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Material Planner

at Flex-N-Gate

Posted: 10/21/2020
Job Reference #: 6082

Job Description

Job LocationsUS-MI-Grand Rapids
Posted Date2 months ago(8/26/2020 7:29 AM)
# of Openings
Ventra Grand Rapids 5, LLC


Flex-N-Gate is a leading manufacturer and supplier of components for the automotive industry, recently ranked 10th of the 150 Top North American Suppliers in “Automotive News.” A growing and vital company, Flex-N-Gate provides a great opportunity for hard-working and skilled individuals.

Scope of the Position

Supports the facility production effort by using the MAPICS ERP system capabilities to evaluate inventory, generating supplier schedules and releases for components and raw materials necessary to satisfy the master production schedules using the MAPICS ERP system capabilities and EDI systems.


Evaluates the demands for component parts and raw material against current inventory status and, using Material Requirements Planning (MRP), establishes supplier releases against blanket purchase orders to identify need for components or materials to the supplier;.

Evaluates stock counts against the master schedule to insure that all required inventory is on hand.

Communicates the need for facility-controlled logistics needs to the appropriate staff or contracted logistics group for both standardized and expedited transit.

Acts as primary contact between the facility and the supplier in all matters of scheduling and delivery, as well as day-to-day operating issues.

Maintains accurate release data in the facility’s Purchasing system that considers the lead time requirements of the supplier as well as customer/schedule demand.

Transmits release data to suppliers on a weekly basis at a minimum.

Monitors and communicates to management relevant supplier performance.

Works with plant and/or corporate personnel to determine the appropriate shipment amounts.

Monitors engineering level changes to ensure that inventory obsolescence is minimized.

Acts as an agent of corrective action for all related processes.

Executes release and supplier communications in accordance with the procedures and instructions called out in the applicable facility standards (ISO 14001, TS 16949, MMOG LE).

Participates actively in established or occasionally formed teams or meetings when the work conducted therein impacts the effective execution of the schedule or otherwise pertains to the commodities scheduled under their direction and control.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


2 or more years of related experience in a manufacturing environment, with responsibility for materials or planning and inventory functions;


Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business correspondence and reports. Ability to write reports and business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public. All such fluency should be demonstrated in the native language of the specific facility.


Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, ratios, percentages, and proportions to practical situations.


Ability to execute simple or complex Excel spreadsheets. Ability to create and format documents using MS Word. MAPICS ERP system experience is preferred.


• Medical, dental, prescription, vision, life and disability insurance; and a flexible spending account
• 401(k) retirement savings plan with company match
• Extensive safety training, new hire orientation, continuous learning and development programs and tuition reimbursement
• Paid holidays and vacation time

What do our employees have to say?
“It engages you professionally, and provides learning opportunities.”
“Lots of growth opportunity.”
“The company’s young enough to be exciting, but old enough to be stable.”
Not just a job—a great place to work!

Flex-N-Gate is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled.

Application Instructions

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