Materials Planner Job

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Date: Feb 12, 2024

Location: Kirkland, WA, US, 98033

Company: PACCAR

Company Information

PACCAR is a Fortune 500 company established in 1905. PACCAR Inc is recognized as a global leader in the commercial vehicle, financial, and customer service fields with internationally recognized brands such as Kenworth, Peterbilt, and DAF trucks.  PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates.  PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.

Whether you want to design the transportation technology of tomorrow, support the staff functions of a dynamic, international leader, or build our excellent products and services — you can develop the career you desire with PACCAR. Get started!


Kenworth Truck Company

Kenworth Truck Company is the manufacturer of The World’s Best® heavy and medium duty trucks. Kenworth is an industry leader in providing fuel-saving technology solutions that help increase fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. The company’s dedication to the green fleet includes aerodynamic trucks, compressed and liquefied natural gas trucks, and medium duty diesel-electric hybrids. Kenworth is the first truck manufacturer to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence award in recognition of its environmentally friendly products.

Job Functions / Responsibilities
Place orders with suppliers for production material to be used in the assembly of trucks at three manufacturing plants. Work closely with Purchasing, Engineering, Suppliers, and other functions to ensure that all material arrives at the plants according to guidelines. 

  • Determine production requirements for assigned groupings of manufactured or purchased parts.

  • Issue purchase and/or shop orders to suppliers to meet manufacturing schedules and maintain proper inventory levels.

  • Plan and coordinate introduction of new parts and reduce current inventory in conjunction with Plant/Division Engineering, Materials and Purchasing personnel, Marketing, and Assembly.

  • Negotiate delivery, expediting, or other special charges with and suppliers.

  • Serve as a focal point for Materials’ supplier management; monitor supplier quality, service, and delivery issues. Communicate issues, information, and resolution to Materials Planner at the plant(s) and/or Corporate Commodity Manager.

  • Initiate and establish EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) programs in cooperation with Materials Planners at the plants, PACCAR MIS and Kenworth suppliers. Maintain EDI working set for use by Kenworth suppliers and plant planners.

  • Negotiate packaging , sub-assembly, and program charges with suppliers.

  • Establish and improve JIT (Just-in-Time) and material flow improvement programs with Assembly, Accounting, Materials, and suppliers.

  • Review inventory levels for excess, surplus, or obsolete accumulations and initiate or recommend disposal.

  • Coordinate special projects/programs as required.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Materials, Operations, or Business with focus on Inventory Control required.

  • Industry related experience desired.

  • APICS certification in one or more of the following disciplines is desirable: CPIM, CIRM, and CSCP.

  • Experience with Kanban and “Lean Material Handling” is desirable.

  • Team player with excellent leadership, technical and communication skills.

  • Willingness to travel up to 10%


Why work for PACCAR/Kenworth?

  • Global Fortune 500 Company with a wide array of growth and development opportunities

  • Work alongside experienced goal-oriented colleagues recognized as experts in their fields

  • Support and/or design the commercial vehicles of the future with a focus on emerging technologies such as electric and autonomous trucks



As a U.S. PACCAR employee, you have a full range of benefit options including: 

  • 401k with up to a 5% company match 

  • Fully funded pension plan that provides monthly benefits after retirement 

  • Comprehensive paid time off – minimum of 10 paid vacation days (additional days are provided with additional seniority/years of service), 12 paid holidays, and sick time 

  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education 

  • Medical, dental, and vision plans for you and your family 

  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA) and health savings account (HSA) 

  • Paid short-and long-term disability programs 

  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance 

  • EAP services include wellness plans, estate planning, financial counseling and more 


Additional Job Board Information


At PACCAR, we value talent and promote growth and development. We carefully consider numerous compensation factors including your education, training, or experience. The salary range for Materials Planner is $63,000-$94,500 annually. This position is also eligible for a holiday gift. Additionally, this role is eligible for the full range of benefit options listed above.


PACCAR promotes equal employment opportunities by implementing policies and practices that ensure employees and applicants are not discriminated against because of their race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status or other legally protected status. This applies to recruitment, selection, placement, promotion, termination, rates of pay, and other conditions of employment.


Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue

Job Segment: Industrial, Supply Chain, Supply, Engineer, Manufacturing, Operations, Customer Service, Engineering

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