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Planner, Scheduler

Job Number:  45662
Group:  Magna Exteriors
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular


Planner, Scheduler

Planner, Scheduler


Works independently as the lead Materials Planner on multiple supplier releases.  Responsible for correlating parts’ inventory accuracy and ensuring JIT inventory support for production. Supports the Customer Service Lead with analysis and monitoring of customer sales and production forecasts.  Lead on Production Service requirements which includes interface with the customer systems and our production teams.  Back up to Customer Service Lead on customer systems, service delivery, customer delivery ratings, and production scheduling.  Interprets and analyzes customer requests and capacity issues including availability of workforce, machines, time, and materials.  Measures actual progress based on customer requirements and reports significant deviations. Identifies, establishes, and maintains appropriate inventory levels.  Monitors supplier delivery schedules to ensure material coverage in support of production schedules.  Contacts suppliers and initiates corrective actions as required.  Enters receipts as required, and enforces Supplier Connection interface use with Supply Base. Participates in continuous improvement processes and champions programs to improve cost, quality, and delivery.  Performs other duties as required which may involve providing work direction and/or supervision to other staff.  After hours and weekend work may be required. 

Key Responsibilities


The duties listed below will be performed at both levels within the progression with increasing independence and emphasis on unique situations and program development.  Work is standard, of moderate difficulty, and performed under general supervision.  Work involves independent decision making with guidance furnished on unusual matters.  Assumes responsibility for production in respective area.

  • Ensures level supplier releases and production scheduling based on customer requirements, management goals and objectives, availability of materials, capacity of equipment, etc.  Contends with an uneven customer demand and adjusts production schedules to secure a stable, consistent level. Assumes sole responsibility for authorizing/releasing all materials used in respective manufacturing area.\
  • Interprets and analyzes supplier & customer requests and capacity issues.  Analyzes and develops short-range customer sales and production forecasts and provides input for long-range forecasts.  Maintains all production schedules by ensuring proper utilization of resources (machines, time, people, and materials) including recommending appropriate levels of production staff and overtime.  Develops all production schedules within particular area of responsibility using all applicable internal and external information.  Coordinates all necessary processes with Receiving, Quality, Engineering, Finance and Customer Service Departments.

Key Qualifications/Requirements

  • Based on customer requirements, monitors and measures actual progress in meeting all production forecast and schedule requirements.  Reports significant deviations. 
  • Identifies, establishes, maintains, and monitors appropriate inventory levels to achieve departmental goals and objectives. Coordinates engineering change orders, phase in of new products, and discontinuation of old products while minimizing obsolete inventory.  Monitors inventory records for respective area and ensures corrective action as needed.
  • Monitors supplier delivery schedules to ensure material coverage in support of production schedules.  Contacts suppliers and initiates corrective actions as required.  Introduces and implements JIT techniques to manufacturing in support of business objectives. 
  • Participates in continuous improvement processes, individually and with teams, and champions projects to improve cost, quality, and delivery.  Researches and recommends current material control management practices and implements appropriate changes as necessary.
  • Performs other duties as required.  Serves as the Supply Chain Department representative on new program teams and reports changes to affected work team members.  May supervise and/or provide work direction to other staff.
  • Performs all work in compliance with Magna and Magna Engineered Glass Health, Safety and  Environmental policies and procedures as well as all federal, State and local laws; promptly report any hazardous condition or workplace injury to immediate supervisor or EHS designate.

Additional Information


  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field and one year experience in materials or related field; or combined equivalent of education and experience.  Experience in the automotive industry preferred.
  • Demonstrated strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills in order to perform job duties in an appropriate manner.
  • Demonstrated high degree of problem solving ability.  Ability to independently analyze data and determine appropriate course of action.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills with the ability to work well under pressure and changing priorities.

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Nearest Major Market: Grand Rapids

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