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Sr. Material Planner

Company: Yazaki North America, Inc.
Location: Canton
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:

Yazaki is a global leader in the research, development and delivery of vehicle power and data solutions.

Yazaki works with virtually every major auto manufacturer in the world, and we've strived to maintain strategic and stable growth throughout our 83-year history. Today, we're on the lookout for energetic people with the potential to perform, as well as the ability to strengthen - and thrive in - the positive work environment we pride ourselves on.

Location: Canton , MI

The information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by the associate. It is not designed to contain, or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required for the job.


Manage inventory availability to meet customer release requirements by analyzing demand, planning and placing affiliate orders, monitoring incoming material status and initiating actions to maintain customer supply flow. Manage all extraordinary expense risk related to this activity.



  • Support Customer demand shortage through critical path reviews
  • Support Sales and Operations Planning activities with affiliate and program team
  • Support Balance out planning and coordination
  • Ensure timely response to affiliate communications
  • When necessary, provide assistance for carlines other than their own
  • Work on special projects or assignments as needed
  • Primary window to manufacturing and the customer(s) on all product delivery related issues
  • Support data collection, analysis, and corrective actions implemented for team metrics
  • Support the development and implementation of effective, efficient, and common processes, procedures, and methodologies
  • Participate in program activities toward issue resolution (i.e., root cause analysis, preventive and corrective actions development, and verification that corrective actions are effective)

Part and Inventory Management

  • Report potential obsolescence as required
  • Complete finished goods part setup in procurement system
  • Ensure customer requirements are received, analyzed and processed as expected from all sources including customer systems
  • Monitor the arrival and decide prioritization of inbound shipments with transportation department
  • Coordinate expedited orders with transportation and manufacturing affiliates as necessary
  • Determine cost responsibility of extraordinary costs and submit appropriate back up to business unit management as well as business unit extraordinary costs specialists if applicable
  • Complete appropriate S/R (shipping release) to each affiliate weekly or as required
  • Responsible to manage inventory on-hand volumes to minimize obsolescence as it relates to Program Model Year Balance Out, engineering change or service requirement
  • Ensure extraordinary expense tracking matrix are updated and maintained as required (i.e. Air Chart, etc)

Program and Affiliate Support

  • Communicate efficiently and timely with customer
  • Provide commitment timing and/or detailed support plans for delivery when required, including Root Cause analysis and/or other containment actions and documentation required by business unit and/or customer
  • Support customer Launch, Shortage, Prototype PAT, Supplier Readiness and High-Impact supplier meetings when required
  • Communicate transportation requirements such as delivery points, airfreight, expedites, hand carries, charters, etc. and associated costs in support of customer deliverables
  • Provide customer schedule and delivery information, including specific requirements (if any) to the distribution center(s)
  • Issue Fabrication authorization to manufacturing according to the build and delivery requirements for each Prototype and/or Pre-production build phase as required
  • Monitor and track status of Prototype/Pre-production builds at manufacturing through each build phase to insure customer deliverables are met
  • Work with appropriate program management and engineering to coordinate engineering change timing and review rework options when needed
  • Monitor affiliate delivery performance.
  • Complete plant loads when required.
  • Monitor YNA delivery performance to the customer
  • Review existing process and/or tools, identify gaps, and implement corrective actions and "best practices"
  • Coordinate with other functions such as Warehouse, Transportation and IT in order to improve processes including recommendations of system updates and changes in business operating procedures
  • Apply advanced knowledge of supply-chain management methodology. Warehousing, Affiliate capacity planning, Finished Goods/Component transit times and Manufacturing/Warehouse/Tooling Transfers
  • Evaluate economic impacts of supply-chain management: freight packages, cost recovery, extraordinary expense


  • Degree Requirements: Bachelor's degree Materials and Logistics Mgmt or equivalent experience required
  • Minimum of 3 years prior experience in automotive supply environment with focus on Supply Chain Management
  • Travel Requirements: Domestic and foreign travel
  • On Call Requirements: Evenings and Weekends as necessary
  • Physical Requirements: Office position - primarily sedentary. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disability to perform the essential functions

Yazaki North America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, handicap, veteran status, or other legally protected status or characteristic. Equal opportunity extends to all aspects of the employment relationship. Yazaki North America complies with federal and state equal employment opportunity laws and strives to keep the workplace free from all forms of harassment.

Keywords: Yazaki North America, Inc., Canton , Sr. Material Planner, Other , Canton, Michigan

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