Production Planner

Randstad Inhouse Services
£26000 - £28000/annum
13 Jul 2017
12 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you have strong background in using SAP for Planning and Production?

Have you worked as a Production Planner (or similar) in the manufacturing and/or Automotive sector with MES experience and shop floor reporting?

Are you able to work in a fast paced, team orientated environment?

If so, you could be perfect for this role. We are currently looking to recruit a Production Planner for one of the world's premier global automotive suppliers. Our client is establishing a new facility in the Telford area in which they will specialise in high pressure die-casting that will design and build medium to large aluminium automotive components.

Position Summary

The production planner is responsible for effectively planning all manufacturing operations supporting the customer's schedules and managing variations in demand and capacity. The planner will control WIP (Work in Progress) and actively work to reduce total inventory using the lean tools available. The planner will be the customers interface, providing feedback of any delays and partial shipments back into the customer portals. The planner will communicate with production departments to ensure two way communication of changes, challenges and create tracking metrics to present performance and trends.

Role Responsibilities

The role entails but is not limited to:

* To understand and interpret MRP (Material Resource Planning) in order to schedule manufacturing jobs in a timely manner according to the capacity available for the necessary departments and prioritising as required
* To constantly review the production plan in line with customer demand. Maintain a flexible approach and amend as necessary to meet contingencies arising
* Ensure Customer Service is maintained to the highest standard, proactively have discussions with production cells to ensure deliveries are on time
* Monitor EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) errors and achieve resolution
* Track and communicate daily, weekly, monthly loading of production cells
* Manage capacity for maintenance, tool changes and planned down time
* Work with the material handlers to ensure raw material is at a point of use when required
* Run WIP/SWIP (Work in progress/Stocked Work In Progress) model to achieve business plan for inventory
* Communicate planning updates to required parties
* Use a lean approach stream line processes and reduce WIP
* Facilitate and present planning updates to wider team and management
* Key SAP user and point of contact for other SAP users
* Facilitate SAP and Manufacturing Execution System master data updates
* Perform any other duties as may be reasonably requested by the MP&L Manager



* Strong background in using SAP for Planning and Production
* MES (Manufacturing Execution System) experience and shop floor reporting
* Manufacturing and/or Automotive sector experience
* Excellent Microsoft skills
* Confident to deliver a presentation to customers and colleagues


* Lean trained
* Higher Education / HNC / Degree qualified (Manufacturing / Business)
* Power point proficient

Personal Attributes:

* Good interpersonal skills with "hands on" problem solving expertise
* Team player and promote a team approach to problem solving
* Work collaboratively to achieve project/company goals
* Ability to work in a fast paced environment
* Strong communicator both written and verbal
* Ability to influence and manage stakeholders
* Ability to work on own initiative
* Ability to work under pressure
* Self-motivated and focused
* Ability to work under pressure with short completion times for projects
* Very organised
* Excellent analytical skills
* Proactive to change and in approach with a "can do attitude"
* Flexibility to travel overseas, if required
* Valid UK Driving Licence
* Right to work in the UK
* Flexibility to travel overseas infrequently

If you're interested in applying for this role, please do not hesitate. Send us your CV and if we feel you match the role, a member of our excellent recruitment team will be in touch to discuss your application