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Production Planner

United States
Work Location:
Sanford/Precision Forming
North Carolina
Advertising End Date:
05 May 2019
Job Type:
About The Opportunity

The Production Planner is a key team member primarily responsible for effective scheduling production lines and the 13 week MPS horizon of customer demand. The Production Planners are responsible for effective WIP and Finished Goods inventory management in support of US CVJ manufacturing facilities.

This position focuses on effective production planning throughout an internal GKN supply and external supplier network. The successful candidate must ensure appropriate use of system tools and constantly drive accuracy in planning data.


Key Responsibilities
  • Serve and the key customer plant contact

  • Coordinate prototype, PSW builds and service builds

  • Prioritize and sequence assembly

  • Develop build schedules for assigned OEM lines

  • Establish kanban card requirements for finished assemblies and major components.

  • Ensure interval calculations are maintained.

  • Support 90-day MPS plan through release of daily/weekly build schedules to supporting facilities

  • Participate in plant improvements programs (CI, VMI, eKanban)

  • Prepare truck schedules to meet customer demand

  • Ensure manufactured component availability

  • Communicate performance measurements for assigned areas (on-time delivery, attainment)Support planning requirements through appropriate MRP review, EDI Releases, ASN management

  • Drive KPI improvement (Stock Turns, Premium Freight, Supplier DSA, Customer DSA, Customer Past Due)

  • Promote the GKN values.

  • Support the intern/co-op program developing new talent to bring into the organization


Qualifications / Experience / Skills

Bachelors’ degree in Supply Chain Mgmt/Procurement/Logistics, Business or related field preferred, CPIM preferred.
  • Excellent written, verbal communication and analytical skills
  • 3+ years inventory/production planning experience in a high volume manufacturing environment (preferably automotive)
  • MRP based planning experience required, EDI Release management preferred
  • Kanban/pull systems and systems management preferred
  • Education required: Bachelors degree preferred(Supply Chain, Logistics, Engineering, Operations, Business Administration)
  • APICS certification preferred
  • Microsoft Office skills required
  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced, goal-oriented, and time-sensitive environment
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with shop floor personnel
About Us
As a global business serving the world's leading vehicle manufacturers, GKN Driveline develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of automotive driveline products and systems, for use in everything from the most sophisticated premium vehicles that demand complex driving dynamics, to the smallest ultra-low-cost cars.
Diversity and Inclusion

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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