Business:  Kalmar
Job Function:  Sourcing

Ottawa, KS, US

Material Planner

Kalmar keeps global trade moving. Our innovative solutions contribute to every fourth container movement in the world and help transform the future of cargo handling. We believe in collaboration, delivering on our promises and that people make the difference.

Purpose of the position



Location: On-site in Ottawa, KS.


This position is responsible for daily supply chain management activities including: forecast integration, demand management, supply planning, inventory management and scheduling for assigned commodities and/or components as well as the flow of goods between assigned plants. 

The purpose of this position is to optimize the planning of the supply chain for manufacturing in order to meet OTD while optimizing inventory levels.
The Material Planner will take the lead in communicating product availability in response to customer requirements for assigned products.  


Main tasks and responsibilities

•    Monitors actual and forecasted consumption of materials and orders replenishment stock.
•    Manage timely and efficient processing of purchase orders.  Monitor the status of open purchase orders including delivery and quality issues that may affect status.
•    Review and evaluate safety stock levels, minimum order quantities, supplier and QA lead times on a regular basis to identify continuous improvement opportunities         including but not limited to inventory reductions.
•    Manage the replacement of rejected/non-conforming material through the NCR process.
•    Maintain and input material master data into planning systems.
•    Resolves material issues as they pertain to quality and production through close cooperation with Strategic Purchasing, QA, and Engineering.
•    Tracks and reports vendor supply issues to Strategic Purchasing.
•    Maintains knowledge of suppliers’ operations and capabilities.
•    Maintains complete and current knowledge of all material requirements and issues affecting product availability.

What you’ll need to succeed


•    Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Logistics, Business Administration
•    2+ years of experience in planning with in-depth knowledge of MRP system and inventory management, preferably with an OEM or tier 1 supplier environment. 
•    Should possess a technical aptitude for heavy equipment parts; some knowledge of engineering is a plus.
•    A "Can Do" attitude and sense of urgency, ability to prioritize and follow through is required to meet deadlines and to impact our overall performance.
•    Ability to listen, communicates clearly, and works well with others
•    Understanding of Bill of Materials or product structuring preferred. 

•    Subject Matter Expert:  Strong knowledge of production supply chain principles.
•    Communication: Strong influencing, negotiation, interpersonal, and communications skills.
•    Problem Solving: Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
•    Computer Skills: Proficient in the use of Microsoft office suite software including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and MS Project.  Knowledge of Google suite software. 
•    Lingual Skills: Foreign language comprehension and experience working with suppliers in Europe, SA and ASIA is a major plus. 
•    APICS certification preferred.

You will be part of

Kalmar currently employs more than 4,800 professionals worldwide. One of our most important values is:
We do it together. We value team skills, as well as innovativeness, customer orientation, and a willingness
to commit to continuous improvement. We work closely with our customers and partners - across language, cultural, 
and professional borders. We see diversity as a common strength and valuable resource for Kalmar’s future.

Interested to join?

Please submit your resume/CV to be considered!