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Master Scheduler

United States
Work Location:
Sanford/Precision Forming
North Carolina
Job Type:
About The Opportunity

What you’ll do

Role Purpose:

Ensure consistently reliable, stable flow of outgoing customer orders required to fully satisfy demand and on-time shipments from site, enabling production cells to satisfactorily meet customer requirements and maintain finished good inventory at established target levels


Key Responsibilities:


  • Receive, analyze and verify customer demand accurately as required by customers
  • Maintain and use information in Material Requirements Planning (MRP) systems to quantify outgoing finished product needs, set completion due dates, schedule and communicate level production load in manufacturing cells, follow through and ensure assembly of required orders in Shipping / Truckload Preparation Area in a way that enables customers to run without interruption due to parts shortages or delays, and to maintain adequate finished goods inventories within established minimum and maximum target levels.
  • Track production output, finished goods, inventory, and customer shipments as needed, counter measuring and escalating any risk of failure to full, on-time shipment of ordered product
  • Communicate and interface with customers to ensure demand information is accurate and verified and correctly entered and maintained in enterprise MRP and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) systems
  • Receive communications from customers and respond as needed
  • Track, monitor, record and report KPIs: Master Schedule Respect Ratio, Delivery Service Attainment, Finished Good Inventory, and Premium Freight and others as needed
  • Minimize, communicate, countermeasure, and escalate production output variation and failure to reliably and fully meet due date commitments
  • Implement, follow and improve material flow management processes, including the verification and reconciliation of discrepant or inaccurate product inventory  
  • Write procedures and document standards according to TS16949 and all other applicable requirements
  • Lead and assist to develop process improvements and implement lean principles as they relate to material and product flow, including visual systems, kanban, heijunka, demand flow / pull systems and others
  • Communicate effectively and with an appropriate sense of urgency across all departments in the plant and with customers as needed regarding material and product flow issues
  • Physically verify product stock in building and yard as needed


About you


Required Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years as a production scheduler or incoming parts planner
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management or related courses of study.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years as a production scheduler in the automotive industry
  • 1-3 years at a Tier 1 Automotive Supplier with Customer Interface experience
  • Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)
  • Master’s Degree


Additional Qualifications:

  • Proven ability to effectively communicate and influence leaders and front line employees in change management initiatives, and behavior change.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrate the ability to quickly establish effective working relationships and credibility with all levels of the internal organization and external client organizations
  • Demonstrated balance between appropriate levels of customer service and running a lean, cost-efficient organization
  • Excellent organizational, project management, problem solving and decision-making skills and a high degree of sound judgment and common sense.
  • Experienced with ERP/MRP planning systems (QAD Preferred).  Fluent in use of Excel as an analytical tool.  Experience with Inventory analysis tools preferred.
Ability to perform in a fast-paced, goal-oriented, and time-sensitive environment
About Us

About Us 

GKN is a global engineering business. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for most of the world’s leading aircraft, vehicle and machinery manufacturers. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to better in everything we do. GKN operates three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy employing 56,000 people in more than 30 countries.

GKN Driveline is the market leader in the development and delivery of contemporary and electrified driveline systems and solutions. With a comprehensive global footprint, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the world’s automotive manufacturers.

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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