Job Openings Production Planner

About the job Production Planner



To convert customer and national warehouses demand into an achievable production plan, taking into consideration available manufacturing capacity and national stock holding requirements.

Key performance areas:


  • Ensure compliance to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act and adhere to all safety requirements, policies and procedures of the company.
  • Wear the correct Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) relevant for the workplace and adhere to all the relevant policies and regulations.

Production Planning:

  • Analyse the monthly demand and identify if the demand can be achieved within the stipulated timeframe based on the available production capacity, communicate the outcomes with the Factory Manager.
  • Create a monthly and weekly production plan based on demand and supply constraints.
  • Generate the proposed production plan schedules and present to the production team on a monthly and weekly basis.
  • Generate jobs on Syspro as per the production plan schedules and issue the jobs to the Production Supervisors.
  • Lead the weekly production planning meeting, implement changes on the production plan as agreed with the Production team and publish the weekly plan to the relevant personnel.
  • Publish the adherence to the production plan on a daily basis and supply feedback to the production team.
  • Highlight non-adherence where applicable to the relevant personnel.
  • Measure all closed and open jobs on a weekly basis, generate the relevant feedback report to ensure compliance and submit to the Factory Manager.
  • Ensure all planned runs are economical and best use of resources to prevent over stock on finished goods in the factory and storage finished goods warehouse.
  • Indicate constraints, priorities and product sequences required to achieve both efficient production and customer satisfaction.
  • Incorporate all maintenance plans in the proposed production schedule.
  • Inform the commercial team of the order status and any potential supply challenges to enable effective communication with all customers on a daily basis.
  • Familiarise yourself with the company inventory codes, production capabilities, equipment and equipment compatibilities and uses.
  • Participate in stock takes and ensure all processes and paperwork linked to stock take requirements are closed off and up to date.


  • Supply the Factory Manager with the relevant Standard and Operating Procedure (S&OP) information to be included in the management report, include production demand performance.
  • Monitor adherence to plan and escalate failure to adhere to the Factory Manager.
  • Prepare and distribute relevant capacity report and indicate all available capacity and opportunities to the production team.

Experience and Qualifications:

Qualifications and Experience

  • Matric
  • Diploma in Supply Chain Management /Business Management/ Production Management
  • 3 - 5 years experience in an inventory planning role specifically in a FMCG environment.
  • Experience in the chemical industry will be advantageous.
  • Valid drivers license and reliable transport.

Job Related Knowledge

  • Product (chemical) knowledge (advantageous).
  • ERP planning knowledge.
  • Understand the MS Office applications.
  • Supply Chain knowledge within the FMCG environment.
  • Warehousing and despatch knowledge.
  • Manufacturing processes knowledge (advantageous).
  • Stock control knowledge.
  • Knowledge on people management.

Personal Attributes / Competencies

  • Presentable with excellent communication and coordinating skills.
  • Ability to produce accurate results within prescribed deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently but also as a team player.
  • Be able to cope well under pressure.
  • Methodical, systematic and analytical minded with attention to detail.
  • Positive, self-motivated and confident approach to work and colleagues.
  • Emotional maturity and professional integrity.
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills.
  • Honest and reliable.

Computer Literacy :

  • Syspro essential.
  • Expert knowledge of MS Office packages (e.g. Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.).
  • Intermediate knowledge of virtual programmes (e.g. MS Teams, Zoom etc.)

Package Offered

This position will attract a Market Related salary according to qualification and experience gained.