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Production Planner

Portland, OR, USA
Essential Functions: 

It is essential for all employees to adhere to Company policies. 

  1. Ensure adequate material flow in work area. 
  2. Review and analyze when production schedules are, or will be, behind schedule and communicate/ coordinate with appropriate support groups (Sourcing, Quality, Engineering) to meet scheduled commitments. 
  3. Monitor and report on the status of upstream and downstream parts and pending shortages such as quality and supplier issues that impact production capabilities. 
  4. Ensure downstream cells are supplied with parts on time. 
  5. Shift machine priorities to facilitate builds as needed 
  6. Notify upstream processes of forecasted shortage problems. 
  7. Ensure inventory tracking systems are followed. 
  8. Provide input to improve on-time delivery of components. 
  9. Investigate short falls in production output. 
  10. Create and monitor production expectations and deliverables based on master production schedule. 
  11. Prioritize production build according to MPS and set the rate of production for assembled parts to meet MPS commitments. 
  12. Prevent over/under production and troubleshoot root causes of missed production targets. 
  13. Set optimal inventory levels and loop sizes for value stream parts. 
  14. Work with Capacity & Operations Engineer to evaluate cards 
  15. Have an in depth understanding of card levels in relation to MPS so increases/decreases in MPS are met with the corresponding moves in cards 
  16. Develop spreadsheets, charts and reports pertaining to production requirements, inventories, and/or schedule performance. 
  17. Support cycle counts of components and assist production with reconciliation of variances. Record discrepancies and/or expands cycle counts to other areas for further review. 
  18. Determine the value streams for part # (all possible paths/options) and their critical path to increase flow and minimize lead time. 
  19. Represent the department in meetings as needed, such as weekly SIOP or the morning production meeting. 

Additional Functions: 

  1. Participate as required on special project teams to validate and improve data integrity in the manufacturing systems. 
  2. Work on NPI and EOL projects.  
  3. Serve as a mentor to Planner I’s in the department. 
  4. Help facilitate the year end physical inventory process. 


  1. Collaborates – Build partnerships and work collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives. 
  2. Communicates effectively – Develop and deliver a variety of communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences. 
  3. Customer focus – Build strong customer relationships and deliver customer-centric solutions. 
  4. Decision quality – Make good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward. 
  5. Demonstrates self-awareness – Use a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses. 
  6. Drives results – Consistently achieve results, even under tough circumstances. 
  7. Ensures accountability – Hold self and others accountable to meet commitments. 
  8. Instills trust – Gain the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity. 
  9. Optimizes work processes – Know the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.  
  10. Resourcefulness – Secure and deploy resources effectively and efficiently. 
  11. Self-development – Actively seek new ways to grow and be challenged using both formal and informal development channels. 
  12. Situational adaptability – Adapt approach and demeanor in real time to match the shifting demands of different situations. 

Education and/or Experience: 

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Management, Accounting or Statistics or combination of experience and education required. 
  2. 1-3 years Planning experience in a fast-paced manufacturing environment.  
  3. Fluent office and computer skills, including but not limited to, ERP systems (AX Dynamics preferred), MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS Word.  
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