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Planner, Production

Date: May 24, 2019

Location: Avon Lake, OH, US, 44012

Company: Southwire Company LLC

A leader in technology and innovation, Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America’s largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, OEM wire products and engineered products. In addition, Southwire supplies assembled products, contractor equipment and hand tools. We are proud to offer competitive compensation, employee benefits, tuition reimbursement, and unlimited growth opportunities. Our nearly seven decades of progressive growth can be attributed to our determination to developing innovative systems and solutions, exercising environmental stewardship and enhancing the wellbeing of our communities. How will you power what’s possible? 

Job Summary/Objective:

The Production Planner coordinates and expedites the flow of work and materials within or between departments according to daily and weekly production schedules; delivering finished goods inventories at/below target levels, supporting cost effectiveness objectives at the Plant, and meeting other strategic objectives.

Essential Job Functions:

·         Liaison between Sales, Manufacturing and Engineering

·         As jobs are received from Sales, starts the planning process.  This process involves determining plant capacity, raw materials lead time, and utilizing the MRP system (Syteline) to schedule jobs.

·         Use various IT systems such as Syteline to determine products and quantities to manufacture

·         Coordinate production schedules and accommodates priority requirements.

·         Responsible for maintaining customer service levels at acceptable levels by scheduling production in an efficient manner.  This includes identifying bottlenecks and analyzing loading vs capacity.

·         Must understand manufacturing work flows in all areas of the Plant.

·         Responsible for reviewing WIP levels to keep obsolete inventory at a minimum.

·         Must support the production departments and work closely with the supervisors in the plant.  Confers with supervisors identifying priorities and making sure operations are meeting schedule.

·         Coordinate the workflow for manufacturing operations from quoting items until the material has been completed and entered into finished goods ready to ship.

·         Work with the Coordinator of VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory) to ensure proper stock is on hand.

·         Ensure jobs are cut and released timely to the Production floor to meet strict deadlines.

·         Participate in daily production meetings; makes necessary adjustments to reflect changes in customer requirements, material receipt delays, and production capacity requirements.

·         Direct interaction with production supervisors to include at least 2+ on the production floor ensuring priorities and schedules are being met.


·         Problem Solving/Analysis

·         Self-directed with a sense of urgency

·         Collaboration/Teamwork

·         Customer/Client Focus

Supervisory Responsibility:

No direct reports.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Required Education and Experience:

1.        Bachelor’s degree in Business or Supply Chain or related field.  3+ years in production planning in a manufacturing environment or equivalent combination of education and experience.

2.        ERP System Proficiency – Syteline or SAP is preferred.

3.       Significant analytical capabilities.

4.       Proficiency with Excel.  Strong knowledge of pivot tables and lookups.

5.       Ability to interact with customers, management, inter and intra-departmental co-workers; sales production personnel.  Heavy interaction/consulting with Production Supervisors exists. 

6.       Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.

7.       Must have excellent verbal and written skills along with exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills.

Other Duties:

·         Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

·         Some travel may be required.

Southwire is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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