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Material Planner

Company name
Steelcase Inc.

Grand Rapids, MI

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Schedules and coordinates the efficient distribution of products in order to satisfy customer demand. Analyzes and revises shipment plans as required. Works with other departments to ensure customer satisfaction and accuracy of shipment records. Determines reorder points and ensures that sufficient levels of inventory are maintained. Analyzes actual product demand, trends and forecasts, and adjusts inventory plans accordingly. Applies and implements lean practices to manage material and scheduling customer orders for least total product cost.


Analyzes material requirements for raw and purchased material to complete production orders. Plans the sequenced production and delivery of parts from internal and external suppliers.

Coordinates and expedites flow of materials, parts, and assemblies between suppliers and/or departments, according to production and shipping schedules or department priorities.

Assists management in resolving external and internal supply chain related issues. Manages Lean improvement projects within the plant supply chain.

Compiles and maintains manual or computerized records for tracking production operations. Maintains product coding and material master records. Analyzes and dispositions slow moving inventory. Applies and implements lean practices to managing material and scheduling customer orders for least total product cost. Tracks and implements product changes using PCN, ER, ENC tools. Processes material rejects.

Develop forecast for components purchased from international suppliers

Monitor PO's to ensure they have shipped on time. Follow-up with a supplier if they are late

Monitor sea freight shipments to make sure there are no delays that will impact manufacturing

When there is a delay, determine the severity level for tracking the shipment and if air freight is needed to avoid impacting the customer

Work with international suppliers to improve their performance

Work with procurement on improving the supply chain and supplier changes

Work with PD&L

Support S&OP development and implementation

Required Skills

High degree of interpersonal skills required.

Strong oral and written communication skills required with all levels, including plant manager, superintendents, team supervisors, production people, and various support staff.

Able to integrate new software tools and applications with lean practices to provide a scheduling solution for internal and external customers.

Can apply and use SAP, and legacy systems tools to provide scheduling and planning solutions for internal and external production operations.

Understands and can apply lean techniques and practices to manufacturing operations enviroment.

Manage and implementation of technical and lean solutions in the internal and external supply chain.

Must be able to work without direct supervision


Leadership Skills:


Business Skills:

Continuous Improvement

Decision Making

Planning and Organizing

Interpersonal Skills:

Customer Service Orientation


Displaying Steelcase Values

Communication Skills

Personal Attributes:

Intellectual Capacity

Valuing Diversity & Inclusion


Motivational fit

Required Experience

4 year business degree or equivalent, willing to pursue training and education.

Certified through APICS or supply chain management

Experience (5 yrs) in production inventory control enviroment

Job Location

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

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Company info

Steelcase Inc.
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Company Profile
We design and manufacture architecture, furniture and technology products, including, office chairs, desks, storage, and space divisions. As workplace experts, we help people to have a better work experience, by providing products, services and insights into the ways they work.

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