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Buyer Planner at Johnson Controls, Inc in Wichita, Kansas

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Johnson Controls is powered by your talent. We are the power behind the customer mission. Together we are building a world that’s safe, comfortable and sustainable. Our diverse global team creates innovative, integrated solutions to make cities more connected, buildings more intelligent and environments more comfortable and secure. We are all about improving outcomes for our partners. Tomorrow needs your talent. Tomorrow needs you. So let’s talk today.

Johnson Controls’ Wichita operation designs, builds and distributes around one million pieces of residential heating and cooling equipment every year. Johnson Controls Wichita builds and assembles some of the biggest HVAC brands in the industry, including York, Luxaire, Coleman, Champion and Guardian.

The primary manufacturing campus sits on 63 acres with a total of 1.3 million square feet. It has also translated into large employment growth in Wichita, where its workforce is around 1,600 employees which is up nearly 22 percent year over year. The Wichita manufacturing facility is the largest non-aircraft manufacturing plant in Wichita.

What you will do

As a Buyer Planner for our Wichita Plant, you will be responsible for the materials plan and execution for all new products, as well as the material depletion plan for all sunset products. This will involve working with the site materials and production teams to ensure minimal obsolete inventory impact from sunset products, and on-time delivery to the product launch schedule for new products. This position is not eligible for Visa sponsorship.

How you will do it

  • Develop a robust project plan for each specific new product introduction as it relates to the procurement, and execution of the materials through the operation.

  • Monitor, track and report on adherence to the project plan through clear assignment of actions with owners and dates.

  • Monitor and track inventory levels of raw, WIP, and finished goods for incoming and exiting products.

  • Coordinate with engineering, materials, and manufacturing to strategically utilize all materials that are marked for obsolescence – natural depletion or active substitution.

  • Coordinates with Manufacturing, Production Schedulers, Quality and Engineering to assure that materials are on site in a timely manner to facilitate speedy and accurate parts availability to meet customer demands.

  • Maintains Replenishment signals to assure a smooth flow of materials to the Manufacturing floor and enable Operational efficiency.

  • Develops the handover process from a product being introduced to running in full production.

  • Manage consignment programs for materials and purchasing agreements for commodity items.

  • Maintains effective working relationship and communication with all departments.

  • Operates within budget and contributes to the overall need for being cost competitive.

What we look for


  • Associate degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Minimum of six (6) years of scheduling or planning experience in a warehouse, purchasing or logistics role.

  • Experience utilizing an ERP system. 

  • Proficiency using MS Office Suite.

  • Strong communication skills both verbal and written.

  • Problem solving techniques and resolution.

  • Strong project management skills and have a drive for task completion.


  • Bachelor's degree.

  • APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification.

  • Minimum of one (1) year of SAP experience within materials.

  • Experience with inventory forecasting, developing supplier schedules and reducing scheduling variances.

Johnson Controls International plc. is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, genetic information, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. For more information, please view EEO is the Law. If you are an individual with a disability and you require an accommodation during the application process, please visit

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