A.W. Chesterton Company

Manufacturing Production Planner

2 weeks ago
Job ID
1st Shift


At Chesterton, we have a laser focus on our customers! This job impacts the customer by helping manage the production processes of our products in a way that the customer always receives a quality product in a timely manner.


Job Summary: 


Plans, prepares, issues and controls production schedules and material requirements to ensure a controlled flow of approved materials timed to meet production requirements.  Maintains  component items at targeted inventory levels.  Advises management on the status of work in progress, material availability and potential production problems. Coordinates interdepartmental activity with Quality Control, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Shipping, and Customer Service.  Works closely with Customer Service Team and/or Final Assembly Planners to coordinate customer delivery requirements.



  • From master schedule, review and evaluate planned orders (lot size, minimum balance and order policy codes and demand) through MRP. Take action when necessary.
  • Monitors daily order entry reports and communicates scheduling problems and concerns to Customer Service Team and/or Manufacturing Assembly.
  • Prepares, enters and maintains manufacturing orders for all assigned fabrication components into the business system.
  • Issues daily/weekly production schedule. Adjusts and expedites as required to achieve required customer service levels.
  • Manage customer order backlog, status and maintenance for any affected orders
  • Researches and assigns late shipment reason codes.
  • Participates in root cause analysis reviews.
  • Works with Demand Management to review customer demand history and makes appropriate database adjustments.
  • Establishes and maintains reliability of appropriate database information.
  • Assists management in resolving problems concerning shortages, engineering changes and cancellations of orders.
  • Prepares and provides various reports for management. Participates actively in any required business meetings
  • Develop capacity planning profiles and manage the balance between internal and external capacity.
  • Makes recommendations to improve quality and effectiveness of production and inventory management systems.
  • Audits bills of materials and routings regularly to resolve discrepancies. Reports the accuracy on a monthly basis.
  • Supports the MRPII process in reviewing, auditing and analyzing manufacturing orders, bills of materials and routings, customer detail late shipment and materials plan performance.
  • Participates in cross-functional improvement teams as necessary.


Complexity of Duties:

  • Works under general direction. Must be capable of working independently and as a team player.  Work is reviewed for overall adequacy and accuracy in meeting objectives.
  • Must possess thorough understanding of materials, scheduling, inventory control and planning functions as well as a solid understanding of a manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to provide solutions to a wide variety of problems and use sound judgment in decision-making processes. Failure to do so may cause delays in program schedules and result in the allocation of additional resources.
  • Ability to interact well at all levels of the division. Ability to act as a liaison between Customer Service and Manufacturing. 


Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent in manufacturing experience. CPIM certificate is strongly preferred.
  • 3-5 plus years of job related experience preferably in a manufacturing environment.


Other Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to work under extreme pressure and manage a number of projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to make a positive impact through change management
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Lean continuous improvement skills a strong plus
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Must be able and willing to achieve CPIM certification.
  • Ability to work in an ISO 9001;2008 and ISO 14001;2004 environment.


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.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Employees assigned to certain tasks within this job may be required to participate in our Medical Surveillance Program.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, talk or hear and reach with hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.  Moderate noise (i.e.; computer printers, traffic) exists daily in the work environment. Typical conditions include office and machine shop environments, working with computers and other office tools.  Must be willing to wear proper protective equipment and adhere to all safety requirements in a machine shop environment. 


All of A.W. Chesterton Company employment is contingent upon successfully passing a background check, drug test, and the respective medical surveillance requirements.


Chesterton is an equal opportunity employer  M/F/V/D




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