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Buyer/Material Planner


Niles, IL, US, 60714

Req ID:  24682

Rich’s has been able to pull off something rare in the business world: a culture that successfully blends the latest business practices with family values.  That means our associates are able to work for a great company while also benefiting from a work environment that fosters world class professionalism combined with family intimacy.  Our benefit offerings are reflective of this unique blend of Life, Work and Family .


The Buyer - Materials Planner will maximize customer service and production efficiency through effective management of the production procurement, and raw materials management process for the assigned facilities, while focusing efforts on productivity, efficiency, and lowest total delivered cost.

  • Optimize working capital costs of raw materials, conversion, and finished goods while achieving desired customer service objectives in support of supply chain initiatives, S&OP Process and company profitability plans.
  • Maintains standard cost data for all materials, and work with controller to as required.
  • Analyzes and communicates inventory variances to Materials Manager, Controller, and Category Planning Manager in a timely fashion.
  • Analyze and review manufacturing run sizes and communicate opportunities to improve the balance of cost and service among raw materials, conversion, and finished good costs.
  • Participates in and supports Plant Management efforts for improvements to plant efficiency and labor management.
  • Applies inventory management tools and techniques for the calculation of raw material safety stocks and re-order quantities.
  • Maintains documentation of raw material and packaging products, suppliers, safety stock strategies.
  • Ensures Raw Material strategies are aligned with conversion and finished goods inventory strategies.
  • Maintains open communication and effective working relationships with all related plants and corporate departments: Accounting, QA, Production, Planning, Customer Service, etc.
  • Maintains a thorough understanding of all products manufactured by the plant and production processes utilized.
  • Provides input and recommendations to Global Procurement for the selections and management of suppliers.
  • Works with suppliers to ensure they are prepared to meet the short, medium, and long term requirements of the plant.
  • Each position required to manage the raw material planning process for 1 plant facility that averages $4-10 Million inventory investment and accounts for average of $50 Million in conversion cost.
  • Procures and manages inventory investment for assigned raw materials.
  • Serves as back-up to Master Production Scheduler and maintains capability and knowledge to operate all planning and transactional systems supported by Master Production Scheduler.
  • Maintains commitment to personal development plan and participates in all job specific training.
  • Reviews age of all raw materials and takes appropriate action to work to minimize spoilage exposure associated with Raw Materials.
  • Responsible for calculating, publishing, and communicating material related metrics.
  • Responsible for keeping plant and planning teams aware of performance and opportunities.
  • Bachelor's degree required. Major in Business or Logistics preferred
  • 3-5 years of planning experience
  • 2-3 years of experience in a logistics function preferred
  • APICS Certification or matriculation towards certification is preferred
  • Statistical and spreadsheet analytical skills. Proficiency with Excel and Access.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing, distribution, and customer service
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills


Rich Products Corporation, its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Rich’s”), are committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law. The information collected by this application is solely to determine suitability for employment, verify identity, and maintain employment statistics on applicants.


Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Rich’s. Please contact Rich’s Human Resources department if you need assistance completing this application or to otherwise participate in the application process.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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