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Material Planner

  • Job reference: 919441
  • Location: Louisiana
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Sector: Planners, Supply Chain and Procurement
  • Date posted: 02/05/2018

Our client is a leading, global chemical company are are looking for a Mechanical Planner to join their Supply Chain Materials team.


This position is responsible for managing unplanned work and developing job plans in order to drive work execution efficiency and asset availability. This includes generating work steps with labor, material, equipment and services, estimating labor and material costs; creating job packets for field execution and continually improving job plans via updates based upon feedback from the Execution Teams. The scope is all mechanical work. Manage the backlog of unplanned work:

  • Review the backlog and planning list.
  • Clarify incomplete or unclear work notifications.
  • Group work orders and/or notifications together that can be planned and completed as a single order.
  • Determine the appropriate degree of planning.
  • Utilize the proper SAP status codes including work order start and finish dates to allow proper scheduling of the work order.

Work Order Planning:

  • Create job plans for the effective execution of work by providing job scopes, job step sequence, labor and material requirements, skill requirements, specifying the necessary tools and equipment, external resources, and determining work order costs.
  • Identify permitting requirements and special isolation needs.
  • Create task lists (job plan library) for recurring jobs.
  • Create purchase requisitions and reservations for necessary materials, equipment or services and orders material.
  • Forward completed "ready-to-schedule" job packages to the Scheduler.
  • Continually improve the job plans by collaborating with Maintenance Supervisors and Engineers to 1) Maintain a spare parts inventory, 2) Build & Maintain Bill of Materials for area equipment, 3) Continually update task lists to ensure: necessary changes or improvements are incorporated, and efficiencies are captured per job feedback, 4) Obtaining and analyzing feedback from the work crew through the job feedback process and 5) Updating the task list and job plan libraries.
  • Review work scopes for changes which would result in triggering a Management of Change (MoC)
  • Create Job Packets as needed by providing spec sheets, vendor manuals, P&IDs, pictures, isolation plans, job plan/feedback form, etc.
  • Assist in emergency or critical priority jobs by expediting materials and coordinating other crafts/resources and fulfilling any other activities (non-standard) assigned by the supervisor.
  • Turnaround Planning ◦Create job plans for the effective execution of turnaround projects: job scopes, job step sequence, labor and material requirements, skill requirements, specifying the necessary tools and equipment, external resources, and determining work order costs ◦Participate and coordinate with turnaround group on scheduled jobs and external resource needs. ◦Coordinate purchase requisitions / purchase orders and expedite orders to assure scheduled delivery for turnaround.
  • Fill in for Maintenance Supervisor as necessary.


  • Requires High School Diploma or equivalent and a minimum of 8 years of experience in a chemical/petrochemical or other similar manufacturing environment.
  • Hands on knowledge and experience with various types of Mechanical systems and equipment, and crafts, along with an understanding of maintenance work processes. Possess an understanding of maintenance scheduling.
  • Ability to procure and expedite materials and resources.
  • Deal effectively with the unknown and unexpected and possess the ability to handle non-routine and emergency activities, such as schedule breakers, plant shutdowns, start-up, etc.
  • Excellent organizational and work management skills.
  • Keen attention to detail and a high degree of quality orientation.
  • Strong communication skills, both orally and written.
  • Experience with SAP is a plus.
  • Must demonstrate the following

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As an international workforce business, we are committed to sourcing personnel that reflects the diversity and values of our client base but also that of Orion Group. We welcome the wide range of experiences and viewpoints that potential workers bring to our business and our clients, including those based on nationality, gender, culture, educational and professional backgrounds, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and age differences, job classification and religion. In our inclusive workplace, regardless of your employment status as staff or contract, everyone is assured the right of equitable, fair and respectful treatment.