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Operations Planning and Purchasing Manager

Date: Aug 13, 2019

Location: US - MN - Eden Prairie, US

Company: MTS Systems

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Why do so many people join MTS Systems Corporation and stay for a career? Because this is a place where you get to apply your creativity, work with smart people on fascinating projects, and make a positive impact on people’s lives. It is a place where you can learn, innovate and grow professionally.


Transforming what’s possible with cars, aircraft, bridges, wind turbines and space-age materials — this is work we dream about as kids. At MTS, it’s a rewarding career path for talented individuals who are willing to work hard, think hard, and commit to solving complex and critical challenges for our customers around the world, many of whom are leaders in their respective industries.


By joining MTS, you’ll have access to the latest tools and technologies, along with the support of colleagues who are passionate about their work. You’ll discover a dynamic culture of continuous improvement that extends to our people, one that offers numerous ways to expand your knowledge and advance your career. And because we are a global company, your work may also include world travel.


Our business is thriving. Our future is exciting. Your potential is unlimited.



Primary Objective:
Responsible for personnel and activities related to material procurement and production planning in support of manufacturing operations at the Eden Prairie facility.
Responsible for the performance and continuous improvement of systems and processes associated with production planning, purchase requisition development, PO placement, order management, supplier relationship, and production order releases to optimize delivery cycle, on-time delivery, material costs, inventory, and manufacturing productivity.


Major Areas of Accountability:
1. Provide leadership and direction for the production planning function to ensure effective business management through compliance with standards and procedures while meeting production schedules, factory utilization targets, on time delivery requirements, cost, inventory targets, and quality requirements. Works directly with vendors and internal stakeholders to resolve critical parts availability and quality issues. Monitors and reports status or schedule change to affected parties. Ensures production plans support overall portfolio and project requirements and coordinates schedule adjustments with portfolio scheduling.
2. Develops, trains, maintains and monitors Production Planning and Purchasing processes and procedures. Ensures high quality service, efficient operation, drives automation, and compliance with established methods/standards. Initiates corrective action as appropriate. Responsible for all production planning and purchasing QMS documents, WIs and BPWIs and SOX compliance. Coordinates process and policy changes with Portfolio Planning and Sourcing leadership to ensure alignment across the enterprise.
3. Implement lean daily management into the procurement and planning functions to escalate and visually show issues and challenges on day one. Address any buyer/planner personnel resource capacity issues, improve communications, and sustain gains made through continuous improvement initiatives.
4. Coordinates individual production planning group to deliver optimally sequenced work plans to Manufacturing Operations, aligned to the Portfolio schedule for projects and customer orders. Monitors overall MRP level production schedules, works with production planners to align demand to labor capacity, availability/lead time of materials and space to maximize achievement of customer/project/order schedule requirements. Implements metrics to track and improve planning performance, identifies and implements continuous improvement opportunities.
5. Ensures effective monitoring of parts availability and ensures planning works cross-functionally to expedite when necessary to meet production schedules. Facilitates resolution of schedule priority conflicts with cross functional stakeholders. Leads corrective action when production schedules cannot be executed as planned.
6. Ensures MRP information in SAP is maintained, including, but not limited to, the following.
7. Creates purchase orders including schedule line agreements and blanket orders usually for complex purchase requests (e.g. ambiguous products or services, developmental products, progress payments, undefined pricing) which clearly define all requirements, pricing, terms and conditions and expectations, and then manages exception messages by expediting, delaying or canceling orders as required.
8. Supports internal customers by providing information on purchasing processes, products and suppliers, mitigates problems by applying a broad view of situational implications and total cost impacts and provides value in resolving supplier and purchased product related issues.
9. Champions the manufacturing demand and capacity matching process.
10. Responsible for ongoing management and development of assigned employees. Determines staffing and skill requirements to meet business and department needs.



  • Bachelor degree, or Associates degree plus 4 years of applicable experience, or equivalent experience 
  • 5+ years experience in production planning and/or purchasing in a manufacturing environment; plus
  • 3+ years management experience.
  • APICS or ISM certification (or ability to attain within 18 months of accepting position).
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate and resolve issues with suppliers
    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Degree preferred in Business or Supply Chain
  • SAP experience strongly preferred.
  • 10+ years’ experience in production planning and/or purchasing in a manufacturing environment; plus
  • 5+ years management experience


MTS Systems Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital status or veteran status.

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Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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