Material Planner


McCormick & Company, Inc., a global leader in the spice, flavor, and seasonings industry, is seeking a full-time Material Planner.  This position will work in South Bend, Indiana.  The Material Planner will report to the Department Manager. The schedule for this role is Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. 


McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor, with approximately 14,000 employees worldwide. With over $6 billion in annual sales across 160 countries and territories, we manufacture, market, and distribute spices, seasoning mixes, condiments, and other flavorful products to the entire food industry, including e-commerce, retail, food manufacturers, and food service businesses. Our most popular brands include McCormick, French's, Frank's RedHot, Stubb's, OLD BAY, Lawry's, Zatarain's, Ducros, Vahiné, Cholula, Schwartz, Kamis, DaQiao, Club House, Aeroplane, and Gourmet Garden. Every day, no matter where or what you eat or drink, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick. Our Purpose is "To Stand Together for the Future of Flavor, and our Vision is "A World United by Flavor—where healthy, sustainable, and delicious go hand in hand."


As a company recognized for its exceptional commitment to employees, McCormick offers various benefits, programs, and services. Benefits include but are not limited to tuition assistance, medical, dental, vision, disability, group life insurance, 401(k), profit sharing, paid holidays, and vacations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare plans and call-off materials from approved suppliers and other McCormick facilities, utilizing SAP MRP functionality, to meet the needs of the production plan. Highlight potential impacts to the production schedules due to material shorts / non-conformance, providing action based solutions to maintain effective production plans.
  • Manage overall inventory for a specific SKU portfolio, within agreed targets, whilst optimizing customer service and inventory targets within cost constraints, producing management reports as required.
  • Monitor and measure supplier performance including ‘Perfect Purchase Line Fulfillment’ deliveries from suppliers, to continuously improve material availability. Drive actions in accordance with Vendor Assurance and Procurement, where necessary to address non-conformance to targets.
  • Arrange the return to vendor of agreed non-conforming goods, following up appropriate documentation, to enable purchasing to track corrective action.
  • Resolve discrepancies between ordered and delivered quantities and values and confirm payment approval with accounts payable.
  • Coordinate the process and maintain accurate records of documentation needed to facilitate the seamless importing of raw materials, ensuring delivery on process audit targets.
  • Attend business reviews and participate in project team activity as required, to meet the needs of the business.
  • Ensure accurate and timely update for all relevant SLOB materials, capturing corrective actions to mitigate potential future issues, working with all relevant departments to minimize write off costs.
  • Manage the plant receiving schedule.
  • Utilize Supply Managed Inventory tool (E2Open) to enable supplier collaboration efforts.
  • Audit master data and maintain MRP settings to enable most efficient lead times and inventory levels, while ensuring service.
  • Comply with all the rules concerning Health and Safety, to ensure that all equipment is operated safely and to report any accident, injury or unsafe practice in accordance with procedures.


Required Qualifications:


  • High school diploma or equivalent with enrollment in college level business degree program in progress
  • Minimum of 2 years work experience in operations, logistics or similar manufacturing support role, minimum 1 year experience in a supply chain area specifically within materials / inventory management.

    Demonstrated computer skills, including knowledge of Excel, Word, Power Point.

    Past exposure to planning using Material Requirements Planning and other systems.
  • Assertive and tenacious, results focused

    Ability to remain calm under pressure and think outside of the box

    Customer focused and committed to building effective internal and external working relationships

    innovative, flexible and adaptable

  • Good organizational and planning skills

    Ability to work well as part of a cross functional team

    Competent written and oral communication skills, including ability to give effective presentations


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field
  • Knowledge of SAP and Access preferred


McCormick & Company is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a general policy, McCormick does not offer employment visa sponsorships upon hire or in the future. 


United by flavor. Driven by results.

As a McCormick employee you’ll be empowered to focus on more than your individual responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself—to have a say in where the company is going and how it’s growing.

Between our passion for flavor, our 130-year history of leadership and integrity, the competitive and comprehensive benefits we offer, and our culture, which is built on respect and opportunities for growth, there are many reasons to join us at McCormick.

Nearest Major Market: South Bend