A material planner is an essential member of staff in any medium or large manufacturing operation. The material planner ensures a steady flow of all materials needed to keep a manufacturing line operating. This is generally a balancing act; manufacturers do not generally have space to store large quantities of raw materials, so the material planner must ensure adequate supplies without overbuying or wasting resources.
Material Planner Tasks
Monitor and track materials flow to identify bottlenecks and characterize usage.
Identify, resolve, and forecast problems and potential solutions to inventory and quality.
Schedule delivery and production usage of materials for optimal production.
Visit and evaluate suppliers for quality, timeliness, procedures, and fit to goals.