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Production Planner


Quapaw_ USA, US

Business Unit: 

About Umicore                


Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Giving new life to used metals. Powering the cars of the future. As a global materials and technology group, we apply our specialist knowledge to offer materials and solutions that are essential to everyday life. We aim to be a clear world leader in materials for clean mobility and recycling and have turned our sustainability approach into an even greater competitive advantage. With ambitions like this, imagine what you could do?



About Electro-Optic Materials


Power in space. Vision at night. Coatings thinner than human hair. Umicore is a world leader in material solutions for the space, optics and electronics sectors – enabling every day cutting-edge technologies. We guarantee our customers secure access to supply, plus recycling technologies that give materials a new lease of life. To produce materials with even higher performance, and provide recycling to new markets, we cannot stand still. We need to find new ways to do things, discover new solutions and develop new processes. Which is where you come in.


To add to our valuable team of dedicated employees, we are currently seeking a Production Planner to support both the Acigne and Quapaw sites in Infrared Optics. With the ability to be located at either site.


What you will be doing




  • Responsible for the creation of production schedules and order due date management of multiple work cells for both the Quapaw and Acigne manufacturing sites.
  • Meets and exceeds area goals and objectives, On Time Delivery and Inventory goals. (accountable for area performance in Materials Management)
  • Creates, maintains and improves the quality and consistency of master data in the ERP system to maintain an efficient planning system
  • Develop and set-up the planning tool within the ERP
  • Initiates work orders with appropriate lot sizes to ensure efficient and low-cost production, timely delivery, and maintenance of adequate inventory levels. Works with MRP messages to assure efficient flow.
  • Monitor production progress and adjust schedules as needed to support ship dates on customer orders at multiple sites.
  • Resolve production issues and bottlenecks to maintain workflow efficiency.
  • Coordinates contingency plans to achieve delivery promises when deviations occur or properly adjusts due dates in the system and informs Customer Service.
  • Coordinates the supply of materials and subcontract operations to meet production schedules.
  • Analyses current inventory for excess and obsolete items and maintain proper inventory levels and quality per policies and procedures.
  • Determines, recommends and provides for alternatives when demands exceed capacities. Recommends, implements, and documents new procedures and policies to improve the effectiveness of the operation.


Sales communication:



  • Is the point of contact of sales for lead times
  • Provide pro-active communication to sales with regards to lead times and delivery date




  • Integrate safety aspects in planning expectations and raise safety concerns associated to production saturation situation
  • Actively participate in business and site safety related initiatives
  • Makes safety dialogs and lead by exemplarity
  • Ensure compliance with all safety and environmental policies and procedures
  • Committed to 5S program in workspace
  • Assist in ISO, inventory and environmental audits as needed


Who we are looking for


  • Experience in a MRP environment is highly preferred, (SAP experience a plus).
  • Strong understanding of manufacturing processes and supply chain management.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills to coordinate multiple locations.
  • Initiates continuous and effective communications between Customer Service and the production area.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of people to include various levels and disciplines.
  • ASCM certification a plus, (formerly APICS)
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills 
  • Maintain visibility on the floor to promote success among workers and to monitor the status production plan.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with all levels in the organization (domestic, abroad, and suppliers).
  • Team player and be able to work independently.
  • Must be able to identify problems, analyse, and recommend solutions.
  • Ability to work under pressure in an ever-evolving environment


Education and/or Experience  



Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or minimum three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


What we offer


We aim to lead the way. Not just for our customers, but for our employees too. That is why we strive to create a collaborative environment in which we can all succeed, and a culture through which we can all share ideas, develop our expertise and advance our careers. We engage in building an inclusive work culture that offers equal opportunities for all employees irrespective of their diverse backgrounds. As you would expect from a world-leading organization, we will also reward your contribution with a competitive salary and benefits. With all this and more, imagine what you could do?


Umicore is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, or other status protected by law.

If you need assistance in applying for this position, please contact Monica Patrick at


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