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Material Planner

Ventura Foods

Ventura Foods

Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2024

Employment Type: Salaried
Work Designation: Hybrid

Position Summary:

The material planner will plan and manage the materials replenishment process for assigned items or supply categories. The material planning role is responsible for the planning and execution of packaging, ingredients to attain company metrics like inventory levels and customer fill rate. This role will typically analyze changing material demand patterns, interface with vendors, and oversee and improve vendor performance. The position will manage the introduction of new products, engineering changes and customer conversions. Position will manage vendor purchase order changes, process customer order enquiries, schedule changes and cancellations, and determine, research and correct material inventory discrepancy causes. The position will manage slow moving and obsolete inventory to minimize impact to the financial statements. They will collaborate with the Master Data Management team to ensure the accuracy of planning attributes is maintained and updated.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Daily review all MRP exception messages. Ensure all required purchase orders are released, canceled, expedited, modified according the exeception messages. Communicate changes of the material replenishment plan to production planners and other functional groups.
  • Primary supplier contact for all day to day purchase order issues for all assigned items or supply category including the communication and escalation of issues and supplier performance to other functional groups.
  • Monitor and ensure planning strategy and goals are executed. Lead and provide support on the disposition of slow moving and obsolete materials. Ensure vendor returns are processed on time. Analyze data to provide root cause analysis and report on key performance metrics.
  • Monitor and plan new material items as assigned. Ensure purchase orders are released, and item attibute data is entered accurately in JDE. Provide planning related information to other functional areas during the new product introduction process. participate in meeting and conference calls.

Education and Experience:

  • BRelevant Bachelors degree or equivalent experience; 5+ years of purchasing experience.
  • CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager), CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) or CPIM (Certified Production Inventory Management) certification preferred.
  • Relevant JDE experience highly preferred.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Proficient with MS Office.
  • Knowledge of material planning procedures, requisitions, purchase orders, and planning terminology.
  • Analytical problem solving capability, strong organization skills, and ability to manage change effectively.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills.
  • General supply chain knowledge including planning and inventory management.

Why Join Us:
Ventura Foods innovates and manufactures food solutions for foodservice and retail businesses. We make exclusive products for the world's most iconic restaurants and retailers, we provide ready-to-go product solutions for professional kitchens, and we make consumer brands everyone knows and loves. When you work for Ventura Foods, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work. As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth because you invest in ours.

Ventura Foods offers career growth opportunities as well as competitive compensation and benefits:​

  • Medical, Prescription, Dental, & Vision – coverage beginning on your 1st day for eligible employees​
  • Profit Sharing and 401(k) matching (after eligible criteria is met)​
  • Paid Vacation, Sick Time, and Holidays​
  • Employee Appreciation Events​ and Employee Assistance Programs
  • Annual bonus (based on the incentive program terms and conditions)

Diversity & Inclusion:
Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment in which all employees are treated with respect is evident in our company culture and values. We believe that fostering an environment of inclusion and a focus on diversity across our organization is vital to attracting top talent, driving innovation, and meeting the high expectations of our customers in a rapidly evolving global marketplace.

Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.