The Plant Scheduler is responsible for proactively maintaining and continuously improving the finite production schedule, ensuring all materials are on hand to meet production needs, and partnering with the Plant Leadership to deliver operational commitments. This role is responsible for complete and accurate communication to all levels of the Supply Chain Team, providing the information necessary in a clear and concise manner, and enabling exemplary service and business results.
Essential Functions & Key Responsibilities:
- Build attainable Master Production Schedule to meet customer service goals, optimize inventory investments and meet production requirements.
- Develop a master schedule to establish sequence and lead time of each operation to meet shipping dates required by sales forecasts or customer orders.
- Maximize the utilization of manufacturing assets while providing the product mix dictated by Supply Planning and customers’ orders. Taking into account materials, employee, and equipment availability.
- Works closely with supply planning, and operations associates to evaluate capacity.
- Revise production schedules when required due to design changes, labor or material shortages, backlogs, or other interruptions, collaborating with Management, Customer Service, and Production.
- Communicate production issues and coordinate resolution.
- Partner with Plant Supervisors and Operators, Supply Planning, Procurement, Distribution and Customer Service to coordinate production and shipping activities and to resolve complaints or eliminate delays.
- Leverage MPS/MRP system to calculate figures such as required amounts of labor, materials, and manufacturing costs.
- Responsible for key performance indicators such as fill rates, schedule adherence and attainment, inventory days of supply (DOS) and SLOB (Slow moving and obsolete) levels.
- Monitor production data, including volume produced, consumption of raw materials, and quality control measures, using this information for Continuous Improvement activities such as maintenance of routings and BOM’s, increasing accuracy of production schedule and efficiency reporting.
- Monitor excess and obsolete WIP, raw material and component inventory.
- Perform planning and related data analysis needed for cross-functional projects.
- Partner effectively with external departments including Supply Planning, Procurement, Customer Service, R&D, Quality, Finance, Marketing, and Manufacturing to resolve issues impacting areas of responsibility.
- Generate daily or weekly production reports to managers for critical decision-making purposes.
- Works with operations to develop potential solutions to improve production performance.
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required. A focused degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Math, Engineering, or Logistics is preferred. Or 15+ Yrs Scheduling experience in perishable goods in lieu of Bachelor’s degree.
- Minimum of 4 years of manufacturing plant scheduling experience is required. Food manufacturing experience is preferred.
- Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Excel skills and spreadsheet proficiency.
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team and take independent initiatives when the need arises.
- Able to manage multiple projects and initiatives while maintaining a strong sense of urgency and leadership.
- Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills required.
- Strong analytical, leadership, and planning skills.
- Experience with Six Sigma/Process Excellence Tools, Training, and/or certification is preferred.
- Experience with Microsoft D365, SAP/JDA or other leading class ERP system is highly preferred.
- APICS certification is preferred.