Production Planner / Scheduler

Website Little Rapids Corporation

Basic Position Objective Statement:

Responsible for planning and scheduling manufacturing activities, optimizing material and labor utilization within established guidelines of inventory and customer service levels.

Safety Philosophy:

Little Rapids Corporation will manufacture products in a manner that respects the safety and health of our associates, the environment, and the communities in which we operate.  We believe that each Associate plays critical role in creating a safe work environment by exhibiting personal safe behaviors.  To be successful as a company, we will have exemplary safety performance.

Principal Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

Support and participate in Lean and Six Sigma initiatives, such as Kaizen, 5S, Total Preventive Maintenance, and other continuous improvement efforts, as required.  This includes activities to this specific position/department, as well as company-wide initiatives in other areas of the organization.

Develop and implement optimum capacity planning and production scheduling for assigned machines over the appropriate timeframes.

Support systems and processes that will improve forward-looking information flow to improve forecasting methods; i.e. collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment, vendor-managed inventory, internet applications, etc.

Timely communication of daily production changes and activities to appropriate operations and customer service team members.

Support customer planning/scheduling support systems as needed.

Maintain production planning reports on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

Insure system inventory accuracy is maintained through coordination with Information Technology, Accounting, and Manufacturing.  Follow all quality control process.

Work closely with all Larsen Road support departments on a daily basis, in an effort to blend all planning and manufacturing requirements into one optimal production plan while maintaining service, inventory, turn targets and minimize premium pay.

Purchase of production raw materials generated from MRP or other means.

Nights and weekend coverage for production / scheduling requests.

Other assignments as made by management.

This is not an exhaustive list of duties or functions and may not necessarily comprise all of the “essential functions” for purposes of the ADA.

Knowledge, Education and Training Qualifications and Certifications:

BA or BS Degree in business with operations management focus required

Lean and Six Sigma experience or training preferred.

APICS certified or progress towards certification program a plus.

Key Functional Competencies:

Demonstrated ability to effectively schedule production using MRP techniques, with minimum 1-year previous experience in a manufacturing environment.  Will consider applicants with 3 years’ applicable experience in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.

Demonstrated ability to organize and analyze relevant data and base decisions on it.

Highly proficient computer skills and knowledge (Windows, Excel, Word, Power Point, e-mail, etc., ability to prepare spreadsheets and graphs).   JDE and/or experience using comparable manufacturing integrated software

Ability to work in a team based environment and leadership experienced desired.

Ability to managing conflicts between customer requirements, sales managers and production requirements.

Knowledge of ISO in a manufacturing environment, if needed.

Key Performance Competencies:

Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a culture defined by LRC’s core values.

Effective verbal and written communication skills are required.

Regular attendance at work is required.  Ability to work additional hours during the week or on weekends may be required.

Physical Requirements:

The ability to work in a normal manufacturing environment to include:  sitting, standing, or walking for long periods of time; climbing stairs; operating various standard office equipment; carrying paper documents/files; reaching; bending; crawling; speaking on the telephone; wearing required personal protection gear (i.e. hearing, eye and foot protection); tolerating loud noise (maximum of 95 dB); tolerating extreme heat, cold and dusty environment.

EOE including disability/veteran