Materials Planner

Department:  Operations
Date:  Nov 20, 2022

This is an exciting opportunity for a Materials Planner to join a leading agricultural sciences company.


About Us

FMC is an agricultural sciences company that advances farming through innovative and sustainable crop protection technologies. From our industry leading discovery pipeline, to unique application systems, to modern biological products, we are passionate about bringing new solutions to farmers around the world. For more than 130 years, FMC has been rooted in agriculture and innovation.


FMC is a globally diverse organization that offers its employees exciting opportunities to work on challenging projects that are important to the achievement of our strategic objectives. Your education and professional experience are valued and brought into use from day one. Your success at completing key initiatives can result in a varied, progressive and fulfilling career with FMC.


Our six Core Values define who we are and how we do business: Integrity, Safety, Sustainability, Respect for People, Agility and Customer Centricity. Collectively, these values guide us as individuals and as a team of 6,500 people around the world.


With a corporate culture of innovation, integrity, responsibility and customer intimacy, we foster “The Right Chemistry” in everything we do. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, our processes, and our markets.  If you are ready to make a difference every day, FMC is ready to talk to you.


About the Role

The Materials Planner is accountable for securing materials at the local plant level, including tollers, to support the Master Production Schedule respecting vendor and delivery lead times. This role interfaces closely with the Detailed Scheduler who maintains manufacturing/plant production resource scheduling for the 1-2 weeks horizon. 


Once the feasible Supply Plan has been approved by Supply in Integrated Business Planning (IBP), planned purchases and stock transfers are passed to S4.  A Materials Planner:

  • Converts a Purchase Requisition to a Purchase Order against an outline agreement or creates a purchase requisition
  • Converts Planned Stock Transfer Requisitions to Stock Transfer Orders
  • Reviews Material Requirements Planning (MRP) and verifies packaging materials needs according to detailed production schedule
  • Secures materials at the local plant level, including tollers, to support the Master Production Schedule respecting vendor and delivery lead times
  • Communicates with suppliers to expedite on time deliveries
  • Maintains close communication with Master Scheduler to review any changes on the schedule or escalate issues as required
  • Coordinates with Regulatory and Master Scheduler required packaging / label changes
  • Communicates with Manufacturing to resolve production issues or delays / quality issues on raw/packaging materials
  • Administrates materials inventory and works closely with Master Scheduler, Detailed Scheduler and Procurement to minimize the risk of expired materials, and to facilitate materials phase-out or write-off as required
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned by your manager


About You

We imagine that you have:

  • Bachelors in Logistics, Supply Chain or Business Management
  • Advanced Supply Chain or Project Management Certification preferred (CSCP, CPIM, CPM)
  • 5+ years of experience in multiple areas that would include time spent in functional supply chain role as well as manufacturing, procurement, finance or another business function in a multi-national environment
  • High level proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • ERP experience is required (SAP preferred)
  • Direct experience in a planning role along with advanced planning system experience required
  • Experience in manufacturing industries is preferred
  • Understanding functional supply chain elements is required, including production operations, procurement, production planning and scheduling, inventory management, distribution, and customer
  • Manages work using data and metrics. Owns and utilizes KPIs to manage process and drive improvement, including ensuring valid planning metric feedback is delivered every cycle to stakeholders
  • Ability to facilitate meetings with appropriate stakeholders, such as manufacturing, procurement and/other planning members
  • Ability to act as the local focal point for knowledge to manage questions from cross-functional stakeholders about the current schedule
  • Ability to periodically review supply restrictions, and facilitate discussion with stakeholders to identify options for improvement
  • Ability to support and/or lead small scale projects or initiatives
  • Strong written and verbal communication capabilities
  • Demonstrates results through a proactive nature


What We Offer

  • Exciting opportunities to learn and grow within a dynamic, results-focused and growth-oriented international business where your education and professional experience are valued and put to use from day one
  • A diverse and inclusive work environment where you can bring your whole self to work
  • Competitive salary and benefits package


See Yourself in FMC, Be Yourself in FMC: We strive to be an inclusive workplace where our employees reflect the community, are valued, find purpose in their work, and grow and contribute to their fullest potential. FMC is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.