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Materials Planner

Location: Samut Prakan, Thailand
Job ID: R0040242
Date Posted: Jan 8, 2024
Segment: Green Energy & Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Energy
Profession (Job Category): Customer Service & Contact Center Operations
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Mission statement:


Responsible for end-to-end planning of inventory from purchase requisition to customer invoice. Support internal customer service inquiries. Sets inventory parameters, manages inventory targets and ensure adequate replenishment of inventory through purchase orders.


Yours responsibilities: 

  • You will manage and review frequently critical and strategic materials, share information towards the operational purchasers as well as towards the category managers, manage engineering changes that affect material requirements and relevant material master data for MRP run. Review and validate the MRP result.

  • You will Review sourcing constraints in terms of material availability, create and agree on forecasts of critical materials considering input from sales, collaborate with Category Managers in case of significant volume changes and shifts and decide in alignment with Category Manager on operational make or buy decisions on missing volumes. You will define and revise stock level strategies, segment the portfolio of materials through an ABC/XYZ analysis, product lifecycle management and commercial policy and define inventory policies according to segmentation.

  • You will Participate in the Sales & Operations Planning meetings and contributes to the process by creating inventory forecast for critical materials & suppliers, review forecasts with suppliers in comparison with the Sales & Operations Plan, collect feasibility confirmations and provide input to the Sales & Operations Planning meetings. You will contact the Category Managers in case of significant volume shift compared to the budget / supplier allocation plan and calculate and maintain in the planning systems and the ERPs the inventory parameters: safety stock, reorder point, and replenishment strategies and update ERP according to the agreed & approved inventory policy.

  • ·You will challenge price, incoterms, lot size, lead time, quality, and provide input to Category Managers, collaborate for obtaining the best possible supplier performance and with Operational Purchasers and CSS to align delivery of material with call offs and ensure that purchase requisitions can be converted on time into purchase orders and open orders followed-up.

  • You will manage MRP (Materials Resource Planning) exception messages frequently, support cycle counting and/or year-end inventory counting, conduct financial risk assessments decisions relating to inventory, root case analysis when necessary. You will analyze slow moving, excess & obsolete inventory, leftovers in WIP, take appropriate action for optimizing inventory level, in collaboration with sales, marketing, manufacturing and SCM and analyze component and product commonalities, discuss with engineering and product management and make proposals on combinations.

  • You will oversee supplier performance (on time delivery, quality, lead time), and resolve performance issues, propose improvement actions to Category Managers on supplier flexibility or dual sourcing, get involved in supplier inventory policy setup to optimize internal material flow. You will manage new project specific material and data requests. Contact the responsible Category Manager or Factory SCM to request quotation on price, lead time and other terms and conditions and manage CSS interfaces and keep ownership on ensuring processes and link between local factories and CSS are aligned and working.

  • Living Hitachi Energy's core values of safety and integrity, which means taking responsibility for your own actions while caring for your colleagues and the business.


Your background: 

  • A bachelor’s degree in industrial / production engineering or similar field.

  • More than 2 years of experience in Operations/Material control.

  • Proficiency in MS Excel, MS Access, MS Projects and SAP.

  • Strong commitment to safe work practices and dedication to following all relevant workplace safety guidelines.

  • A high level of self-motivation, curiosity and desire to learn about new technologies.

  • A collaborative, solutions-oriented approach and strong communication skills.

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