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Materials Planner

Supply Chain Management

Materials Planner

Reporting to the Materials Manager, the successful incumbent will be planning commodity inbound materials. Commodity materials will include local, mostly off-the-shelf materials. This includes, but is not limited to the raw materials to production (e.g., fibre-glass, foam), as well as the consumables used in the production process. It would also include other materials that is required for the general function of the business.


  • Demand Planning
    • Update materials consumption forecast
    • Update supplier forecast and shared with procurement monthly
    • Forecast the trends in material consumption to provide input to MRP
  • Inventory management  
    • Review and update appropriate inventory parameters such as safety stocks, cycle stocks, lead times and re-order levels are in place and uploaded to SysPro
    • Ensure MRP parameters are up to date and reflects current inventory management strategies
    • Monitor and advise on bill of material accuracy.
  • Materials Requirements Planning (MRP)
    • Adhere to the planning processes to support best practise MRP processes
    • Implement corrective actions to minimise Airfreight orders
    • Planning to support processes to avoid excess or obsolescent stock
    • Prepare purchase requisitions before sending to Planning manager for high-level review and approval
    • Identify purchase orders for expediting / de-expediting and send to Buyers to action. Escalate to Planning manager where action by the Buyers is not forthcoming
    • Identify short term material shortages issues and communicate to the appropriate department to action. Escalate to the Planning manager where action is not being taken timeously to address these shortages
  • Reporting for commodity materials
    • Projected Materials Working Capital Requirements
    • Projected Material Shortages
    • Projected Excess Stock
    • Short Term Material Risks
  • Continues Improvement on commodity materials
    • Identify Supply Risks
    • Identify High Risk Suppliers
    • Recommend Items for Localisation
    • Implement new measurements to drive improvements
    • Align with Procurement, Production, Design and Warehousing to Improve Demand Signal
    • Contribute to departmental improvement projects and strategies


  • Minimum Qualifications: Degree/Btech (NQF7) qualification in Supply Chain Management or relevant.
  • Experience:
    • 2 – 3 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment in supply chain.
    • 2 – 3 years’ experience in inbound materials planning
  • Materials planning specialist knowledge (working with 4000 plus SKUs)
  • Manufacturing Operations knowledge
  • Warehouse & logistics knowledge would be advantageous
  • Experience and knowledge in technical procurement is preferred


  • MRP systems (SysPro preferred)
  • Experience with Syspro will be advantageous
  • Excellent working knowledge in MS Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc).
  • Strong Analytical Capability
  • Adherence to the standards, values and rules of conduct associated with one’s position and the culture in which one operates. Being incorruptible.
  • Being accountable and passing on accountability for one’s own actions and those of team members and the organization.
  • Have the ability to recognize and create opportunities and to act accordingly
  • The ability to detect problems, recognize important information, and link various data; to trace potential causes and look for relevant details.
25th Jul 2022
Elga Louw
Supply Chain Management

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Should you meet the above criteria and wish to apply for this position, you can send your CV to the Human resource officer, Elga Louw by no later than 06 Aug 2022. Please ensure you give motivation as to why you believe you are suitable for this position.

Kindly note, if no feedback is received within 4 weeks from the closing date; the applicant can then accept that their application has been unsuccessful. Unsuccessful candidates who attended an interview will be informed in writing of the reason as to why they have been unsuccessful.