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Production Planner

Job Location: Chicago, IL

Company description

Ferrero is a family-owned company with a truly progressive and global outlook and iconic brands such as Nutella®, Tic Tac®, Ferrero Rocher®, Raffaello®, Kinder Bueno® and Kinder Surprise®. As the love for our brands continues to grow, so too does our global reach. Represented in 55 countries, with products sold in more than 170, the Ferrero Group is loved by generations around the world. The secret to our global success? Nearly 35,000 dedicated employees who celebrate care and quality to craft a business, careers and brands we are proud of. Join us, and you could be one of them. 

Diversity Statement

Ferrero is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture in which all employees feel welcomed and appreciated and have the same opportunities. We believe all of our people are equally talented in their own way. In nurturing the curiosity and natural abilities of our employees, we provide them, generation after generation, the means to succeed personally and professionally, enabling them to craft their journey at Ferrero. The diversity of our talents is what makes our work environment multicultural, innovative and highly rewarding.

About the Role:

Ensure optimal scheduling of short to long-term production & materials for the Franklin Park Production Unit in order to meet the production budget in the allotted periods and volumes coordinated with the Commercial Market Unit.  Ensuring in stock of all necessary raw materials and packaging related to semi-finished and finished product codes.  This position is a combination of Central planning, local planning and materials planning. This position is operational but with supervisory accountability of others in their brand team.  They will report on behalf of the grouping to the Manager and be responsible to delegate and coach as needed.  They will participate and have accountability in the yearly budget process related to volumes and materials.

Main Responsibilities:

Local production planning (short and long term)
•    Review the plans feasibility based on the line capacity, manpower and shift standards;
•    Collaborate with sourcing material planners to ensure packaging and raw materials are delivered on time
•    Prepare the following weeks production schedule and share with UGP Managers, Maintenance Manager, and RTO’s
•    Ensure short to long term production schedule is as accurate to Market requests, maintain Market stock coverage within Market coverage thresholds
•    Lead/participate in production meetings and review which lines to run and overtime requirements
•    Communicate the manpower requirements with Production and Human Resources
•    Act as main liaison for short term & long-term requirements between plant and market units
•    Review and manage inventory & freshness of bulk, ensuring targets of freshness are met, management of reporting and sharing of information
Schedule Adjustments and Variances
•    Review production requirement in APO from previous week 
•    Manage any changes to the production schedule
•    Monitor the production requests variability from the BU and adjust the production schedule
•    Daily/Weekly analysis of the attainment and PPA
•    Maintain daily communication with UGP Managers and RTO’s
Long Term Forecast Planning
•    Review long term production forecast and determine manpower requirements
•    LPP of forecasted production date of all new SKU’s
•    Create long term capacity forecasts for materials for warehouse/supply chain
•    Manage the semi-finished & Bulk + Cold storage and Frozen Inventory (where applicable) 
•    Determine the end of cold storage/defrosting requirements for Bulk products
•    Maintain inventory levels in target with department and group KPI’s 
•    Validate packaging & inventory adjustments with Material management
•    Investigate adjustments and track and measure stock outs
Materials Management
•    Review production forecast weekly and prepare purchase requisition for materials
•    Schedule packaging with the suppliers (delivery times) weekly call off
•    Ensure ordered materials (packaging) arrive within time periods and quantities agreed upon
•    Establish and monitor the warehouse inventory levels (packaging)
•    Critical reporting/short term criticalities of packaging
Supplier Relationship
•    Develop and maintain a strong positive rapport with all suppliers
•    Responsible for capacity planning in relation to molds at the vendor sites
•    Responsible for the forecasting of packaging
Warehouse Support
•    Ensure scheduled lines & PO’s are open and accurate for receiving
•    Support capacity planning with detailed analysis of future material needs

Who we are looking for:

  • Bachelors degree preferred
  • Knowledge of planning and supply chain processes
  • Knowledge of SAP for material planning
  • Knowledge of production scheduling
  • Knowledge of inventory management and optimization
  • Knowledge of materials replenishments (MRP)
  • Knowledge of logistics, warehousing and distribution
  • Knowledge of continuous improvement
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Programs (especially Excel)
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment with a positive attitude  
  • Italian/Spanish language skills an asset

How to be successful in the role and at Ferrero:

Consumers, quality and care are at the heart of everything we do. So, to be successful at Ferrero, you’ll need to be just as consumer and product centric as we are - dedicated to crafting brilliant results for consumers around the world. 

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