Material Planner in Cedar Rapids, IA at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 2/21/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Employee Type:

Full time


IA Cedar Rapids

Job Type:

Supply Chain Planning

Job Posting Title:

Material Planner

Job Description:


Responsible for the planning and procurement of components to meet production requirements.  Manages inventory, develops target quantities, and minimizes total inventory expense while meeting required finished part service goals.  Replenishment and floor stocking programs with suppliers and support the Procurement Managers in their supplier optimization, quality improvement and cost reduction initiatives.

Essential Job Functions: (To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned.) 

  • Execute MRP for materials and issue purchase orders to ensure material availability for Operations
  • Orders Ingredient and packaging materials for Co-packers
  • Reviews production schedules needs against inventory levels and storage capacity in order to plan inbound bulk materials to meet operational needs
  • Expedites with suppliers or explore alternative solutions to mitigate any know material shortages
  • Communicates any known or potential material shortages delays or issues, while also working to develop solutions with suppliers and internal resources.
  • Maintains files such as inbound receiving records and delivery performance reporting in order to identify trends and seek opportunities for improvement in overall service
  • Records complaints and takes action to resolve, as needed, should quality or delivery failures occur
  • Requests credits, and disposition of ingredients and packaging materials the QA puts on hold.
  • Manages transition of components related to reformulations, redesigns, new product introductions, and item discontinuation.  Manage material and packaging liabilities through Network optimization to reduce risk of DDD.
  • Interacts with R&D, Procurement, Scheduling, Sales Planning, Suppliers, and Category Planners to plan and execute smooth transition plans, look for continuous improvement processes involving ingredient/packaging consolidation and alignment within Treehouse Network.
  • Maintains target inventory levels by monitoring inventory levels and appropriately recommends cost-reducing inventory actions to management
  • Support Corporate Procurement Managers in the implementation of any Divisional or Plant Cost Savings initiatives
  • Review and assist to resolve invoicing discrepancies in SAP via either MRBR or VIM
  • Monitor ingredient/packaging materials for liability related to expiration/discontinuation of items to limit DDD.
  • Preforms other duties as assigned


  • Required:  High School with 2 to 6 years’ experience, or Associate’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Purchasing, or related degree; Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Competency in English language (read, write, speak); excellent written, oral, and listening skills.
  • Strong computer skills including knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Office and SAP/ERP experience.
  • Strong analytical skills and a demonstrated ability to make decisions with imperfect information, coupled with the ability to develop and adhere to strong processes
  • Self-starter with flexibility to meet challenging priorities
  • Possess a positive and proactive approach to problems and opportunities.
  • Good verbal & written communication and presentations skills, with the ability to effectively communicate to various levels of the organization

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive.  They represent typical elements and criteria considered necessary to perform the job successfully.  The Company recognizes that an individual with a disability may require an accommodation to enable him/her to successfully perform a job function.  Consideration will be given to reasonable accommodations.

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.


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