to relevant Commodity Manager if agreement cannot be reached and flagging additional costs of purchase.

  • Participating in production planning and ECN reviews as required.

  • Understanding and communicating MRP schedule updates, schedule export or manual releases for non-EDI suppliers.

  • Running relevant cumulative reports to ensure that receipts and returns are properly reported in a timely manner.

  • Verifying nonconforming incoming material is transacted in the system, reported and mitigated

  • Reviewing all ASN Errors and resolve.

  • Reviewing all supplier related data set up and parameters, undertaking regular audits to ensure any errors are identified and fixed (part masters, items with no buyer/planner, items not on PO etc.)

  • Undertaking regular review on in transit shipments versus commit dates and escalate where on-going late shipments are taking place. Monitor and report monthly supplier OTIF performance.

  • Supporting the implementation of lean initiatives and continuous improvement activities undertaken within the plant.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • 3 - 5 + years' experience in supervision within a manufacturing environment, and has detailed knowledge of vendor scheduling, supplier recovery planning, materials planning, supplier recovery and escalation management

  • Relevant degree level qualification in supply chain management or procurement or comparable education and track record in materials planning or scheduling at a supervisory level

  • Knowledge of lean logistics and lean production principles in general (e.g., FISS, ideas and principles of Toyota Production System)

  • Excellent communicator both written and verbal at all levels in English with ability to hold people to ac-count

  • Is hands-on when required / pragmatic with good attention to detail

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communicator, both written and verbal at all levels in English

  • Proficient in Excel and other Microsoft packages

  • Sound understanding of Quality, Business and OEM systems/standards

  • Self-driven, with an enthusiastic approach and positive attitude able to support and encourage others