Production Planner

Date: May 1, 2022

Location: Waukegan, IL, US

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Job Purpose

You will be responsible for developing the factory plan for the short (12-weeks) and long term (24 months) in which you fulfill market demand while considering factory capacity/constraints.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage the MPS/MRP process and resolve exceptions in accordance with IBP rules
  • Master production plan 13-week horizon/ 1 week/ daily release for production plant/ cells while keeping in line with agreements made on capacity
  • Finite production and capacity planning based on factory calendar and EBQs. Make sure the Rough Cut Capacity Plan (RCCP) process and planned production capability exceptions for Supply Points are managed (x production sites and relevant tollers/TPMs)
  • Release production orders to the site in line with agreements made with the site. Review schedule adherence and drive improvement
  • Manage demand exceptions with Scheduler and SP Manager. Support the site schedulers and site with analyses when needed to create visibility
  • Work together with DRP Planners to understand customer requirements and incorporate this in the production plan
  • Drive gate keeping meetings with the other departments and support with providing relevant KPI’s to measure performance
  • Provide impact analysis when needed to show the impact of decisions or scenarios to the plan. Support on reporting where necessary
  • Balance service level (OTIF) and inventory targets (OWC), whilst understanding cost impacts on manufacturing
  • Manage reduction and prevention of slow and obsolete stock. Ensure rework and scrapping at the site/primary DC
  • Inputs to inventory strategy including safety stock settings on existing, new and phase-out products
  • Ensure master data correctness & proper housekeeping of transactional data
  • Support projects and process improvement to enhance performance and efficiency of the required planning activities

Key Performance Indicators

  • Service – ensure on time and in full targets (Delivery Capability) 
  • Inventory within target levels – both in value and in days
  • SLOBs – slow moving and obsolete stock in value
  • Supply bias/ production plan adherence

Level of Autonomy

  • Decisions related to creation and releasement of the master production planning
  • Low-impact exception management decisions
  • Adjust replenishment policies for a set of products

Job Requirements

  • At least 1-year experience in Supply Planning in FMCG, Paint/Coating or Retail
  • Experience on Supply Planning in SAP and BI
  • University Education (e.g. Engineering, Business Administration, Economics, Supply Chain Management, Logistics or other relevant discipline) with Degree or equivalent qualification
  • Focused on results
  • Good problem-solving skills, able to identify and structure issues, run accurate analyses and synthesize recommendations
  • Strong desire to challenge and improve status-quo 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, flexibility and able to work under-pressure
  • Fluent and able to work in English. Understanding and sensitivity to different cultural behaviours


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AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable laws, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Requisition ID: 17036 

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