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Production Planner

Job Location: ​South Africa

Job Location: ​Walkerville

Company description

Ferrero is a family-owned company with a truly progressive and global outlook and iconic brands such as Nutella®, Tic Tac®, Ferrero Rocher®, Raffaello®, Kinder Bueno® and Kinder Surprise®. As the love for our brands continues to grow, so too does our global reach. Represented in 55 countries, with products sold in more than 170, the Ferrero Group is loved by generations around the world. The secret to our global success? Nearly 35,000 dedicated employees who celebrate care and quality to craft a business, careers and brands we are proud of. Join us, and you could be one of them. 

Diversity Statement

Ferrero is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture in which all employees feel welcomed and appreciated and have the same opportunities. We believe all of our people are equally talented in their own way. In nurturing the curiosity and natural abilities of our employees, we provide them, generation after generation, the means to succeed personally and professionally, enabling them to craft their journey at Ferrero. The diversity of our talents is what makes our work environment multicultural, innovative and highly rewarding.

About the Role:

Ferrero South Africa based in Walkerville  has a vacancy for a Production Planner in the Production Department.  The Planner will report directly to the Plant Manager.

Main Responsibilities:

BUDGETING Supports the Central Planning in the yearly budget definition PRODUCTION PLANNING • Develops and manages tools for production planning. • Assures the production plans setting (material, personnel, machinery), based on inputs coming from Central Planning (FTL). • Based on information received by the Central Planning, sets local medium-term production plans for the productions lines based on central long term production plans. • Assures the arrangement of short term production plans (weekly programs) for the productions lines, providing related changes and adjustments, keeping a global view on yearly production plans. PRODUCTION AND STORAGE MANAGEMENT • Manages semi-finished goods production and related storage. • Establishes and shares with co-packer (if any) the production scheduling related to the single co-packer, in order to guarantee the achievement of the defined overall production level. OBSOLESCENCE MANAGEMENT • provides operation support to identify materials obsolescence, in accordance to group guidelines. • Manages obsolescence based on group guidelines and following possible instruction coming from the central level. PRODUCTION SIZING • Defines production staff sizing (increase/decrease), in order to assure the best solution to cost-flexibility trade off, in compliance with the defined production budget. Optimizes the use of production assets (machinery, material, personnel), particularly by assuring the best use of available personnel PLANT SUPPLY • Manages stock level for packaging, surprises, raw materials and semi-finished goods. • Keeps contact with Central Material Management in order to update plant demand. • Provides information to the local and the central level, on issues that could affect manufacturing schedule fulfillment/respect. NON-CONFORMITIES MANAGEMENT • Provides support to AQS and DQG in managing non conformities. RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT • Is informed and gives his active support in feasibility studies related to new packaging, products and production lines (regarding scheduling needs) HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT • Develops and guarantees the implementation of a forward-looking personnel development strategy based on personal motivation, competence and potential development. • Manages its own collaborators, in compliance with group guidelines, assuring an efficient process structure/organization. • Assures a career development planning for collaborators

Who we are looking for:

Bachelor's degree in supply chain management, business management, or related field is preferred • Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) accreditation or other relevant certification is advantageous. • Proven experience working as a production planner and scheduling in a manufacturing environment - minimum 5 years previous production planning . Other Skills: • SAP would be advantageous • Strong MS Office - Computer Skills . Excellent knowledge of Excel a must • Sound knowledge of material requirements planning (MRP) and related software. • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. • Excellent organizational and time management skills. • Effective communication skills • Other: • Required to work overtime and/or weekends when required. • Valid driver’s license and own transport

How to be successful in the role and at Ferrero:

Consumers, quality and care are at the heart of everything we do. So, to be successful at Ferrero, you’ll need to be just as consumer and product centric as we are - dedicated to crafting brilliant results for consumers around the world.