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Production Planner


Company Summary

Managed as part the Riverbend Industries portfolio, Phoenix Manufacturing, Inc (“PMI”) designs, markets, sales, and manufactures various high-efficiency residential and industrial evaporative cooler systems under the Frigiking®, Aerocool®, and Ecokool® brands. For almost fifty years, PMI has been providing quality cooling solutions and exceptional customer service to customers across the western United States and beyond. 

Riverbend Industries Inc. (“RBI”) is a private family-owned portfolio holding company headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. The portfolio is primarily comprised of several small, independently operated, previously family-run businesses in the light manufacturing and distribution sectors. The portfolio is a long-term holder of its investments and plans to grow both organically and through acquisitions into the foreseeable future.

Position Summary:

 The Production Planner is responsible for developing daily or weekly production schedules to ensure that production deadlines are met. Production Planner will determine   material, equipment, and labor requirements, prepare status and performance reports, and resolve production issues. They will with Sales and Product   Management to develop and manage forecast for long range material planning   while considering current inventory, obsolescence, lead times, product life   cycles and production capacity. 


Essential Job Functions:

  • The   Production Planner will have several Roles and Responsibilities including, but   not limited to the following:
  • Assists Materials Manager in establishing forecast processes,   maintaining short and medium term production and inventory plans
  • Acts as manufacturing liaison to Sales/ Marketing as to updates and commitments on work orders completed   status, as well as product shipments
  • Assists Materials Manager in developing Production (Build) plan based on demand requirements from   actual Sales Orders. Translates the build plan into firm work orders to drive   MRP
  • Assists Materials Manager in coordinating and executing the Production Plan with Manufacturing   and Shipping Teams for timely and accurate completion. Provides daily   Dispatch List (Production Schedule) for implementation
  • Works closely with Materials Manager and   Purchasing to ensure raw materials support of the Production plan and   provides timely feedback to Sales/Marketing for any deviation from original   expectation
  • Provides procedural support to   production floor Supervisors and Coordinators and Inventory Clerk on any   manufacturing related transactions
  • Schedules and supports initial build   and ramp-up of new product releases
  • Distribute production schedules and or/work orders to   departments 
  • Record production data, including volume produced, consumption   of raw materials, or quality control   measures.(entering completed WO’s)
  • Responsible to compile and distribute daily reports and other   requested information in a timely manner
  • Excellent organizational, verbal and written communicational   skills 
  • Anticipate needs and delivery timely, relevant solutions and   actions 
  • Able to develop rapport and relationships with all levels of   employees 
  • Capable of handling sensitive, critical information, self-directed and independent 
  • Ability to quickly adapt to current conditions and to multi-task   efficiently and effectively
  • Must perform all work in accordance with all safety procedures
  • Identify/analyze cycle count errors and provide “root   cause” analysis
  • Will perform duties in both office and Manufacturing plant   environment 
  • Develops and implements strategies to simplify process, improve accuracy, and improve   operating efficiency
  • Provides   appropriate direction and support to team members to ensure effectiveness and   efficiency of inventory controls systems and procedures
  • Excellent organizational, verbal and written communicational   skills 
  • Able to develop rapport and relationships with all levels of   employees 
  • Ability to quickly adapt to current conditions and to multi-task   efficiently and effectively
  • Will perform duties in both office and Manufacturing plant   environment 
  • Must perform all work in accordance with all applicable safety   procedures
  • Able to work Overtime based on production requirements
  • Other duties and responsibilities as required

This is a guideline to help you evaluate the position additional duties as required

Required Skills   and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or a related field, or an equivalent combination of formal
    education and materials management/manufacturing experience
  • Three or more years of professional experience with production planning and/or materials logistics
  • Minimum 3-5 years Inventory process experience, analyzing complex data and working with cross-functional teams in a fast-paced distribution operations environment
  • APICS/ASCM – CPIM Certification a plus 
  • Software/Technical Skills (Intermediate)
  • MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PPT)
  • Warehouse Management System Knowledge
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong interpersonal and communication skills to interact with all levels of the organization as well as professionally represent the company to outside parties
  • Ability to foster and build relationships with cross-functional team members throughout the organization. 
  • Ability to effectively explain and interpret organizational policies and procedures
  • Superb skills in problem solving and critical thinking with attention to detail and follow-up
  • Ability to   work as needed, particularly during high volume periods, to ensure that   departmental objectives are accomplished
  • Capacity to apply a good understanding to carry out detailed   written or oral instructions; deal with problems involving variable in standardized situations; understand fundamental flow of shop material and its problems or material handling

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