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Production Planner

LOCATION
Fort Wayne, IN

EDUCATION NEEDED
Bachelor’s Degree

DEPARTMENT
Operations

EXPERIENCE NEEDED
Minimum of 1 year of production planning experience

EMPLOYMENT TYPE
Salaried, Full-time

Description

The Production Planner will report to the Assistant Plant Manager and will be responsible for managing, preparing and maintaining production schedules for the Fort Wayne, IN facility; managing raw material and shipment flow, while balancing incoming orders with forecast and capacity for production teams and our poly line all, while working to build strong relationships with corporate teams and plant leaders to advocate for your team and plan On Time, Complete, and Correct. The right candidate should have a passion for consumer products manufacturing and will have the drive to succeed in our high performance culture.

Responsibilities

  • Determine production priorities utilizing production plan, customer forecast and sales order requirements and ERP system-driven planning reports (SAP).
  • Take full ownership/management of:
    • Fort Wayne’s production plan.
    • Establish smart, coordinated manufacturing schedules with built in flexibility.
    • High level seasonal and detailed weekly plant capacity management.
    • Function as the communication link between the corporate teams and plant teams for planning and capacity.
    • Review daily orders for multiple retailers, each with their own unique considerations.
    • Manage inventory to reallocate/balance distribution of raw materials/partially or fully finished product to ensure the right materials are in the right place at the right time.
    • Prepare plans and alternative strategies to meet program timelines, without losing flexibility.
  • Coordinate and communicate across multiple internal departments to problem solve and manage complex manufacturing and planning issues.
  • Optimize material flow into the Fort Wayne facility to ensure efficient production planning and 100% on time, complete and correct filling and shipping of orders.

Growth Opportunities

  • Develop and document new and improved processes and planning methodologies.
  • Build and apply new analytical tools, audit and progress reports.
  • Support strategic system analytics.

Requirements

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a technical, business or other related discipline required (Supply Chain, Production Management/Planning, Management, Manufacturing Technology, or Engineering).
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in a Production Planning role at a plant level.
  • Experience in manufacturing for a retail or seasonal business a plus.
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment and planning production using ERP tools; preferably SAP.
  • Power User in Microsoft Excel; v-lookups and pivots, formulas required.
  • Strong strategic, organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills required.
  • Ability to function in a team environment and to lead and/or participate on cross-functional teams.
  • Effective communication skills with all levels of the organization, including an international audience required.
  • APICS certification is a plus.

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