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Material Planner


The French's Food Company, a subsidiary of McCormick & Company, Inc. and a global leader in flavor is seeking a full-time Material Planner for the plant located in Springfield, MO. This person will report to the Team Manager.


With more than $500 million in annual sales, our company has been crafting trusted foods using simple ingredients of the highest quality.  From French's Classic Yellow Mustard, long America's top-selling mustard, to its most recent innovations, such as French's Ketchup, the company has a history rich with delicious creations made from what today would be considered “clean, simple ingredients.”  To learn more please visit us at


Under the direction of the Department Manager – Materials Management, this position is responsible for preparing and executing cost effective material plans.  The Material Planner II orders materials in accordance with manufacturing and sales requirements and initiates and co-ordinate action plans to manage materials shortages.  In addition, this role ensures re-order points and safety stock parameters are regularly reviewed and maintained in accordance with lead times and Q.C. requirements, as well as, meet customer service and ensures inventory targets are within agreed cost constraints.   



  • Prepare plans and call-off materials from approved suppliers and 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.
  • Import material from other countries and comply with import documentation required.
  • Project Management for continuous improvement
  • 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



  • BS in Business or a related subject. 
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a planning or purchasing role, specifically within materials / inventory management
  • Past exposure to planning using MRP and other systems (SAP preferred)
  • 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
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well as part of a cross functional team
  • Competent written and oral communication skills, including ability to give effective presentations
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours to support the needs of a multi shift operation
  • Willingness to relocate for future assignments



  • APICS certification.
  • Experience in the food manufacturing industry
  • Experience working in a High Performance Work Systems (HPWS) and/or Self Directed Work Team environment
  • Experience working in a TPM environment

French's 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, French's 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: Springfield