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Production Planner

Apply Job ID REF5149G Date posted 04/14/2022 Address 805 East Old 56 Highway, Olathe, KS Job Type Full-time Job Status Exempt

ITW Pro Brands is a manufacturer of lubricants, cleaning chemicals, and corrosion preventatives formulated to maximize equipment productivity and product quality for customers. We go to market through B2B with a focus on the automotive, aviation, fabricated metal, food processing and machinery manufacturing market segments. Offering a brand portfolio that is well recognized within these industrial channels, our premium products address customer pain points and our direct sales team provides expert, value-added consulting at the customer level. ITW Pro Brands has 3 manufacturing facilities (Olathe, KS, Tucker, GA and DeWitt, IA) and a formulation lab in Carol Stream, IL and employs 250+ individuals.


Summary:

The Production Planner is responsible for managing the production plan/schedule to achieve a targeted finished goods while improving the OTIF for the division, in a timely manner.

The Production Planner develops and executes operational production planning and inventory management with alignment from customer service, supply chain, procurement, product management and manufacturing. Overall, the Production Planner is responsible for capacity planning and generating a Master Production Schedule (MPS.)

Core Responsibilities:

  • Develops and executes operational production planning and inventory management program with guidance from supply chain, product management and manufacturing. Includes rough cut capacity planning and finite scheduling for the manufacturing organization.
  • Participates in operations planning meetings as the expert on the production plan/schedule, capacity, and campaign and sequencing issues. Advises supply chain, QC and Manufacturing on decisions to support the balance of supply and demand.
  • Define demand plan for each brand/production line, base of the forecast, historical data, new product development to determine the target inventory for the finished goods products.
  • Create and publish a production schedule per brand according to the business objectives, as well as maintain target inventories for the made-to-stock product combined with the shipping dates for the made-to-order products.
  • Monitors and maintains operational work-in-process inventory levels.
  • Monitors the raw material inventory to coordinate with the Sourcing department the needs for the schedule to utilize the warehouse space in a better way
  • Manages production plan/schedule to achieve targeted finished goods levels, to help improve the OTIF for the division.
  • Coordinates materials needs for packaging with the sourcing department
  • Maintains operational inventories by managing inventory days on hand, policing obsolete, dormant and slow-moving stock, and developing feedback reports to be given to the appropriate person for resolution.
  • Serves as primary communication link between customer service (NACS), product management, supply chain, to provide update and accurate information on the production dates for order.
  • Serves as expert resource for Manufacturing as it relates to the use of scheduling systems. Continuously improves the planning and scheduling process through problem identification, recommendations, and implementation of systems improvements.
  • Tracks and communicates key supply chain issues with raw material and intermediate inventory levels. Leads weekly review process with manufacturing to evaluate performance and identify improvement opportunities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in Industrial manufacturing
  • Working knowledge in Demand planning, Production Scheduling, Material Flow, Inventory Control
  • 4 Year college degree
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Power Point) and Outlook.  Strong written, verbal and collaborative communication skills.
  • Advance Excel skills, data management, import/exporting, reference formulas and Pivot table

Other Competencies:

  • Proficient in the use of an ERP system, Microsoft Navision preferred.
  • Must be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, manage priorities and work independently as well as on a team.
  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit and willing to take initiative with focus on the key initiatives and opportunities for improvement and growth.
  • Self-starter, highly motivated, follows directions well and can work with little or no supervision.
  • Able to adapt effectively to changes in the work environment in a positive manner; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Proficient time management and prioritization skills.

ITW Pro Brands is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

ITW is an equal opportunity employer. We value our colleagues’ unique perspectives, experiences and ideas and create workplaces where everyone can develop their careers and perform to their full potential. 

As an equal employment opportunity employer, ITW is committed to equal employment opportunity and fair treatment for employees, beginning with the hiring process and continuing through all aspects of the employment relationship. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected Veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.  

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At ITW, we value our colleagues' unique perspectives, experiences, and ideas and create workplaces where everyone can develop their careers and perform to their full potential.

Equal Opportunities

ITW is committed to equal employment opportunity and fair treatment for employees, beginning with the hiring process and continuing through all aspects of the employment relationship.

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