Contract Manufacturing Planner

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota (Würth Industry North America)

This position is responsible for planning, scheduling, and coordinating the contract manufacturing process while meeting established quality, cost, and customer delivery requirements.


This position is responsible for planning, scheduling, and coordinating the contract manufacturing process while meeting established quality, cost, and customer delivery requirements. The contract manufacturing planner position plans and coordinates the cost-effective flow of items including item maintenance, inventory reconciliation, and margin management.


Inventory Management

  • Utilize system reports as well as experience and judgement to coordinate contract manufacturing with vendors to have available inventory to meet sales requirements
  • Submit purchase orders for services, establish priorities to meet customer orders, and resolve shipping or billing issues
  • Proactively identify product availability issues and provide supply status and shipment tracking to internal partners

Planning Parameters Maintenance

  • Ensure BOMs, routes, and packaging requirements are met and communicate changes as necessary
  • Update supplier material and service pricing to ensure accuracy
  • Maintain accurate system planning parameters per established processes, including recommending process improvements to improve efficiencies

Product Analysis and Process Improvement Opportunities

  • Optimize material costs through inventory and vendor analysis, and identify and implement cost savings initiatives surrounding product cost, transportation cost, and freight terms
  • Analyze safety stocks, manage material inventory, support demand planning, and provide backup coverage for other purchasing functions

Supplier Relationship Management

  • Provide leadership in the preparation for and/or participation in supplier negotiations
  • Execute supplier performance initiatives to improve vendor accountability
  • Resolve customer service or product quality issues and complaints by identifying root cause and ensuring appropriate actions are taken with suppliers as needed including charge backs from customers and expedited freight charges

Cross-Functional Teamwork

  • Serve as an effective liaison among other functional departments within the organization
  • Work with cross-functional partners to continuously improve forecast accuracy, demand planning efficiency and effectiveness, plant loading, and customer service
  • Drive collaboration with suppliers and internal customers



  • Bachelor’s Degree in supply chain, operations, logistics, materials management, or related field preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years directly related experience in purchasing, production planning/scheduling, or inventory management, preferably in the fastener industry
  • APICS certification (CSCP or CPIM), CPP or CPM certification preferred
  • Proficiency in MRP/ERP systems and MS-Office applications, including Excel; SAP experience a plus but not required
  • Must possess the ability to organize and prioritize tasks, work collaboratively in a cross-functional environment, and ensure timely completion of responsibilities
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to read and interpret blue prints
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Familiar with procure-to-pay cycle
  • Strong attention to detail and problem solving skills
  • Ability to frequently lift and or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/ or move up to 40 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Some travel to suppliers may be required (5%)