Head of Production Planning

Lower Saxony, Germany


  • Utilize production planning software and tools to manage and optimize production schedules, resource allocation, and capacity planning
  • Direct and guide a group of production planners, offering direction, instruction, and performance criticism
  • Create and oversee the production planning strategy to satisfy client requests and production targets
  • Create consistent reports on the performance of the manufacturing process, capacity utilisation, and production variation analysis
  • Evaluate production processes and recommend improvements to enhance efficiency, reduce waste, and increase overall productivity
  • Create and maintain a production schedule that maximizes efficiency while minimizing lead times and costs
  • Collaborate with quality control and assurance teams to ensure that production processes meet quality standards and regulatory requirements
  • Analyze production data and key performance indicators to identify trends, patterns, and opportunities for continuous improvement
  • Participate in cross-functional meetings and contribute insights to strategic planning and decision-making processes
  • Coordinate with manufacturing teams to ensure that equipment, materials, and manpower are available as needed for production activities
  • Collaborate with sales, marketing, procurement, and operations teams to gather demand forecasts and ensure production plans align with market requirements
  • Implement best practices for inventory management, ensuring adequate stock levels without excessive inventory carrying costs
  • Develop and maintain relationships with suppliers, vendors, and partners to ensure timely delivery of materials and components
  • Monitor production progress, identify potential bottlenecks, and take proactive measures to resolve issues and maintain production flow


  • Bachelor’s degree in operations management, supply chain, industrial engineering, or a related field (Master’s degree preferred).
  • Proven experience in production planning, scheduling, and supply chain management, with progressively increasing responsibilities.
  • Strong knowledge of production processes, capacity planning, and demand forecasting.
  • Proficiency in using production planning software and tools.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Leadership and team management experience.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Strong organizational and multitasking abilities.
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles and continuous improvement methodologies is a plus

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    Frankie Black
    Consultant - Industrials

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