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Material Planner

Date: Nov 19, 2021

Location: Nashville, TN, US, 37228

Company: A. O. Smith Corporation

Company / Location Information

Water technology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. As a leading global water technology company, A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE: AOS) is at the center of the trend. We are a $3 billion company with over 140 years of history and 15,000+ employees. Our emphasis is on hot water and clean water; we are one of the world’s largest manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment as well as a supplier of water purification products in a number of emerging countries.

With manufacturing operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, India, and Europe, we have the reach to serve customers worldwide.


A.O. Smith is committed to continuous improvement and maintaining a culture that values and respects our employees. When you join our team, you will receive rewards and recognition for your contributions, training and professional development opportunities, as well as a variety of benefits to support you and your family's health, well-being, and financial future. If you are inspired to learn, take risks, and succeed as a team, you can build an amazing career at A. O. Smith.

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 ensure all raw material needs to support production requirements. Ensures 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
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years related work experience
  • APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) preferred but not required.
  • 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. 

We Offer

Competitive base salary 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

Job Segment: Supply, Logistics, Demand Planner, Supply Chain, HVAC, Operations