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Materials Planner

Date: Sep 20, 2021

Location: McBEE, SC, US, 29101

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

McBee, South Carolina, is home to A. O. Smith’s Engineering and Manufacturing teams for our Commercial Water Heaters and Boilers, a category where we are the industry leader with over 50% market share.  This plant has 450+ employees in a 800,000+ sq ft building.  This location has earned the Lloyd B. Smith President’s Safety Award more times than any other plant in our organization and has received an Excellence in Safety Award from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce for the fifth consecutive year.


The material planning for our commercial water heaters and boilers involves over 7,000 SKUs and 12,000 purchased parts.  Particular products can include components with more than 25 subcomponents, and products that have over 250 components in total.   

Primary Function

As part of the Materials team, the Materials Planner will be responsible for all aspects of the raw material planning process in a lean manufacturing environment.   The Materials Planner will communicate with suppliers and internal customers to ensure all raw material needs to support production requirements.  The Materials Planner will also ensure customer order delivery commitments are met while achieving company cost, lead time, and inventory reduction goals.


  • Analyze MRP and forecast data, monitor generation and transmission of purchase orders, and maintain master data to meet production needs with minimal inventory investment.
  • Create and monitor supply plans (SIOP) to identify changes and to determine their effect on material requirements schedules.
  • Collaborate with Demand Planning team when deviations in forecast are encountered
  • Work closely with operations and finished goods planning teams to ensure proper coverage and accurate schedules.
  • Align with critical suppliers on availability and key risks and constraints on short and midterm
  • May plan materials across multiple sites/business units based on overall centralization initiatives
  • Analyze and eliminate slow-moving and obsolete inventory.
  • Reviews Engineering Change Notices and takes necessary actions to manage product transitions while minimizing obsolescence.
  • Communicates company requirements to suppliers as well as internal customers.
  • Coordinates material shipments with internal and external logistics services.
  • Identifies and develops improved material supply processes to support lean initiatives.
  • May supervise less experienced planners in their activities


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent years of experience
  • 5+ years related work experience
  • Requires in-depth knowledge of ERP planning systems, BOM structure, manufacturing processes, product knowledge, material systems and the ability to read and interpret part drawings etc.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills required
  • Successful candidate must be able to communicate and collaborate effectively with all levels and across departments
  • APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) preferred but not required

We Offer

Great people make our organization great and because of that, we offer an onsite fitness center, onsite cafeteria and micro market, a competitive compensation package (base and bonus) and comprehensive benefits plans which include medical and dental insurance, company sponsored life insurance, 401k plan with company match plus year-end company contribution, short and long term disability programs, tuition assistance, and training and development options.

Nearest Major Market: Columbia
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

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