Production Planner

  • Tacoma, WA, USA
  • Full-time
  • Job Posting Date: 26-Nov-2019
  • Shift: 1st Shift
  • Department: Manufacturing

Company Description

AEP Span, a Division of ASC Profiles LLC is a leading manufacturer of architectural metal products, offering performance rated structural roof and siding. AEP Span affords the architectural community design flexibility and freedom of expression by allowing architects to design and specify roofing and framing systems for new construction and re-roofing applications. AEP Span blends traditional design with contemporary technology and tested values. The innovative thought that goes into the product design, customer service and consideration for the installer is what makes AEP Span's roofs and walls protect not only buildings, but reputations.

AEP Span is part of the BlueScope group of companies located in 12 countries and employs over 14,000 employees. As a leading international supplier of steel products and solutions, principally focused on the global building and construction industry, we believe that our people are our strength. Having a diverse and inclusive workplace enables us to improve our capability and ensure continued, sustainable success.

Who are we looking for?

If you enjoy working with people who are practical, put your safety first, and care about the communities in which they work, then AEP Span is the place for you. In this position, you will work with a dynamic and supportive team and contribute to the success of our business. 

Job Description

General Responsibilities:

This position is responsible for creating production schedules that allow efficient time for orders to be produced, meeting all ship dates and maintaining work-load balance throughout all shifts. The Production Planner is accountable for managing the customer orders after they are received and processed by customer service. The prime focus of this role is to effectively allocate customer orders to a manufacturing process within the offered capability of the process to successfully achieve the on-time delivery of the customer order.

  • Maintain accurate production planning to meet site capacity, including modifying and adapting production scheduling, issuing run lists, production related paperwork, and issuing order amendments to accommodate revisions, cancellations or priorities.
  • Manage communication between manufacturing, planning, supply chain, and customer service to maintain backlog upstream and downstream material flow.

  • Develop a Production Scheduling process so that the efficient utilizations of machine capacities are achieved.  Work directly with the manufacturing and buyer/planner to achieve timely production for all customer orders.

  • Prepare future forecasting for production schedules to optimize efficiency and throughput, and easily adjust to changes (backlogs, operational changes, unplanned events, etc.).

  • Upon review of sales orders; establishes production schedules for multiple pieces of equipment related to the manufacturing process.

  • Ensures proper daily and weekly allocation to production equipment based on throughput capacity for efficient utilization of equipment.

  • Ensures that shift capacities are reviewed hourly for all manufacturing processes and actively closes as capacities are exceeded.

  • Support operations team with review of production recording and allocation issues in SAP.

  • Participate in stock takes and cycle counting as required.

  • Schedule, participate and maintain coil cycle count processing to ensure coil inventory accuracy throughout the year.

  • Monitors costs within area of responsibility and developed plans in consultation with manufacturing manager to manage these costs. Key focus on process scrap, errors, overtime, manning utilization daily. 

  • Backs up the processing of Coil Claims within SAP and coordinate with vendor.


Minimum Required Experience & Qualifications

  • A high school diploma or GED is required.

  • 2 years of experience Production Planning in a high-volume manufacturing environment.

  • Demonstrated experience communicating across departments and taking initiative to production challenges.

  • Experience with ERP system.  SAP strongly preferred.

Preferred Experience & Qualifications

  • 4 years of experience Production Planning in a high-volume manufacturing environment.

  • Experience in construction environment.

  • Knowledge of AEP Span Production.

  • Experience in supply chain role.

Key Competencies

  • Ability to analyse and solve problems effectively

  • Ability to effectively manage priorities and workflows

  • Attention to detail and a high level of accuracy

  • Aware of the effect of one’s behaviour. Actively participates in teams effectively.

  • Dedicated to meeting or exceeding internal and external customer requirements.

  • Excellent organizational skills

  • Follow BSL safety standards.

  • Looks for and suggests ideas for improvement and in involved in their development.

  • Proficiency in the English language, with effective oral and written communication skills

  • Seeks, receives and understands communications i.e., practices attentive and active listening.

  • Uses appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to inspire and guide (peers and cross functional teams) toward goal achievement; modifying style to accommodate tasks, situations and individuals involved.

  • Willingness to learn new tasks. Embrace change, is a quick learner.

Working Conditions/Special Notes

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands of this position are limited to those found in a normal warehouse/production environment.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is constantly required to stand, walk, lift, carry, use the hands to manipulate objects, bend, look and see. 
  • The employee is frequently required to push, pull, twist, turn, talk, hear, reach above the shoulder and/or outward, and drive power equipment.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stoop, squat, type, kneel, and crouch. 
  • The employee must routinely lift up to 50 pounds. 

Work Environment

  • The physical demands of this position are limited to those found in a normal warehouse/production environment.

  • Work may be sedentary, or desk bound.

  • Some work may be repetitive, which may include repetitive physical motion.

  • Use of hands and fingers required to pinch, pick, and feel objects, tools and/or controls.

  • Work requires continuous mental attention and high alertness.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Undergo and pass a physical examination and drug screening


Additional Information

The preceding job responsibilities and tasks were designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by associates in this job.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all job duties and responsibilities required of associates assigned to this job.  Associates may be required to perform other duties as assigned.  Additional job competencies, individual goals, and performance measurements are set at the department level.

The benefits are just as rewarding as the work at BlueScope.  To support our goal, we offer a total compensation plan and an outstanding benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, short and long term disability, paid time off, and retirement. 

EEO Employer/M/F/Disabled/Protected Veteran

BlueScope is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status, as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability. 

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