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Production Planner job description

Production Planners are professionals in charge of ensuring that all materials and goods required for production go into the right place exactly when they should. They work closely with managers and engineers to ensure everything runs smoothly without any hiccups along the way.

Production Planner responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating production workflow for one or multiple products
  • Planning and prioritizing operations to ensure maximum performance and minimum delay
  • Determining manpower, equipment and raw materials needed to cover production demand

production planner job description

Job brief

We are looking for a qualified Production Planner to organize production according to demand and quality standards. You will be the one to ensure our goods are produced on time for distribution in a profitable manner.

An excellent production planner is well-versed in production procedures and ways to optimize them. They are organized and results-driven with great problem-solving skills. Advanced communication and computer skills are very useful for the role.

The goal is to ensure the smooth and cost-efficient flow of our production operations.


  • Coordinate production workflow for one or multiple products
  • Plan and prioritize operations to ensure maximum performance and minimum delay
  • Determine manpower, equipment and raw materials needed to cover production demand
  • Assign workers and other staff to particular production operations
  • Schedule shift according to production needs
  • Monitor jobs to ensure they will finish on time and within budget
  • Address issues when they arise aiming for minimum disruption
  • Obtain output information (number of finished products, percentage of defectives etc.)
  • Prepare and submit status and performance reports
  • Keep paperwork organized
  • Collaborate with quality control, warehouse and other staff

Requirements and skills

  • Proven experience as production planner
  • Excellent knowledge of production planning and quality control principles
  • Experience in MRP II (Manufacturing resource planning)
  • Working knowledge of MS Office and ERP systems
  • Good at math and statistics
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication abilities
  • High school diploma; Further education or certification is preferred

Frequently asked questions

What does a Production Planner do?

Production Planners to account for every detail in the production process. They make sure there's enough material and equipment available, maintaining clean working spaces so they can run smoothly without interruption or risk of damage.

What are the duties and responsibilities of a Production Planner?

The Production Planner is responsible for scheduling the usage of production materials to ensure optimal levels. The Planner must evaluate suppliers or quality timeliness and match according to goals. They also monitor material supply flow and identify any shortages or bottlenecks in usage that may arise.

What makes a Good Production Planner?

A successful Production Planner should have excellent problem-solving skills to optimize production efficiency without any hiccups along the way. They also need advanced communication abilities and computer knowledge when technology is required.

Who does a Production Planner work with?

A Production Planner works alongside a Production Manager, ensuring the production process can run smoothly. The Planner may report potential production plans and methods to the manager and seek approval.

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