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Master Production Planner

Job Description

Are you a Master Production Planner? A leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail requires a Master Production Planner to provide key support to their executive team. The company delivers world-class manufacturing and services, enabling digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems.

They are focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. The company has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world.

This Master Production Planner role requires an individual who can make an impact. Do you want to go into uncharted waters...do things that haven't been done before to help forge a culture and make the lives of others better? That is exactly what is needed from this Master Production Planner.

Can you lead and manage change and inspire it in others? If so, apply for this Master Production Planner role today based in the Midlands.

Key responsibilities for this Master Production Planner role:

- All forecasting activities associated with customers and products across the business.
- As a Master Planner, you will work in conjunction with customer facing and internal functions to create and maintain forecast modelling processes to drive MRP demand planning.
- Planning methodologies and techniques per contract/customer will incorporate business intelligence, forecast information, financial requirements and internal utilisation patterns.
- You will be the integration point between Production, Supply Chain and the Sales/Commercial functions to ensure that a structured planning and evaluation cycle is maintained.
- You will produce clear and robust monthly Sales, Operations & Inventory Planning (SIOP) cycle and control processes.
- Responsible for the creation of the Master Production Schedule.
- You will operate as the deputy relative to all planning and forecasting processes across the business.
- Operate in conjunction with the Inventory lead and internal stakeholders to define inventory holding strategies/rules.
- Drive a continual cycle of inventory management and optimisation.
- Support Stakeholder requirements for new customer bids to evaluate load and capacity planning, inventory modelling and inventory holding requirements and financial impacts.
- Work to support sourcing strategies and the evaluation of Price versus Total Cost of Acquisition.
- Model optimal delivery and supply methodologies to control supply and delivery mechanisms to optimise Working Capital.

Delivery Expectations for this Master Production Planner role:

- Develop demand forecast models (operational forecasts) at multiple levels of aggregation for multiple time horizons as part of a structured demand planning process/function.
- Review historical sales trends, research demand drivers, prepare forecast data, develop statistical forecast models, and evaluate forecast results.
- Introduce and adapt statistical forecasting modelling techniques and methodologies for each contract to optimise performance and Working Capital.
- Coordinate cross-functional research activities to reconcile significant variances and refine the forecast model to reflect updated sales and marketing assumptions and optimise Production planning and utilisation.
- Interact with sales, marketing, and customer finance to understand demand forecast drivers.
- Utilise a collaborative and consensus approach by working with Sales, Marketing and Customer Finance to obtain and ensure that current and accurate information is used for demand forecasts.
- Develop/use/maintain Demand Planning software as the primary forecasting system tool.
- Oversight and governance of the business Sales, Operations & Inventory Planning (SIOP) process and cycle.
- Creation of the Master Production Schedule.
- Control and evaluate all change and financial impacts prior to executive release to MRP through formal process and cross functional sign off.
- Lead and coach internal functions in forecasting techniques and principles to enhance the company's planning capabilities.
- Provide input to the Project Management and Bids processes to developing inventory strategies on new products, and product phase-outs.
- Create short, medium and long-term planning scenarios to support budget and business planning requirements

Knowledge and Experience required for this Master Production Planner role:

- Attention to detail and ability to process large volumes of data.
- Right First Time Accuracy and timely completion of tasks.
- Sales forecasting and Demand process knowledge is essential.
- Understanding of statistics and experience of working with large volumes of data.
- Previously worked in sales forecasting/demand planning environment.
- Detailed knowledge of SAP or Oracle MRP processing advantageous.
- Product & Customer knowledge is desirable.
- Advanced skills in the use of Microsoft Packages and databases (Excel expertise required).
- Comprehensive experience in forecasting and modelling software packages.
- Ability to analyse and interpret complex data.
- Excellent communication skills both written & verbal.
- Analytically minded with a strong attention to detail.
- Ability to work cross functionally
- Degree qualification in Mathematics, Statistics or related subject, Business Studies or equivalent work experience would be preferred.

Package offered for this Master Production Planner role:

- £500-550 per day working outside IR35.
- Initial 6-month contract.
- Based in Burton-on-Trent.

If you are interested in this Master Production Planner position, then please apply via this job board or call Ben Matthews on 07734 979 689. You can email Ben at ben.matthews@navartis.co.uk

Apply now for this role for further details and immediate consideration. Navartis are an equality and diversity recruitment agent and employer.

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