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Materials Planner


Elwood, IL, US, 60421

Job Description

The primary responsibility of the Materials Planner is to manage the daily activities of assigned raw materials for multiple plants across Stepan’s North American network.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
•    Monitoring, tactical buying and movement of all raw materials into Stepan plants to ensure that manufacturing and customer’s needs are met 
•    Collaborating with all other Supply Chain partners to ensure effective use of inventory, working capital and ensuring plant materials are received at the right time, right material, right quantity and right quality for consumption
•    Conducts analysis and recommends improvements within the supply chain, this role is critical to the success of the Supply Chain
•    Helps reduce total landed costs for materials, including rail and tank truck demurrage and total cost
•    Ensure that Materials Planning operations and support are aligned with Supply Chain, Business and company goals and objectives
•    Effectively utilize materials planning procedures, processes, analytics, metrics and standards to ensure timely and efficient delivery of materials to meet production requirements to satisfy customer demand and maintain appropriate inventory levels
•    Meet the needs of customers while supporting department and company and financial goals and objectives
•    Optimize supply network for areas of responsibility through effective utilization of supply chain tools and best practices
•    Identify and drive technology improvements related to Materials Management
•    Establish standards, develop procedures and manage operations to ensure a disciplined approach to planning, buying, moving, storing and controlling materials in an optimum manner to provide appropriate service to the customer at the best TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)


•    Minimum of 1-3 years’ experience in chemical operations or supply chain
•    Effective communication skills
•    Proficient in Microsoft Office Applications
•    SAP proficiency is a plus
•    Possess or willing to pursue CPIM certification
•    Must be able to work effectively with people at all levels inside and outside of the Company


•    Bachelor’s Degree (preferred in related field)



Established in 1932, Stepan Company is a major manufacturer of basic and intermediate chemicals including surfactants, polymers, as well as specialty ingredients that go into consumer, household, and institutional products such as laundry detergents, shampoos, and surface cleaners. Stepan Company currently has 20 global manufacturing locations and over 2,000 employees. We have a strong record of growth. Our growth allows us to provide meaningful career opportunities and stability to our team members. We have big goals at Stepan and know every team member will be crucial to achieving our objectives. Regardless of function, we are looking for team members who bring with them a growth mindset, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to thrive in an evolving environment.


We celebrate diversity at Stepan and are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.





Stepan is a global specialty and intermediate chemical manufacturer that has been serving a broad range of industries for 88 years. Today, Stepan is a $2 billion revenue company. Our continued success is driven by the passion and commitment of our 2,200 employees around the world.

Why Work At Stepan?

  1. Stable & Growing
  2. Collaborative Environment
  3. Make a Difference & Be Recognized
  4. Committed to Safety & Sustainability
  5. Value Driven Culture

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