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Production planning Manager

Position: Production Planning Manager Location: Newton NC Duration: Full time Role Purpose Co-ordinate monthly plant planning process (SIOP) and facilitate decision making process in order to balance demand and supply with a consensus plan integrated to site financial and operation plans. Manage weekly plant MPS process ensuring it balances demand and supply within available capacity and Inventory targets and is coherent with the plant SIOP. Key Responsibilities Ensure safe working environment. Manage its team based on Employee Involvement principles Define FG and WIP targets aligned with customer requirements, business strategy and ensures adherence to the strategy for the plant to achieve its targets (Customer DSA, loading and inventory performance, no on-cost). Ensure alignment of systems parameters and rigorous management of planning Master Data Anticipate supply issues and drive management by exception Proactively communicate/escalate to the management team potential delivery issues/constraints to trigger preventive actions in order to mitigate supply failure risk, Coordinate plant SIOP process with input data from Commercial (Demand Plan), ME (Resource Capacity), Manufacturing (demonstrated performance), New Programmes (Phase-in/out), SC (Inventories) and Purchasing (Suppliers capacity), Identify internal and external bottlenecks, Ensure plans are robust - compile what-if scenarios for opportunities and/or risk mitigation, Summarize assumptions and risks to the plans and ensure these are clearly communicated / understood and final plans agreed / signed off with all the stakeholders during plant SIOP review, Facilitate/chair monthly plant SIOP meeting, compile meeting minutes and follow up on actions completion, Ensure that MPS is feasible and meets customer schedules within plant and supplier / subcontractor capacity while same time satisfying plant Inventory targets, Ensure the MPS meets customer's delivery requirements, Ensure the MPS includes planned downtime (e.g. routine maintenance) and any new programmes development / prototyping, Ensure the MPS is balanced regarding internal and external resources capacity and optimized to achieve lowest overall operational costs, Consolidate the MPS of each production unit at plant level and run weekly MPS meeting to communicate and sign the plans off with plant management team, Ensure Planning team is trained to GKN Planning standards and tools Ensure processes relevant KPI's are monitored and PDCA approach applied with A3 in case of deviation to ensure targets are delivered in a sustainable way (e.g.: Schedule Adherence, Customer/Supplier DSA, Inventory Turns) Qualification and Skills Formal Qualifications Essential Bachelor degree in Supply Chain Management/Logistics APICS Basics of Supply Chain Management (BSCM) or equivalent, Desirable APICS Master Planning of Resources certified or equivalent Specific Functional Competencies, Knowledge and Skills Required Essential Expert for Forecasting & Demand Planning, SIOP / MPS / MRP, Daily Scheduling & Execution, Master Data Mgt, Leveraging IT solutionsPractitioner level for Strategic Planning, Inventory Management, End-to-End visibility and data exchange, Strategy & CI Planning, Performance Monitoring, Network & Talent Management, Industry & Product acumen, Project Management, Business Process Excellence, Operations Excellence Desirable Entry level for Transportation Management, Inbound / Outbound Flow, Internal Flow & Warehousing, Budget Mgt and Finance acumen, Lean Mindset & Business Excellence

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