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Material Planner

Job Number:  6693
Group:  Cosma International
Division:  Kamtek Inc. - Bld1
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Birmingham, AL, US





Job Number: 6693 
Group: Cosma International  
Division: Kamtek Inc. - Bld1 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: Birmingham 




Group Description


Cosma provides a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to global customers. Through our robust product engineering, outstanding tooling capabilities and diverse process expertise, we continue to bring lightweight and innovative products to market.


 KAMTEK is a premier Tier 1, automotive manufacturing supplier that specializes in Class “A” Stamping, Assembly and High Pressure Die Casting that produces Body-side and Door Openings, Roofs, Floor Pans, Wheelhouses, Large Welded Assemblies, Doors, Fenders, Hoods, Lift-gates, Aluminum Shock Towers, and Aluminum Rear Rails. Our capabilities include the manufacturing of Class “A” Body Panels along with Medium/Large Stampings, Large Assemblies and Aluminum Stampings and Assemblies, and Aluminum High Pressure Vacuum Die Casting to our Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) such as Mer­cedes Benz, Volkswagen, Kia, Hyundai, Nissan, BMW and Freightliner. As a local distributor and supplier, Kamtek’ s market segmentation to Cosma International, (a division of MAGNA INTERNATIONAL) provides a “state-of-the-art” product that utilizes the most technologically advanced Pressing processes in order to maintain a competitive advantage to other OEM’s within the market. Our company’s culture of team spirit & mutual respect with a focus on fair treatment helps us to embrace our multi-cultural affiliation with Magna International, and supports our mission through process efficiency and competitive product pricing. Furthermore, the culture at Kamtek focuses on Job Security, with employees being given the opportunity for continuous training, advancement within the skill/trade, and potential for growth within our safe work environment. We offer Employee Equity and Profit Participation programs which increase our employees’ ownership within the company. Kamtek, part of Cosma International and a division of Magna International, represents the most diversified automotive supplier in the world. We design, develop and manufacture automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components, and engineer and assemble complete vehicles, primarily for sale to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of cars and light trucks in our three geographic segments - North America, Europe, and the Rest of the World (primarily Asia, South America and Africa). Our capabilities include the design, engineering, testing and manufacture of automotive interior systems; seating systems; closure systems; metal body & chassis systems; mirror systems; exterior systems; roof systems; electronic systems; powertrain systems as well as complete vehicle engineering and assembly. We are a leading global automotive supplier with 347 manufacturing operations and 92 product development, engineering and sales centres in 28 countries. We have over 168,000 employees focused on delivering superior value to our customers through innovative processes and World Class Manufacturing.


PURPOSE OF POSITION:  The Material Planner is accountable for the timely availability of supplied-material, service items and maintenance items required by the production and supply schedules; and in conformance to specified quantities, engineering levels, design standards, functionality, geometry, performance and features.




RESPONSIBILITY AND AUTHORITY:  The Material Planner is responsible for scheduling and expediting supplied material delivery for all inbound materials required in production, service items and maintenance while adhering to KAMTEK’s plant standards and upholding the Magna Employee’s Charter.






