Manufacturing Materials Planner

Location : 3200 Fruit Ridge Ave, Walker, MI 49544


Who We Are:

Challenge Manufacturing is a leading Tier 1 automotive supplier to a growing portfolio of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers. Since 1981, Challenge Manufacturing has grown from a very small shop in Walker, Michigan to 12 locations across North America with 4,000 team members supported by 1,500 industrial robots.   


What Makes Us Different?

Challenge Manufacturing is an employee-owned company and is currently ranked in the top 50 largest employee-owned companies in North America. Being an employee-owned company enables the Company to maintain a collaborative and teamwork-oriented work culture. Additionally, over time as the company grows, employees will share in that upside financially through ESOP retirement benefits.


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The Corporate Material Planner responsibilities include both demand management and inventory planning of specific product lines. They will plan inventory, schedule manufacturing orders and coordinate the flow of work and materials to meet delivery expectations of forecasted and actual sales while minimizing inventory levels. The Corporate Material Planner will reflect demand changes in our planning systems to ensure high accuracy of forecast needs and ensure accuracy in inventory records, item usage history, and forecasting files. 


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 

  • Detail oriented and a high-level of organization.  

  • Computer literacy required, including MS Office (Excel) and ERP/MRP experience 

  • Personal attributes must include integrity and ability to conduct self in a firm, fair, friendly and consistent manner. 

  • Ability to solve problems in a fast-paced and high-volume environment with emphasis on customer service, accuracy and timeliness. 


  • High School Diploma required. 

  • Minimum of one-year work experience in a manufacturing environment. 

  • Strong understanding and working knowledge of Inventory Control. 

  • Must be physically capable of performing the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.  



Benefits We Offer:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, Health Savings Account with annual employer contributions, Flexible Spending Accounts, Company-Paid Short-Term Disability and Basic Life, Voluntary Life and LTD, Employer 401k Match, ESOP shares, tuition reimbursement, and paid time off.