As a Production Scheduler at Caterpillar, you will develop and manage a production scheduling process to maximize efficiency and optimize use of resources/assets internally while retaining enough flexibility to ensure that all customer needs are met in a timely and cost effective way. You are responsible to attain key supply chain performance metrics across velocity and order-to-delivery.
Production Schedulers perform the following job duties:
- Develops a production plan to accommodate customer demand within practical production capabilities
- Balances conflicting objectives of employment stability, efficient manufacturing and appropriate inventory levels to develop the production plan
- Develops schedules for each prime product configuration, attachments and related products.
- Monitors external issues thatimpact scheduling, including:
- work stoppage at key suppliers
- legal issues related to manpower
- opening, closing and softening of markets due to economic and political situations
- Develops availability and inventory strategies that satisfy product needs of the Annual Business Plan shipment forecast.
- Assists facility supply chain leaders in developing inventory strategies to reconcile fluctuating demand and the need for factory stability while minimizing inventory investment.
- Monitors the production plan and modifies as needed to maintain acceptable product availability and inventory levels.
- Collects, monitors and analyzes actual results against business variables of the Annual Business Plan forecasts such as:
- sales to users
- factory and dealer inventory.
- Adjusts ABP forecast for supply constraints such as machinery, equipment, manpower, etc.
- Leads and manages a project team inside the facility
- Works closely with corporate supply chain groups to ensure robust capacity planning and constraint management is completed
- Allocates product in short supply based on margin, forecasts, large project requirements, special customers, etc.
- Provides subject matter expertise to project teams addressing supply constraints, performing impact analysis and data.
- Reviews scheduling activities for commercial entity products not scheduled at facility to ensure schedules are consistent with product strategies.
- Develops phasein / phaseout schedule plans for New Product Introduction
- College or university degree (or equivalent) in a supply chain or manufacturing related
- A minimum of 4 years of supply chain / manufacturing-related work experience
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
- Excellent leadership, interpersonal, communications, teamwork and collaboration skills
- Strong knowledge of economic conditions and markets
- Experience in product scheduling
- APICS Certification
- 6 Sigma Project management knowledge and / or experience