Cummins Inc. Materials Planner in Johannesburg, South Africa

Materials Planner


Responsible for the overall planning and purchasing of direct raw material for the plant and management of the plant’s inventory value.

To plan and maintain daily Supply Chain operations in one or more functional areas such as materials, production, inventory, logistics, customer service, demand management or order fulfilment. Ensures internal and external customers' expectations and requirements are met.

  • Develop planning system strategies to improve signals across the supply chain

  • Adjust/optimise and manage the parameters in the material planning system.

  • Utilise the Material Requirements Planning system (MRP), IQR ,Oracle R12 and other reporting tools that are in place and ensure that data is accurate and up to date and resolve any issues as required

  • Forecasting Material Requirements and communicate the forecast to suppliers

  • Schedule the supply of materials/components to meet production requirements and minimum safety stock levels

  • Understand and manage risks to minimise impact on production schedule

  • Take follow up actions in relation to material shortages that affect production

  • Finalizing and Placing Purchase Orders for the required Material.

  • Communicating with freightforwarders to finalize Sea freight shipment once availability confirmed by Supplier

  • Distributing Documents to Forwarder for Clearing Material.Use common processes tools, and information systems.

  • Receiving and coordinating documents to Finance for payment of import VAT and indirect purchases.

  • Analyse and interpret Key Performance Indicators to identify areas for improvement and action plans.

  • Execute the daily operational planning process within a specified functional area.

  • Identify potential supply chain failures as part of the planning process and mitigate associated risks

  • Work closely with stakeholders - internal and/or external to develop short/long term tactical improvements.

  • Use the planning system to drive consistent planning signals across the supply chain

  • Participate in functional process improvement teams

  • Monitor the integrity of Bill of Materials (BOM) and manage inventory accuracy

  • Monitor inventory levels against agreed target levels

  • Updated Requirement Forecast needs to be forwarded to the Suppliers on a monthly Basis to manage VMI process.

  • Indicate the volumes required and the date that the material needs to be on site.

  • Analyze excess and obsolesce inventory on a month to month basis.

  • Support inventory checks to validate inventory accuracy

  • Minimise obsolete stock and ensure business is left with minimum liability

  • Create regular statistical reports and analysis and update others in the organization

  • Support inventory checks to validate inventory accuracy

  • Minimise obsolete stock and ensure business is left with minimum liability

  • Create regular statistical reports and analysis and update others in the organization


  • Matric

  • Diploma/Degree in Purchase/Supply Chain Management

  • B.S or B.A in applicable field


  • At least 3-5 equivalent work experience in a supply chain/purchasing role.

  • Previous experience of materials planning ideally in the automotive or manufacturing environment (advantage).

  • Strong IT systems knowledge and skills including advanced Excel skills ,MS Word ,Power Point

  • Knowledge and experience of using MRP (Material Requirements Planning) systems or similar

  • Knowledge of lean techniques may be advantageous

  • Knowledge of materials management theories, processes and practices.

  • Highly effective and professional verbal and written communication skills with team, internal customers and suppliers that includes a strong focus on teamwork and internal/external customer satisfaction.

  • Exhibit & encourage sense of urgency.

  • Strong analytical, conceptual, and negotiation skills

Meet all requirements as set in the Basic cluster.

Declared competent in a specified role - mastery of full scope of position.

Functions independently in terms of day to day works

Can give guidance / assistance to other colleagues regarding processes, tasks, policies and directives.

Can identify and interpret elements and their relationship without supervision / assistance.

Superior's functional input only required as a sounding board for tasks on hand - completes tasks without constant superior intention.

Identify, analyze and interpret information and/ or situations and make usable / workable recommendations.

Good understanding of a bigger scenario.

Fully accountable and functions independently.

Accredited, Certified, authorized, etc. for the performance of tasks of own duties.

Performs outputs of a single function and additional projects or abnormal circumstances well.

Pro-active in development of own role / function.

Recognized as a credible in own function / role

Recognized advisor in own function / role.

Good theoretical and / or exposure in own role.

Can competently represent a function or discipline.

Good understanding of customer base and requirements.

Can develop short and medium term plans

At Cummins, we are an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive environment where the diversity of our workforce strengthens our ability to deliver world class products and services to our customers . Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, color, disability, national origin, age, religion, union affiliation, citizenship, gender identity and/or expression, or other status protected by law. Cummins welcomes applicants with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodation to enable individuals to apply and compete for employment opportunities for which they are qualified. We are committed to fostering a flexible environment that supports the balanced integration of an employee’s professional and personal responsibilities and goals.


Primary Location South Africa-Gauteng-Johannesburg-South Africa, Johannesburg, Waterfall Park

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Office

Job Posting Aug 17, 2018, 9:02:50 AM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 180005D6