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Material Planner

Supply Chain


Location: Ontario 

Exemption: Exempt 




Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that can be found at national and regional restaurants, hospitals and universities, movie theatres and major retailers in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries. At 15 manufacturing sites across North America, Ventura Foods creates dressings and sauces, mayonnaises, margarines, and oils that help our customers create great-tasting flavors with high-quality ingredients. Those same high-quality ingredients go into our own set of branded products, such as: Marie’s® dressings, LouAna® oils, Dean’s® dips and Gold n’ Soft® spreads. Our company is headquartered in Brea, California with operations across the U.S, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and Singapore. Regardless of your role, function or location, at Ventura Foods, you'll be part of a supportive team dedicated to helping our customers delight their customers.

Position Summary:

The material planner will plan and manage the materials replenishment process for assigned items or supply categories. This role provides leadership for the planning and execution of planning material to attain company metrics such as inventory levels and customer fill rate. This role will typically analyze changing material demand patterns, interface with vendors and oversee and improve vendor performance. This position will be responsible for analyzing DSFM generated forecasts for reasonableness and accuracy, as well as managing the introduction of new products, engineering changes and customer conversions.  

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Daily review all MRP exception messages. Ensure all required purchase orders are released, canceled, expedited and modified according the exception messages. Communicate changes of the material replenishment plan to production planners and other functional groups
  • Primary supplier contact for all day to day purchase order issues for all assigned items or supply categories including the communication and escalation of issues and supplier performance to other functional groups
  • Monitor and ensure planning strategy and goals are executed. Lead and provide support on the disposition of slow moving and obsolete materials. Ensure vendor returns are processed on time. Analyze data to provide root cause analysis and report on key performance metrics
  • Monitor and plan new material items as assigned. Ensure purchase orders are released and item attribute data is entered accurately in JDE. Provide planning related information to other functional areas during the new product introduction process. Participate in meeting and conference calls
  • Monitor and communicate any data integrity issues. Ensure all required parameters are set in JDE for assigned items or supply categories
  • Manage vendor purchase order changes, process customer order enquiries, schedule changes and cancellations, and determine, research and correct material inventory discrepancy causes
  • Responsible for following all food safety policies, procedures and regulatory criteria including the current SQF code, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and associated preventive controls
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Travel may be required
Education and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Engineering or equivalent experience
  • 5-10 years of experience in Business, Supply Chain Management, Engineering

Purchasing experience required

Knowledge and Skills:
  • CPM (Certified Purchasing Manager), CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) or CPIM (Certified Production Inventory Management) certification preferred
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and relevant JDE experience
  • Knowledge of material planning procedures, requisitions, purchase orders and planning terminology
  • Analytical problem solving capability, strong organization skills and ability to manage change effectively.  Strong interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills
  • General supply chain knowledge including planning and inventory management


Physical Demands:

Regularly requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, climbing, squatting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.  Physical strength and dexterity sufficient to perform the required task(s). Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more with assistance.  Additional demands may be required.


Work Environment:

In addition to normal business hours, work schedules may include after hours and weekends as needed.  May work outside and in adverse temperatures which include extreme hot, cold, and humidity.  May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration.  Must be willing and able to wear personal protective equipment as required by established Company Safety standards.  May require work in confined and dark spaces, and at heights in excess of 18 feet for prolonged periods of time.


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.