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Career and Education Opportunities for Production Planners

In general, production planners coordinate and expedite the flow of work and materials within or between departments of an establishment according to production schedule. They also duties include reviewing and distributing production, work, and shipment schedules; conferring with department supervisors to determine progress of work and completion dates; and compiling reports on progress of work, inventory levels, and production problems.

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Production Planner

Production Planner video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Production planners talk with department supervisors and other personnel to gauge progress and consider needed changes. They also examine documents and products, and monitor work processes, in order to gauge completeness and conformance to standards and specifications. Equally important, production planners have to inspect documents such as production schedules and staffing tables to establish personnel and materials requirements, and material priorities. They are often called upon to talk with establishment personnel and customers to direct production and shipping efforts, and to deal with complaints or eliminate delays. They are expected to requisition and maintain inventories of materials and supplies needed to meet production demands. Finally, production planners revise production schedules when required due to lay out changes, labor or material shortages, backlogs, or other interruptions, collaborating with management and engineering.

Every day, production planners are expected to be able to read and understand documents and reports. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.