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Production Planner - CoMan/External Manufacturing

Company: Post Consumer Brands
Location: Lakeville
Posted on: November 15, 2022

Job Description:

Business Unit Overview:
At Post Consumer Brands, we have more than 125 years of experience making the breakfast cereals that people love. And even after a century, we're still innovating. We are driven by our mission to Make Better Happen - and we want YOU to join our team!

Brand:
With names like Pebbles, Honey Bunches of Oats, Great Grains, and Malt-O-Meal in our portfolio, we've earned more spots in the top 50 best-selling brands than any other cereal company. And as the third-ranked company in the cereal category, our business is growing. That's where you come in. Our company is a hearty mix of ambitious people who want to make great things happen. -

Location Description:
Post Consumer Brands corporate headquarters in Lakeville, Minn. is about 20 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Lakeville has all the benefits of smaller town living with access to everything a large metropolitan area has to offer. Join more than 400 team members collaborating on the two-building campus to help put breakfast on the tables of millions of consumers in North America. -

Responsibilities:
OVERVIEW: - The Production Planner is accountable for the establishment and the management of the production schedules for the entire sites including lines, flavor types, display pallets, and co-manufactured products within their portfolio. - This includes the creation of production schedules that balance the competing needs of customer service levels, manufacturing efficiencies, and proper lead times while maintaining inventory levels within the range set forth through the Sales and Operations Planning (S) process. - Primary responsibilities of the Production Planner are to prepare, plan, issue and control production schedules to meet ongoing and promotional demand. - It is important to follow the standard processes, leverage technology and improve best practices to positively impact results. - Support, implement, and maintain food safety and quality practices as required through SQF. - Other key functions the position works with:Customer Solutions - to maintain service level targets on customer ordersMaster Supply Planning - to understand and implement the supply plans, to coordinate flavor type changes, and to problem solve and prioritize as needed to maximize customer service levelsDemand Planning - to increase service levels through refinement and understanding of the demand signalTransportation - to coordinate loads to Co-Manufacturers, ensure availability when needed, minimize excess product movement, and schedule direct plant shipmentsFinance - to track and reconcile purchase orders with Co-Manufacturer invoicesMaterial Planning - to assure production schedules and modifications are compatible with ingredient and packaging lead times and availabilityOperations - to create schedules as efficiently as possible for processing and packaging given current demand requirements, labor plans, promotions and service levelsWarehouse - to execute build schedules for display palletsOther Production Planners - to coordinate production plans across networks, and to confirm and increase availability of required finished good and semi-finished good itemsCo-Manufacturers - to coordinate production schedules and requirements across businessesWorking Location: Office/Remote Hybrid. - This role is located at the Lakeville, MN Corporate officeThis position is in-office with a flexible schedule that may entail working from home a couple of days out of the week. #LI-hybrid -Responsibilities and Accountabilities:Develop and implement appropriate production strategies and best practices for a complex and evolving set of SKU's across production sites, lines, flavor types, and promotionsCreate and maintain long-term and daily production schedules that meet target customer service levels, are operationally efficient, maintain flexibility, and reduce risk of excess inventoryResponsively adjust production schedules to meet changing demands within the guidelines of lead times, labor planning, packaging and ingredient availability, production lock windows, and stated planning timelinesCommunicate at multiple levels both inside and outside the organization to discuss causes and impacts of schedule changes, compare capacity and demand, and escalate risks for awareness and mitigationUse Short Interval Controls on Key Performance Indicators to identify issues and make appropriate revisions within the production schedule. Escalate as needed for root cause analysis or cross-functional problem solving to pursue opportunities and resolve recurring issuesAlign weekly and daily production schedules with the S supply and network plansIntegrate with operations, warehousing and Co-Manufacturers to achieve operations efficiency through proper production sequencing and understanding of operational limitationsDemonstrate continuous improvement in the schedule sequencing, routing, labor planning, communication and/or the scheduling processProvide recommendations to improve service and reduce costs through process improvementsProvide cross-functional leadership and expertise within the assigned production sites, lines and flavor types

Qualifications:
EDUCATION:Bachelor degree in Supply Chain, Business, Accounting or related field is preferredIntegrated planning systems training like ERP/DRP/MPS/MRP/CRP is requiredProfessional certification from APICS and/or ISM is desirableEXPERIENCE:Would prefer a minimum of 5 years of combined related experience operating in areas of inventory control, production scheduling, master planning, demand management, capacity management, materials management, or distribution resource planning; with preference in food processing/packagingStrong knowledge of manufacturing systems and processesAble to build relationships

Keywords: Post Consumer Brands, Lakeville , Production Planner - CoMan/External Manufacturing, Other , Lakeville, Minnesota

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