Production Planner/Scheduler

The Production Planner/Scheduler is responsible for developing the master production plan to satisfy customer demand while carrying minimum effective inventory. The qualified individual will be responsible for providing the plant with a monthly production plan consistent with the plant capacity and sales forecast. Working in conjunction with Operations Management and other Logistics personnel, the planner is responsible for determining the desired inventory levels for finished goods down to the pack size including safety stock levels.
Your Task
Create a rolling 3-month Master Production Plan for designated products. Utilize the production capacity, taking into consideration the sales forecast, historical sales, and new business opportunities. Analyze and identify risks associated with the options built into the Master Production Plan, including manufacturing lead times.
Insures coordination with plant managers to make adjustments to production schedules daily/weekly as needed to meet business and customer needs. Communicates demand information across a facility so that everyone is aware of volume and metrics.
Perform supply demand analysis each quarter, highlighting areas of concern for the next 12 months. Fulfill customer capacity analysis requests.
Develop inventory targets and manage production to achieve targeted inventory levels on both a cost and unit basis.
Maintain finished goods inventory at target levels in ensure high service levels, i.e. product availability.
Project finished goods inventory levels on a quarterly basis. Achieve desired corporate inventory turn targets.
Monitor actual output versus the Master Production Plan. Identify gaps and drive solutions, including a metric on production performance to the requested production schedule.
Review sales forecast with business manager on a monthly basis, and suggest modifications consistent with knowledge of current or historical demand.
Communicates with Customer Service as needed when there are significant variations in product demand. Working on conjunction with Warehouse Management, reconciles inaccuracies with customer shipments and deliveries.
Maintains various reporting systems for key metrics ensuring that documentation is accurate and timely. Documents key information for analysis which includes downtime, peak production, inventory accuracy and scheduling accuracy
Supports meetings to review service levels, performance against schedule, inventory strategy, supply plan to meet demand, and resource implications. Update Master Production Plan as necessary.
Drives the annual physical inventory process
Assures that documentation is prepared and maintained according to ISO/TS 16949 and ISO 14001 standards; follows document retention guidelines defined by Quality
Your Profile
Associates degree in related discipline; Bachelors degree in Supply Chain Management or other related discipline preferred. APICS certification a plus
Experience using MRP / ERP systems, especially Advance Planning Systems; SAP experience preferred
5-7 years production planning and scheduling experience in a high-volume manufacturing environment (700,000+ parts per month). Experience in managing manufacturing processes, productivity and efficiency requirements as related to scheduling activities
Sound knowledge of supply chain processes and procedures including manufacturing planning, demand, and replenishment processes
Strong negotiation skills with the ability to reason and influence at all levels
Strong communication and presentation skills

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