Production Materials Planner

Materials Control


As the number one manufacturer of indoor air quality products, we know that smart, accomplished people are the reason for our success. It is because of those team members that we’ve been providing the best indoor air quality products to our customers for over 79 years. To create the best, we need to be the best and that’s Aprilaire®, a Division of Research Products Corporation® has been designated by InBusiness magazine as one of Madison's Best Companies to Work For and why we are a Worksite Superstar Award Winner and a Bicycle Friendly Business.

Aprilaire is growing and promoting and that's why the position of Production Materials Planner is available.  If you have experience in scheduling and materials and a desire to contribute to a growth-oriented organization, get in touch with us today!


Read on to check out the details of the position and why Aprilaire is a terrific company to work for.


In the role of Production Materials Planner, you will work with cross-functional teams to ensure manufacturing and production runs smoothly and efficiently.  In addition, actively participate on teams to develop and implement new and improved products.


Your high attention to detail and energy to accomplish tasks to meet deadlines will be useful when you:

  • Prepare and maintain monthly and weekly production schedules using information gathered from multiple sources to drive daily and weekly materials to satisfy sales forecasts, inventory targets and labor plans.
  • Procure components to satisfy production schedules.
  • Actively work to define, analyze, enhance, and manage finished, raw, and work in process inventory targets.
  • Have total responsibility for developing, analyzing, and implementing labor, utilization, space, and inventory plans product lines with greatest value to the organization requiring advanced analysis.
  • Proactively manage development of production staff levels and capacity reporting.  Collaborate with the production supervisors to achieve optimal staffing requirements by production line.
  • Analyze, prepare, and maintain manufacturing and purchase orders.
  • Establish and maintain system codes, part master control data, safety stocks, reorder point data and automated purchasing system data.
  • Analyze MRP and inventory movement reports ensuring availability of materials to support manufacturing and customer delivery requirements.
  • Participate in the enhancement of manufacturing information systems and MRP by implementing procurement analytics tools and E-procurement processes.
  • Manage procurement relationships with suppliers.
  • Manage suppliers to resolve supply issues due to quality.
  • Manage supplier delivery and customer service performance reporting.
  • Monitor late order report and take corrective action.
  • Implement product change orders.
  • Maintain Kanban data base for raw materials and finished stock and provide opportunity for expansion.
  • Support Lean manufacturing initiatives.
  • Provide opportunities for cost and inventory savings and drive to completion.
  • Interact with manufacturing, sales, engineering and accounting personnel.
  • Prepare monthly reports, status reports and graphs.
  • Provide training and direction to less experienced staff.
  • Identify opportunities for process improvements in Procurement and manage through implementation.


What special qualifications will you bring to this position?  The following knowledge, skills, and abilities will serve beneficial to you in being successful in the Production Materials Planner position. 

  • Bachelor's degree in Operations Management and 5+ years of progressive experience in production, labor, inventory, space, and procurement planning for a multi-plant environment, including systems and technical expertise utilizing ERP/MRP software or a combination of education and experience. 
  • Experience in driving inventory turn improvements, capacity management, and process improvements. 
  • Deep understanding of manufacturing systems, their development and application, including analysis and interpretation of MRP reports, purchase orders and production schedules.
  • APICS Certification highly desirable. 
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems to provide the necessary materials to the plants in a timely manner. 
  • Strong ability to analyze data and draw conclusions.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to take initiative, make independent judgments/decisions.
  • Ability to take leadership roles; set objectives; drive results; team player; strong leader.
  • Strong math aptitude.
  • Good organization skills and attention to details and accuracy.
  • Ability to respond to changing priorities.
  • Ability to coordinate and handle multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Computer knowledge with Word and proficient Excel skills essential.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment.


Pre-employment, post offer drug and background screen are required for all positions.



We offer a rewarding career with growth potential, the ability to make a difference in both your work and community, and the opportunity to work with a fantastic team. Our Competitive Salary and Outstanding Benefits Package includes:

  • Platinum Rated Health Insurance Plan (The Company covers 80% cost of the premium with a low annual deductible.)
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program (On-site Health Educator, Fitness Programs, Biking Initiatives Including Indoor Bike Parking, On-site Farm Delivery of Organic Produce, and much more!)
  • 401k with Company Matching
  • Profit Sharing - 6% in 2017
  • Vacation & Holiday Pay
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Basic Life Insurance (Employer Paid)
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Short-Term & Long-Term Disability (Employer Paid)
  • Tuition Assistance
  • And much, much more! 


Apply online with your resume. Online applicants only please.  www.aprilaire.com/jobs



Aprilaire, a Division of Research Product Corporation

1015 East Washington Avenue

P.O. Box 1467

Madison, WI 53701-1467



Applicants have rights under federal and state employment laws:

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)  En Español

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)  En Español

Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (WFMLA)  En Español

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)  En Español


Aprilaire is an E-Verify company.




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