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  • Production Planner

    Job Location(s) US-PA-Murrysville
    Posted Date 2 months ago(11/15/2019 11:52 AM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Global Supply Chain
    Is Relocation Being Offered?
  • Overview

    This position reports to the Supply Chain Manager.  The primary responsibilities of this role are to schedule production work cells and purchase materials from internal and external sources to achieve targeted outbound fill rate, meet working capital goals, and minimize total costs.



    • Purchase direct materials from suppliers by negotiating price, quantity and delivery to ensure a quality product is consistently delivered on-time and in-full to support world class delivery performance objectives.  This includes expediting or deferring material with suppliers to meet unforeseen changes in demand. Maintain on-time and in-full delivery to the customer at or above targeted levels.
    • Schedule manufacturing work centers using best practice supply chain management principles and techniques to achieve internal and outbound fill rate and inventory goals.
    • Efficiently manage the overall movement of freight where costs and service are optimized.
    • Partner with Demand Planning to generate accurate, SKU-level forecasts by executing collaborative planning forecasting and replenishment techniques and set system parameters and master data to drive on-time and in-full delivery while optimizing inventory.
    • Represent the factory on New Product Development (NPD) teams as it relates to master data set-up and the purchase of direct materials in support of new product introductions.
    • Fully utilize the MSA Operating System to correctly identify root causes of problems and drive corrective action plans.
    • Develop strategies and use knowledge based management principles to drive consolidation of spend by commodity and supplier to continuously improve cost, quality and delivery.
    • Regularly analyze on-time delivery performance, inventory accuracy, inventory efficiency, and total costs to ensure the supply chain is optimized.
    • Work in close collaboration with Global Sourcing to negotiate and establish contracts with suppliers that are in alignment with Corporate terms and conditions.
    • Special projects as required.



    • Clear and effective written and verbal communication
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Persuasive and strong interpersonal relationship skills
    • Proven analytical and associated skills including working with relational databases.
    • Initiative and innovation in identifying opportunities for improvement
    • Proficient in the use of Excel and Word
    • Strong negotiating skills
    • Demonstrated ability to take the lead to drive change and process
    • Ability to travel approximately 10% domestically and internationally


    • Experience using SAP for production control
    • Proficient in Access and PowerPoint
    • Advanced skills with Excel based on level of experience.
    • Domestic and International sourcing experience
    • Source planning with MSA affiliates


    • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Supply Chain Management, Industrial Engineering, Logistics or related field
    • This position is available at three different career levels based upon experience, education, etc.:

      o Level one: Entry Level

      o  Level two: 4 years of planning, transportation, logistics and/or purchasing experience

      o Level three: 6 years of planning, transportation, logistics and/or purchasing experience



    • APICS or ISM accreditation





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