What is a Manufacturing Planner Job?

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A manufacturing planner job is available with any kind of a manufacturing organization. The main things to be considered are the required skills that suit the job of a planner in an organization. This manufacturing planner has the entire responsibility considering that the products made by the company are produced properly, they are cost effective and are of the right quality and also are ready for delivery in the stipulated time.

The responsibilities of the production planner jobs include forecasting of the future demands of the company products, taking part in the human resource planning and organizational planning activities. It also involves coordinating with the finance department of the organization. The manufacturing planners are also responsible for:

•    Scheduling of repairs and maintenance activities.


•    Allocating the financial as well as the human resources to the different divisions of manufacturing.
•    Ensuring that the materials are available by planning the materials stock regularly.
•    Looking into equal and optimal distribution of resources.
•    Deciding upon what all materials would be required and what would be their costs.
•    Deciding upon the number of workers for a particular time on a particular machine to complete the work in time.
•    Most importantly, managing the employees under him.

He is also suppose to draw up a computerized production schedule sheet which has the details of the tasks to be performed and when is it to be completed so that the goods are ready on time.

There is no such special qualification that is required to get into an organization as a manufacturing planner. The best way is to join and gain experience by being a team leader and then after optimum knowledge moving onto become a manufacturing planner.

It is very important for a production planner to have an excellent problem solving skill. He should have the capability of taking right decisions under immense pressure. He should not be biased in this case with any employee working under him. It is also important for him to have great interpersonal and organizational skills as well as good communications skills. He should be very comfortable working with all the figures and also be able to work quickly, efficiently, and accurately. He should be keen to know about all the details. A production planner should also posses IT skills and should be well versed with the computer. A production planner should have the capability of understanding the manufacturing process and should also know his deadlines and be able to achieve them even under pressured situations.

The training part of the production planner jobs more often than not begin at the job itself. This training is usually carried out or taken up by more experienced colleagues. It is quite possible that the larger organizations may have management training schemes. These schemes are a combination of work experience and training in various parts of the organization. Having prior experience in this job is not mandatory. If you do not have an experience there are chances that you might have to undergo some extra training.

There are a lot of chances of getting promoted as a production planner after attending the training and getting well acquainted with different areas like quality control, supervision, etc. If there are experienced production planners having proper and suitable qualifications, they have a lot of chance of getting promoted to the level of a production manager. Sometimes it is also wise to change the employers over a period of time for better prospects. Sometimes changing employers can also lead to good promotion opportunities.

There is no fixed salary that is decided for these jobs. It all depends upon the work experience and qualifications of the production planner. The actual figures have greater chances of variance as they are also affected by the size of the organization and the nature of work. The production planners are also paid overtime if they are made to work after their office hours or in shifts.

Hence, by now you might be fully convinced to take up a full time job in this. For further search you might look online or offline. There are many search engines that may help you as a further search. These search engines may provide you with all the requirements and experiences required by the company or the organization in terms of the same or related jobs.
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