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Production Planner

Date: Oct 9, 2021

Location: Tacoma, WA, US

Company: James Hardie

Position Summary

The Plant Logistics Coordinator is responsible for facilitating scheduling, production sequencing, inventory control, plant capacity management, and warehouse organization.  This position works across all plant functions to ensure that the plant can optimally service customer demand while minimizing manufacturing costs. 


Position Responsibilities

Maintains, updates, and develops current and future logistics analysis, execution, and reporting tools and processes to facilitate production planning, customer service, freight reduction, and inventory control by:  (40%)

  • Balancing short-term supply and demand to ensure that accurate SKU requirements are to run to hit key business metrics around service and freight in a 4-6 week rolling window
  • Updating the inventory management database and tracking to ensure inventory levels are closely monitored vs. plan and that obsolete/overstocked inventories are actively reduced
  • Extracting relevant data from SAP and other reporting systems
  • Developing analytical tools to manipulate large volumes of data using functions like pivot tables and other advanced Excel functions and Microsoft Access;
  • Synthesizing complex and detailed data and creating meaningful outtakes
  • Communicating 4-6 production requirements, performance metrics, and any ad hoc (NPI, improvements projects) to the plant management team & Central Logistics
  • Work closely with Central Logistics to ensure the plant has enough capacity to hit required monthly production targets


Creates and reworks a repetitive master schedule designed to hit key customer service, freight and manufacturing cost goals through optimizing labor and machine constraints (40%).


  • Maintains 4-6 week rolling manufacturing plan in run block format.  Works with key operations personnel to ensure that the plan optimizes plant resources and satisfies customer demand
  • Publishes 7-day fixed production schedule to all manufacturing personnel.  Communicates any changes to the schedule in a timely manner
  • Creates and publishes finishing run plan daily to accurately account for product splits
  • Works with shipping personnel to create and publish warehouse put away plan on a daily basis
  • Works with central logistics group on developing and executing manufacturing capacity requirements for the plant
  • Tracks, analyzes, and reports key scheduling and inventory metrics.  Uses these metrics to take action to recommend capacity changes, inventory stocking position changes, and plant schedule changes.
  • Proactively communicating with key plant personnel to ensure adherence to schedule and processes
  • Collaborating with plant personnel to develop plan of action for shortages, scheduled and unscheduled downtime to ensure high customer service;
  • Timely updating and communication of anticipated shipment dates on weekly shortage report to customer service for the plant
  • Following up with necessary plant personnel to ensure adherence to shortage commitments noted above and jointly resolve any discrepancies due to production, finishing or quality issues
  • Reviewing and responding to logistics requests for expedited/hot orders or sourcing exceptions.
  • Tracks and publishes daily/weekly metrics on scheduling, adherence, inventory, and service.


Additional project work required to ensure the plan improves in any of the following areas: (20%)

  • Coordinators with New Product Introduction Manager (NPI) on product launch requirements and ensures the plant meets all product launch goals
  • Works with plant controller and cost accountants to improve inventory accounting processes
  • Supports manufacturing improvement projects around constraint alleviation, incremental capacity moves, and general process improvement

The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.


Quantitative Dimensions

Decision Making 

The Plant Logistics Coordinator requires strong decision-making ability to address day-to-day operational challenges and deviation from results with defined action plans and collaboration.  The incumbent’s decision-making initiative is expected to be independent in a high-accountability team environment.


Supervisory/Lead Responsibilities 

The Plant Logistics Coordinator has no direct reports, but requires a high level of collaboration with the Transportation, Customer Service, Central Logistics, and Manufacturing Departments.  The incumbent must have a high degree of accountability in order to report outcomes of his/her analysis and recommendations on a frequent basis to management.  He/She is also required to successfully communicate across all levels of the organization.

Scope of Position  

The Plant Logistics Coordinator spends the majority of his/her time on creating the short and long-term production plans for the site.  In order to accomplish this, the incumbent must analyze customer demand, manufacturing capability and capacity, and communicate across all departments in the plant to formulate a plan that can be executed.  Additionally, the Plant Logistics Coordinator will initiate and complete projects that provide benefits such as inventory reduction and manufacturing cost reductions.

Position Requirements

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • Demonstrated advanced analytical skills with the various features of spreadsheets, databases, and reporting software to manipulate large volumes of data using functions like pivot tables and other advanced Excel functions
  • Ability to learn and/or apply knowledge of logistics reporting and analysis tools
  • Ability to learn and/or apply knowledge of supply chain, transportation, logistics, and manufacturing
  • Ability to drive adherence to planning best practices and procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and modify reporting and analytical tools using innovative techniques without merely refreshing data
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and understand issues or problems using data and use effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing an appropriate solution
  • Ability to challenge information and a passion to exhaustively uncover robust facts and data which improve insights and the quality of the final decision
  • Superior interpersonal and written/oral communication skills with the ability to provide conclusions and recommendations based on analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to build strategic working relationships while holding parties accountable for deliverables
  • Capable of effectively manage time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently
  • Demonstrated ability to act independently upon information and make decisions that achieve optimal results
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and prioritize workload while paying attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as a strong team player



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Science, Operations, or related field
  • Entry-level experience in a planning or analytical position
  • Direct supply chain experience (preferred)
  • Direct manufacturing experience (preferred)



  • Applied Learning: Assimilating and applying new job-related information in a timely manner.
  • Decision Making: Identifying and understanding issues; problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Initiating Action: Taking prompt action to accomplish objectives; taking action to achieve goals beyond what is required; being proactive.
  • Communication: Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.
  • Tenacity: Staying with a position or plan of action until the desired objective is obtained or is no longer reasonably attainable.
  • Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skills: Having achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in position-related areas; keeping up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise.
  • Building Strategic Working Relationships: Developing and using collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
  • Innovation: Generating innovative solutions in work situations’ trying different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities.
  • Contributing to Team Success: Actively participating as a member of a team to move the team toward the completion of goals.
  • Managing Work (includes Time Management): Generating innovative solutions in work situations’ trying different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities.



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