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Salary Range
€30k - €60k
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In Brief...

Plans and prepares the details and resources required for the efficient running of a production process in a manufacturing company.

Knowledge

  • Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills

  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

In Summary - Production Planner

Career Sectors

Production Planners typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Biopharma
Biological, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Science

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Further Information

The Work - Production Planner

Production planners make sure that products are produced on time at the lowest cost, for delivery to customers. They carefully work out the best way to use resources, such as staff and materials. Using this information, planners plot out the production schedule in detail using flow charts. They need to have a clear understanding of what it is the customer wants and needs.  
 
The production planner shows the production schedule to the buyers, the plant manager, the personnel manager and the production manager for them to comment on. Once agreed, appropriate sections of the plans and schedules will also go to supervisors of the production departments involved.  
 
Where a company has to compete with other companies to win contracts for more work, the production planner has a central role. The planner draws up production plans working from information provided by designers, draughtspersons, architects and engineers. These people provide a list of materials and parts with their drawings and specifications. Other information providers include sales managers and production controllers. They need to be able to deal with situations like staff shortages or machine breakdowns.  
 
The plans are sent to an estimator who will put a cost to the plans before submitting them. If the company is awarded the contract, the planners may need to revise schedules to take account of design changes and delays. In a factory with a production line planning is an ongoing process.  
 
Production planners are usually based in an office in the planning department.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Distribute production schedules or work orders to departments.
  • Review documents, such as production schedules, work orders, or staffing tables, to determine personnel or materials requirements or material priorities.
  • Requisition and maintain inventories of materials or supplies necessary to meet production demands.
  • Arrange for delivery, assembly, or distribution of supplies or parts to expedite flow of materials and meet production schedules.
  • Confer with department supervisors or other personnel to assess progress and discuss needed changes.
  • Revise production schedules when required due to design changes, labor or material shortages, backlogs, or other interruptions, collaborating with management, marketing, sales, production, or engineering.
  • Confer with establishment personnel, vendors, or customers to coordinate production or shipping activities and to resolve complaints or eliminate delays.
  • Examine documents, materials, or products and monitor work processes to assess completeness, accuracy, and conformance to standards and specifications.
  • Record production data, including volume produced, consumption of raw materials, or quality control measures.
  • Calculate figures, such as required amounts of labor or materials, manufacturing costs, or wages, using pricing schedules, adding machines, calculators, or computers.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Interests - Production Planner

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Enterprising

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.

Administrative

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

Investigative

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

Qualities

You will need an analytical and methodical mind. A detailed knowledge of the production process is necessary and an engineering or science background may also help. The ability to use the mathematical and planning techniques that assist in analysing and scheduling is important. You need good problem solving skills.  
 
Interpersonal and communication skills help in dealing with the wide range of people, inside and outside the company. Clarity in presenting plans and requirements is essential.  
 
Often, you may be working to an urgent deadline, so you must be able to work accurately under pressure. You have to handle a mass of detail and relate it all to the pattern of the overall process and schedule. You need to be able to make decisions quickly and under pressure.

Entry Requirements - Production Planner

Pay & Salary - Production Planner

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €30k - €60k

Data Source(s):
Brightwater / Morgan McKinley / Sigmar

Last Updated: July, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

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