Materials Planning Manager

Mccormick Hunt Valley , MD 21031

Posted 7 days ago

McCormick & Company, Inc., a world leader in the spice, flavor and seasonings industry, is seeking a full time Materials Planning Manager. This new hire will work at the Hunt Valley Plant located in Hunt Valley, MD. The Materials Planning Manager will report to a Department Manager.

With more than $5 billion in annual sales, the Company manufactures markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the entire food industry - retail outlets, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses. We create differentiating flavors consumers prefer with unmatched quality, science, innovation and service.

Every day, no matter where or what you eat, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick. McCormick makes every moment and meal better

As a company recognized for exceptional commitment to employees, McCormick offers a wide variety of benefits, programs and services. Benefits include, but are not limited to, tuition assistance, medical, dental, vision, disability, group life insurance, 401(k), profit sharing, paid holidays and vacations.


Under the general direction of the Materials Manager, the Materials Planning Manager provides leadership for a functional team within a high performance environment. Oversees the daily management of the function and drives improvement activities through the development of people and processes. Has overall accountability for the results of the team.

Good understanding of procedures and concepts within own technical area and a basic knowledge in other areas. Requires an understanding and ability to apply procedures and concepts of own technical area. Knowledge of other areas to the extent of understanding how they relate and interact with own area.

This position is responsible for providing leadership and technical knowledge to support plant purchasing and inventory management activities. Works with plant planning and scheduling, corporate purchasing, plant receiving, accounts payable and logistics to assure production is supplied with the appropriate raw and packaging materials while cost and inventory levels are optimized.


  • Leads a team of Material Planners in a manner consistent with the core beliefs and guiding principles of McCormick's High-Performance System. Utilizes coaching and facilitation skills to manage employee relations.

    Provides regular performance feedback and oversees development/training plans for individuals within the team. Actively uses performance and development tools to document and facilitate improvement/recognition discussions. Rewards and recognizes performance achievements.

    Removes barriers that prevent the team from achieving goals. Manage and optimize the portfolios across the facilities.

  • Utilizes problem solving tools and methodologies to continually improve processes within the function across multiple facilities. Demonstrates a sense of urgency and tenacity to resolve problems and implement process improvements.

    Leads root cause analysis when required for failures that meet the applicable threshold. Develops and ensures all functional procedures and best practices are documented and continually improved. Interacts cross-functionally to resolve issues. Optimization of freight and inbound planning across facilities.

  • Directs and supports the daily management of the team to prioritize work and achieve goals. Creates an atmosphere of 100% compliance to operational processes and procedures.

    Coordinates the sharing of resources to make the best use of existing skills to meet business needs. Ensures that procedures and scorecards are in place for the team.

  • Communicates effectively up, down, and across the organization. Creates a vision for the team that is in alignment with the Plant, Division, and McCormick.

    Communicates organizational and plant objectives, including the attainment of established scorecard metrics (safety, quality, reliability, etc.) and ensures that they are understood and linked to the team's work. Manages interactions with other areas to support total plant objectives. Conducts regular team meetings to share information and ensures two-way communication. Manage materials escalation process.

  • On an annual basis, execute specific projects and action plans (in additional to core work, above) in support of the functional OGSM.

  • Manages the technical aspects of the role, specific to the functional area. Lead supplier collaboration and transportation optimization activities across the facilities.


  • Bachelors degree

  • Individuals will generally enter this role with a combination of demonstrated technical and leadership skills equivalent to a minimum of 5 years of experience.

  • Sustained demonstrated leadership within a high-performance environment

  • Demonstrated knowledge of at least one other functional area (outside of current discipline). Examples of how this can be achieved are through experiences such as significant project assignments, job rotation, etc. Previous work experience in other functions may also be considered, as long as the knowledge can be demonstrated in the McCormick business context

  • Management of projects through to successful completion


  • CPM and/or APICS certification preferred

  • Knowledge of SAP and Access preferred.

  • Past exposure to planning using Material Requirements Planning or other ERP system.

McCormick & Company 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, McCormick does not offer employment visa sponsorships upon hire or in the future.

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