Production Planner

Posted 17 May by Gap Personnel Easy Apply

gap personnel (operating as an employment agency) are currently recruiting for our client based in the Wrexham area. We are looking for Production Planner to join our client’s team immediately on a permanent basis.

Leading a small planning team, you will be expected to use your knowledge of planning methodologies, ERP systems and core planning skills to define and implement appropriate methods of planning production ensuring the most cost effective and efficient planning approaches are taken for the broad types of products manufactured on site.

Demand to be planned ranges from low volume / low repetition high value items, through medium volume frequent production to weekly demands of thousands of units, all products produced are made to order and to customer specifications, very little stock is held, therefore the quality of plans and adherence to them is critical.

Pay & Hours of Work

  • 38 hours per week

  • Monday - Thursday 8am - 4:30hrs, Friday 8am - 2:30pm

  • £25,000 - £35,000 (Depending on experience)


  • Leading a small team responsible for planning administration and ERP system support.

  • Taking full ownership of the planning of customer orders, agreeing production plans, delivery dates, capacities and constraints with relevant production leaders.

  • Utilising existing bills of materials and process routings, effectively plan orders to optimise productivity and deliver best compliance with delivery schedules agreed with our customers.

  • Liaising with internal and external sales teams to determine forward customer requirements.

  • Supporting Production leadership in identifying process constraints and best approaches to their resolution.

  • Developing and implement appropriate methods for scheduling production, utilising the existing ERP system and application alternate visual planning / work organising methodologies where appropriate.

  • Monitoring production progress to ensure it is following the schedule, advising the leadership team of deviations and suggesting corrective actions.

  • Able to react to day to day issues affecting the delivery of a production schedule to minimise impact on customers.

  • The planning team is responsible for agreeing and issuing production plans, work to lists and shop floor paperwork and ensuring they are correct and available in a timely manner.

  • Prepares analytical data driven reports about production processes for Production leadership, identifying issues, suggesting resolutions and potential improvements to drive improvements in production efficiency and reliability.

  • Engaging with relevant stakeholders to ensure stock availability for production

  • Analysing trends and forecasts to inform the planning process

  • Working closely with other departments of the business including purchasing, sales, warehouse and distribution to improve the management of systems and processes.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Innovative thinker - looks for new ways of working that enhances the quality of our products and processes, in ways that are efficient and cost effective.

  • Self-Motivated- On time delivery is essential within the business so you will need to have the drive and perseverance to push through necessary actions to deliver excellent results.

  • Ownership and accountability - Ensure that you use your own initiative whilst taking ownership and accountability for planning activities.

  • Collaboratively - works with and through others to achieve excellence.

  • Decision Making - Makes good decisions based upon a mixture of data analysis, wisdom, experience and judgement.

  • Problem Solving - takes a practical and logical approach to problem-solving

  • Time Management - has the ability to work well under pressure and take on new challenges

  • Communication - Strong communication skills to ensure clear and effective communicates are delivered.

    Essential Skills

  • Good written and oral communication skills, excellent logical problem-solving ability supported by a good data analysis capability.

  • Demonstrable experience of investigating and solving planning related production issues.

  • In depth experience of production planning in a small batch manufacturing environment

  • High level of proficiency in MS Office, especially Excel.

  • Experience of using ERP in a batch manufacturing environment. Knowledge of IFS ERP system would be beneficial.

  • Experience of people management and leading a team.

Desirable Skills

  • Qualified to degree level or equivalent.

  • Knowledge of ceramic processing and or electro ceramics.

gap personnel group are committed to the selection, recruitment and development of the best people, basing judgements solely on the suitability for the job.

Closing Date: 30th April 2018

Required skills

  • ERP
  • Manufacturing
  • Production Planning

Reference: 34843719

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