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GBS - MRP Planner - FIN0008678

Grand Rapids, Michigan, US

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The MRP Planner has the primary responsibility for fulfilling indirect material requirements to support maintenance, facilities, and ME requirements, and managing indirect material inventory levels to agreed targets.  Key activities include approval and creations of purchase requests, confirmations of PO’s, tracking of deliveries, setting and optimizing of safety stock targets, maintenance of indirect material part set ups, handling of receiving discrepancies, and indirect material shortage and expedite management and communication.
Create and approve purchase requests for indirect materials for maintenance, facilities, and ME requirements
Works with plant personnel and Master Data Management to support coding and extension of new parts to the plant
  • Assists plant teams to consider whether existing common parts can be considered
  • Assists plant teams to ensure that supplier-provided spare parts and/or previously purchased engineering/launch parts are considered in initial requirements
    Works with WRA, Share-the-Spare, and plant teams to avoid the purchase of new parts when repairable parts may be available
    Ensure supplier receipt and delivery of PO requirements
    Manage incoming supply vs. indirect material stock & requirements and makes adjustments as required
    Manage indirect material expedites and communicate material supply risks with Maintenance and Facilities
    Verify receiving paperwork and makes corrections if needed
    Track supplier on-time delivery performance
    Review indirect material part set-ups including shipment lead-time, terms, safety stock/time, standard packaging
    Support ME teams during launch and end-of-life (EOL) to optimize indirect material inventory
    Support ME and Maintenance teams to link new and existing parts to relevant equipment to improve support and EOL performance
    Work with SPS to improve lead-time performance, reduce MOQ impacts, and improve supplier on-time delivery
    Review pricing discrepancies versus system and actual invoices that Accounting Department provides
    Able to fill-in for other Planners as required without assistance (incl. Blueprint drawings and/or WRA)
    Actively works with plant teams and Shared Purchasing Services (SPS) to find opportunities to reduce inventory and increase material and spend visibility
    Conducts monthly continuous improvement activities for their parts portfolio including ROP/Max adjustments, Over-max reduction and root cause analysis, POU turn and stocking corrections, Obsolete and Not Planned (ND) management, and trend analysis
Follows work procedures, work schedules, and expedites workflow.
Monitors and maintains GMS standards
Supports BPD / Scorecard achievement
Internal Controls compliance for their function
Performs job responsibilities in compliance with ISO/TS 16949; ISO 14001; and OHSAS 18001.
Follows written and oral instructions and follows standard procedures to improve efficiency.
Promotes, educates, communicates, and follows up on safety initiatives
Maintains housekeeping in area
Is responsible for the proper use and care of equipment
Maintains safety, attendance, and vacation records
Supervises salary and hourly employees
Coordinates activities of crib attendants & indirect receiving personnel
Practices good labor relations, complies and enforces local agreement
Trains, develops, and evaluates employees
Responsible for processing hourly work elements in support of any BPD and planning initiatives
Achieves work group budget
Support the departmental cost reduction initiatives and gap closure requirements



Personal metric
Team Metric
Indirect Material Inventory vs. Target
# of Indirect Material Stock Outs
Line down time due to indirect material shortage
Repairable parts bought New
Share the Spare usage rate
% of receipts completed by warehouse personnel
Indirect Material Supplier OTD Performance
Total Indirect Material Supplier Lead-time (trend)
Late / Over-due PR’s not contracted
Indirect Materials Inventory Reduction
Indirect Material Premium Freight vs. Budget
Inventory Accuracy

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One year certificate from college or technical school; or three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.  Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Database software; Inventory software; Manufacturing software; Order processing systems; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.
Experience working with SAP and/or Maximo is preferable
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person or persons assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be a complete and exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.

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