  1. Follow and enforce all plant safety rules and policies.
  2. Follow and comply with all operational procedures/policies as stated in the employee Environmental Health and Safety programs
  3. Understand and promote Magna’s philosophies (Magna Operational Principles, Corporate Constitution and Employee’s Charter).
  4. Monitor MRP (Forecasts, Stock on hand, customer demand, production schedule, inventory transactions and reject material) on all related production material to protect production and reduce cost
  5. Plan, Forecast, Schedule and Release supplied material demands to meet our production requirements;
  6. Follow-up on delivery timing and expedite the material as needed through line delivery
  7. Follow-up and validate carrier appointments (specified carrier arrival times to avoid excess traffic density)
  8. Special project and campaign assignments, tasks and duties as assigned by management from time to time – including but not limited to: Program launches, software launches, training initiatives, document creation, work instruction authoring, etc.
  9. Use ERP System (CMS) as the Primary means of creating, monitoring and communicating schedules, inventory quantities, releases and forecasts.
  10. Forecast Raw Material to all suppliers (mill sources, processors, blankers, etc.)
  11. Track production and forecast trends to help predict future scheduling needs – audit production rates, pack quantities, scrap factors and cycle times
  12. Generate and Send regular Raw Material releases to all suppliers
  13. Ensure continual material flow into all required locations
  14. Maintain proper lean inventory levels on all raw materials in accordance to process capabilities
  15. Monitor and ensure inventory accuracy of raw material throughout the system
  16. Monitor Raw Material usage and utilization of all Tier 2 Suppliers using Resale Steel
  17. Analyze yield and variances for Raw Material consumption – Investigate variances, identify issues and develop solutions to solve the issues
  18. Track Scrap and Off-fall for all parts and blanks produced – Know and understand the loss rates and usage rates to identify areas for improvement and opportunity
  19. Support Kamtek initiatives concerning 5S, Lean Manufacturing and Kaizen
  20. Monitor Supplier Performance for all Raw Material Suppliers
  21. Evaluate corrective actions put in place at suppliers to support Raw Material delivery
  22. Process returns to vendors for all defective or non-conforming material
  23. Ensure customer systems are answered in accordance to Customer requirements (as assigned)
  24. Support cross training with other roles and serve as a backup for other assigned roles
  25. Follow proper Materials Management procedures
  26. Accomplish all work assignments as directed by management personnel
  27. Promote good housekeeping (5S)
  28. Perform other duties as required.







SKILL (Ability to do the job)

-Ability to work in a team environment or independently to perform duties with little supervision.

-Ability to communicate with team members on all shifts and possess good mathematical and   organizational skills.

-Ability to adequately perform all above job requirements within the timeframe allotted to support the customer needs

-The environment is high pressure and requires extreme accuracy and attention to detail

-The individual must be able to perform all essential functions as appropriate on the plant floor, in meetings, and with team members, leaders, customers and suppliers

-Overtime as required

-Mathematical skills; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions; the Metric and Imperial Measurement System; data analysis and statistical techniques.

-Decision making abilities to create a win, win, win situation in support of the three legged stool (Customer, Investor, People)






Some of the physical demands for this position include the ability to lift 40 pounds and being able to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time in a manufacturing environment.




Some of the equipment and tools used are basic departmental hand tools and personal protective equipment.  Computer, telephone, copier/printer.





EDUCATION:  High School Diploma or GED required. Associate’s Degree in business administration or certified 2 year training program for the material scheduling profession; or Four years verifiable work experience in same profession is acceptable in lieu of formal education.


OTHER:  Safe work practices, general knowledge of mechanical operations. Computer skills: High level proficiency in Microsoft applications.  (Vlookup, Macros, Pivot, Index, VBA), as well as solid Access skills; PowerPoint, Word.





WHAT TYPES?  Previous experience in a manufacturing environment is required. Related experience in Inventory Control, demand planning, production planning, or supply chain management is preferred.

HOW MUCH?  2-5 years






• Well-developed interpersonal, organizational, communication (verbal & written), presentation and negotiation skills

• Knowledge of Production Planning, Inventory Control and ERP

• Proficient in Microsoft Office Products (Excel, Word, Power Point, Project & Visio)

• Self-starter with the ability to formulate a project and see it through to its conclusion

• Decision making abilities to create a win, win, win situation in support of the three legged stool (Customer, Investor, People)

• Demonstrates strong computer skills in office software applications, (word processing, presentations and spreadsheets), and proficient in the use of Enterprise Data Management systems (SAP, GRMS etc).

• Ability to work to deadlines and multiple demands.

• Excellent organizational, interpersonal and problem solving skills.

• Excellent mathematical skills.

• Customer Service Oriented.

• Willing to work overtime to meet customer need.

• Demonstrates the ability to work effectively within team environment.

• Reading, analyzing and interpreting the MRP system, inventory transactions and procedures in compliance with the Corporate Management System.





New Hire Orientation, OSHA Required Training, Product and Process Overview, Understanding the Charter, 5S & Visual Management, Business Management System, Magna Ethics & Compliance Training





Performance Assessment conducted by Supervisor and/or Department Manager





The Material Planner will adhere to all company and customer quality systems to create a product that meets customer expectations. The key objective is to ensure the continuity of production by always having the proper material available at the proper time and in the proper quantity, at the lowest possible cost.




This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

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13--Materials Management F--Permanent/Regular 

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