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Title:  Planner

Job Title :  Planner



General Summary

Activities that ensure the correct and smooth movement of the inventory within production floor and the yard, supporting manufacturing process to complete costumers orders more efficiently.


Duties & Responsibilities

  •  Using corporate ERP system (SAP), create material inventory/purchasing plans, capacity plans, and shop-loading parameters based on customer forecasts, current sales, seasonal trends and information received from sales in order to reduce response time to Customer demands and increase market share. 
  • Maintain this forecast in response to the following situations:
  1. availability and lead-time of components
  2. market forces
  3. increased/reduced demand
  4. global corporate inventory policy
  5. weekly exception report
  • Fine-tune resource requirements - materials, headcount, shifts, etc - to match expected demand, or to compensate for any known resource shortages
  • Creates schedules for production areas (master production schedule) and suppliers (MRP call-off purchase orders), to match actual customer demand, ensuring that material and production resources are effectively used.   Re-analysing and adjusting schedules as necessary to ensure the optimal flow of work in the production areas with consideration for customer needs, manufacturing capabilities, and material and manpower constraints.
  •  Identifies changes in capacity or material availability to sales. Elevates issues to management which negatively impacts the MPS, and hence availability to customer
  • Responsible for applying best material availability dates to Sales Orders and Quotations by analysing the Bill of Material and Plant Capacity.
  • Expedite supplier materials to meet master schedule needs, Liaising with Shipping Agents regarding imports of Air and Ocean Freight, providing VAT Deferment Authorisation, delivery schedules and requests.
  • Liaise with counterparts at other client locations to establish global inventory strategies, reducing response time to customers who require high value/low usage components within a short lead times
  • Release works orders from Master Production Schedule to various productions to ensure product availability in line with customer orders.
  • Modify this schedule daily in response to the following changes
  1. customer demands/priorities
  2. material availability 
  3. quality/engineering issues
  4. manpower availability
  5. drawing/engineering changes notes (ECN)
  • Determine production priorities and communicate to production teams at daily meetings and ensure that these priorities are completed in order to achieve the customer request date.
  • Also responsible for investigating any discrepancies, utilising ERP systems, around accuracy of inventory (raw, WIP, finished goods), shipments, returns, and invoices
  • Provide local and corporate management with KPM (key performance metrics) around inventory holding (active and slow-moving), and capacity utilization, with recommendations to optimize same.
  • Responsible for investigating possible alternative uses of excess and slow moving stock in order to reduce and eliminate this specific area of inventory and optimise usage of material. 



Preferably Bachelor’s in related curriculum such as Engineering Graduates

Preferably looking for 3-8 Years of similar material/production experience in a high volume/mix manufacturing environment, ideally mechanical and knowledge of a modern ERP system SAP exp ( PP and MM), reports like MRP run.

Previous multinational company experience, ideally US - and prefferably having experience of working directly with vendors and planners at sister facilities to acquire parts to meet needs.



Include demonstrated competencies and physical, mental, & interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrable knowledge of a modern ERP system - ideally SAP - including an excellent appreciation of MPS/MRP etc.

Abilities - Can demonstrate experience and skills in understanding and interacting with sales-team, suppliers, and production teams. Accurate, decisive, data-driven, multi-tasker, who delivers to personal commitments in a complex tight-schedule environment


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