Material Planner

Date: Nov 29, 2023

Location: Ashland City, TN, US, 37015

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

AOS/Ashland City, TN

We are one of the world’s leading manufacturers of water heating and water treatment technologies in the world. We are a $3.5 billion company with 140+ years history and we employ more than 12,000 individuals globally who pride themselves on providing the world with innovative water technology. We are committed to Continuous Improvement, not just in our factories or processes, but in our people.

Primary Function

Responsible for all aspects of the raw material planning process in a lean manufacturing environment including but not limited to; communication with suppliers and internal customers to insure all raw material needs to support production requirements. As well as ensure customer order delivery commitments are met while achieving company cost, lead time, and inventory reduction goals.


  • Proactively manage the inventory of the commodities for which they are responsible in a manner that minimizes inventory levels while meeting production needs. 
  • Expedites material when necessary to cover spikes in demand.
  • Analyze and eliminate slow-moving and obsolete inventory.
  • Reviews Engineering Change Notices and takes necessary actions to manage product transitions while minimizing obsolescence.
  • Analyze MRP and forecast data, generate purchase orders, and manage Kanban’s to meet production needs with minimal inventory investment.
  • Communicates company requirements to suppliers as well as internal customers.
  • Resolves issues with suppliers relative to material availability and quality.
  • Coordinates material shipments with internal and external logistics services.
  • Identifies and communicates material supply issues that may affect production schedules.
  • Identifies and develops improved material supply processes to support lean initiatives.
  • Prepare detailed production schedules in accordance with required volumes, plant capacity and materials availability.
  • Control actual figures of production and prepares schedule adjustments whenever required.
  • May supervise less experienced programmers in their activities.
  • Is able to prioritize specific customer orders and if necessary, revises production schedules.
  • Allocates manpower, equipment, materials, and machines
  • Complies records of production reports on volume, materials, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in business or engineering
  • Minimum of 5 years related work experience.
  • CPM or APICS certification preferred.  Willingness to achieve certification required.
  • Strong communication and analytical skills via written and oral
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, i.e., Word, Excel, Access, Power Point, Outlook
  • Experience with Lean Manufacturing processes

We Offer

Competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company-sponsored life insurance, retirement security savings plan, short- and long-term disability programs and tuition assistance.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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