De La Rue, Westhoughton, is a key manufacturing plant within a large and successful international group. The company produces a range of products based on the printing and converting of films for the security paper/polymer industries.

We are seeking a Production Planner to work closely with all areas of the business to ensure that the production process is planned, and product is delivered in a timely and efficient manner – on time and in full. A keen focus in identifying potential problems areas and bottlenecks and the ability to work closely with other Departments to head off and eliminate/minimise the impact of these challenges.

Key Responsibilities

  • To analyse customer forecast, previous orders and all relevant planning information providing daily/weekly production forecasts ensuring customer demands are satisfied and stock levels maintained
  • Create annual capacity plans and regularly highlight spare capacity and work with production to identify alternate lines for over production capacity
  • Create forecast plans for peak demand periods and shutdown
  • Evaluate productivity and efficiencies by product lines
  • To ensure the production plan is realistic reviewing people, plant and material to meet the needs and optimise the resources of the business, which is agreed and accepted as achievable by Manufacturing
  • Manage the inventory per production to reduce number of day’s stock held and increase inventory turnover
  • To work closely with Procurement and Logistics to ensure the materials are on site to meet the production plan using the existing ERP system
  • To be proactive, hands on and pragmatic working closely with operations monitoring the progress against the plan and ensuring feedback on deviations are provided in a timely manner for adjustments to be made
  • To interpret production plans and customer requirements via MRP system
  • To monitor the progress of orders so ensuring all risks and issues (potential or otherwise) are addressed with the appropriate staff informed in a timely manner
  • To continually develop the planning process to make it more visible, more automated and easier to update. To achieve this by working with IT and the other functions on site
  • To meet operational KPI’s and targets as required

The above list is not exhaustive. You will be required to undertake other duties within your capabilities, consistent with this role, to support the needs of the business

Essential skills, qualifications and expertise

  • Experience in a complex manufacturing environment and the planning within a complex production facility
  • Competence in Microsoft Office packages
  • Experience in using ERP systems
  • Knowledge of printing would be an advantage
  • Excellent negotiating and influencing skills with the ability to make informed decisions
  • Good team player with the ability to work closely with other departments at all levels
  • Excellent analytical, organisational and communication skills are essential

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