Planner (Material & Production) – Madison or Reedsburg, WI

Sound Devices is looking for an in-office, motivated purchasing agent and entry level planner to join our team in Reedsburg or Madison, WI.

The right candidate will be responsible for managing inventories and ensure that material resources are consistent with production schedules, creating and maintaining inventory schedules, coordinating with internal departments. This position should be able to ensure the appropriate supply of cost-efficient materials required to maintain steady production and product delivery. In production planning side, regularly providing production status updates to management, and facilitating the timely delivery of products to customers.

This position will also require training in MRP and forecast management with the objective of taking on all MRP and forecast management in addition to Service Department Inventory management. Supporting on Procurement activities may be needed in necessary.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Entry Level forecast management.
  • Read, interpret and understand MRP system.
  • Determining the required materials and generating purchase orders.
  • Ensuring the consistent and adequate supply of materials necessary for production.
  • Tracking production volume and monitoring customer demand patterns and purchasing trends.
  • Scheduling and overseeing the supply and delivery of materials and products.
  • Managing inventory issues, schedule changes, and cancellations.
  • Coordinating production operations in accordance with material, labor, and equipment availability.
  • Effecting changes to production schedules to ensure that production deadlines are met.
  • Compiling status and performance reports and submitting them to management in a timely manner.
  • Review and maintain new project requirements once transitioned from Engineering
  • Component procurement and component delivery coordination to support Service Inventory.
  • Sourcing and purchasing material and services for new product development.
  • Participate in new vendor vetting and contract negotiations.
  • Other duties as required.


  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Degree in business, logistics, inventory management, or a related field preferred.
  • 2+ years of experience in material planning, production planning, inventory management, purchasing, or a related position.
  • Strong understanding of COGS performance data.
  • Experience translating a monthly sales forecast into a manufacturing forecast.
  • Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) accreditation or other relevant certification is advantageous.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and material management (MRP) systems.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes and supply chain management.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Strong organization and documentation skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Some flexibility necessary with office hours.
  • The ability to speak and/or read Chinese is a plus.

Sound Devices offers a comprehensive benefit package including health, dental, VTL, LTD, paid time off and parental leave. 

The above statements are a general description of the work being performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.  No visa sponsorship available. 

To apply for this position, E-mail your cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Company Background

Sound Devices creates and manufactures professional audio and RF equipment that helps sound professionals capture the most pristine audio in the world. You can find our products on the sets of your favorite award-winning movies, TV shows, and documentaries. Our customers range from highly technical professionals making their livelihood with Sound Devices equipment to semi-pro users who seek the best-in-class products. We design, assemble, and support our products at our headquarters in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, and our offices in Madison, Wisconsin, and London, England.