Entry Level Materials Planner

Job Locations US-NJ-Flemington
Job ID
Supply Chain


Johanna Foods is a state-of-the-art food manufacturer located in Flemington, New Jersey. Privately operated since 1995, Johanna Foods is now one of the country's largest producers and distributors of fruit juices, drinks and yogurt. Our products include the popular La Yogurt and Sabor Latino yogurt, Tree Ripe juices, Earth Wise juice beverages, Ssips and Sabor Latino drinks and nectars, and Ssips aseptic drink boxes, all using cutting-edge technologies and only the freshest, highest quality ingredients. Johanna Foods is also a leading private label and co-pack juice and yogurt producer, manufacturing products for numerous leading retailers and brands.


What we offer:

Competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, 401k, life insurance, short term disability insurance, long term disability insurance, vacation, and tuition reimbursement.


Job Summary: 

The Materials Planner is responsible for expediting all ingredients and materials required to produce the Juice Operations production schedule. Updates and maintains daily inventories and requirements and reports to production scheduling and/or operations any shortages/concerns.  Provides status on progress of shortages/constraints.  Coordinates with Director of Logistics to establish and prioritize the ordering, maintaining and execution of ingredients/materials.


  • Manages and maintains raw material and ingredients inventory through the use of MRP, Excel and AS400 Reports to ensure production needs are achieved.
  • Keeps management informed and reports on the daily production needs and completions, and any shortages that may affect production releases and/or deliveries.
  • Identifies and assists in the timely investigating of material shortages in conjunction with Purchasing and submits purchasing requisitions in support of the production schedule.
  • Researches inventory problems related to product BOMs (Bill of Materials), or other material usage issues and ensures they get resolved. Notifies the department manager when issues cannot be resolved and for further research and resolution.
  • Responsible for physical inventories and a cycle counting of materials and ingredients.
  • Assist in the development of metrics, reports and/or other tools for continuous improvement.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable quality system standards and the unit's food safety and security programs in support of essential manufacturing strategies and practices.
  • Serves as alternate to Production Scheduler, Juice Operations.
  • Provide feedback to supervisors on changes made during the day.
  • Ensure key raw materials are available to achieve plan
    • Tankers
    • Bases
    • Packaging materials
  • Handle all material defects
    • Identify problem
    • Develop summary of defect, quantity and associated costs
    • Notify vendor for correction and credit
    • Communicate losses to accounting
  • Supports Safe Quality Foods (SQF) requirements.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.
  • Candidate core competencies
    • Must have a strong knowledge of Chilled Juice plant operations
    • Understand quality requirement (Kosher, standard of identify, flush guide, CIP requirements, etc.)
    • Understand all production capacities, conflicts, labor requirements, etc.
    • Knowledge of raw materials / ingredients in SKUs
    • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple departments and levels
    • Proficient with Microsoft Excel (highly) and Word
    • Previous knowledge in Warehouse Management System and/or SAP is a plus


·  High school diploma required with strong Excel skills


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