Our  client  is  an  outstanding  engineering  company providing high quality vacuum products and services. They are currently looking for a Production Planner to join their team in Hailsham on a permanent basis.

Salary: £30k – £35k

The main purpose of this role will be:

To provide a forward-looking planning function for all products that: –

  • Maximises their Shipping Performance and achieves our On-time Delivery Goals
  • Exceeds our Customers’ expectations
  • Drives Continuous improvement
  • Co-ordinates activities and processes to ensure that “Stock-outs” are minimised
  • Interacts between Sales, Engineering, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain functions
  • This role requires effective interaction with Team Leaders to ensure On-time Delivery
  • Ensures that all processes and procedures are adhered to

 The main requirements and employee accountabilities are:       

  • Be involved in Order Input Control Process – Liaise with Sales on delivery dates, agree delivery dates prior to Order Input
  • Take ownership of, and plan all products through Manufacturing Cells
  • Maximise use of the order management system and ensure visibility of all orders
  • Identify critical items and issues, and resolve them
  • Cross-functional communication and co-ordination to minimise delays
  • Investigate available capacity vs. likely load
  • Produce and publish metrics as required
  • Support function for team members in production and purchasing during absences


The essential skills/experience required for this role are:

  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills are essential
  • Engineering competence in relation to machining and assembly and a suitable level of product and organisational familiarisation is a distinct advantage
  • The ability to make decisions within guidelines and take responsibility for these is essential
  • The ability to meet time frames and work under pressure is important
  • ERP planning experience is essential
  • Drive and Enthusiasm are pre-requisite


The skills and experience we would like the employee in this role to have are:

  • 5+ years Production Planning system experience
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX experience is an advantage
  • Previous exposure working in a manufacturing and assembly organisation
  • Good analytical and numeracy skills
  • Strong systems and excel knowledge
  • Knowledge of supply chain


Desirable Qualifications:

  • Qualified to ONC/HNC level in Engineering/Manufacturing or relevant planning/purchasing professional qualification.


We require the following personal qualities/attributes

  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Decisive
  • Problem solving skills
  • Ability to build good relationships


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