What does a Production Planner do?

A production planner is responsible for the accuracy and timeliness of the production process. Duties include a specific focus on the materials and goods required in the production phase, ensuring the working space is properly maintained in order to have optimal performance. Production planners may progress to a managerial or executive position depending on the internal organization structure and industry.

A bachelor's degree is preferred by most companies when hiring a production planner with most employers expressing value in prior experience in the same position. Other technical certifications such as an American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) certification also adds value to the position with the most successful candidates having an in-depth knowledge of the industry and technical know-how. Other valuable skills include sharp analytical skills and exceptional organization and time-management abilities.

What responsibilities are common for Production Planner jobs?
  • Schedule usage of production materials to ensure optimal production levels
  • Evaluate suppliers or quality, timeliness and match according to goals
  • Monitor material supply flow and identify any shortages or bottlenecks in usage
  • Identify and resolve problems relating to inventory
  • Forecast market challenges based on competitor analysis and industry trends
  • Address issues regarding quality and production
  • Produce reports based on findings and performance of production
  • Manage deadlines based on project expectations
What are the typical qualifications for Production Planner jobs?
  • Technical certifications such as an APICS certification preferred
  • Prior experience as a production planner in the industry preferred
  • Good understanding of the industry market trends and conditions
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills
  • Strong regard for product quality and safety standards
  • Sharp analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Meticulous and diligent
  • Able to sit, stand and move around for long hours at a time
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Production Planner make?

Confident
$89,497 /yr
Total Pay
$53,127
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$36,370
 /yr

Additional Pay

$89,497

 / yr
$41K$407K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Production Planner Career Path

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L3
Production Planner
$89,497/yr
L4
L3

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
11%
2 - 4
55%
5 - 7
21%
8+
13%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Production Planner Insights

Read what Production Planner professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
SchlumbergerSchlumberger
Production Planner
Mar 4, 2021

“oil and gas not in a good spot so job security is not at the best”

Pha India
Senior Production Planner
Feb 9, 2021

“Good good good good good”

Arden CompaniesArden Companies
Production Planner
Mar 2, 2021

“Long hours are expected if thats what it takes.”

Lockheed MartinLockheed Martin
Program Planner
May 11, 2022

“What you get out of planning in terms of career growth solely depends on the projects your assigned.”

Lockheed MartinLockheed Martin
Master Program Planner Staff
Mar 7, 2022

“Typically a good team and fun projects to work on.”

AptarAptar
Production Planner
Apr 25, 2021

“Great benefits and enjoyed all the people I work with.”

SchaefflerSchaeffler
MRP Planner
Aug 11, 2020

“Great place to work and fun.”

Menasha PackagingMenasha Packaging
Production Scheduler
Jul 11, 2021

“Not the best work and life balance.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Production Planner

When working as a Production Planner, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Communication, Microsoft Office Suite, Enterprise Resource Planning, ERP System, and Schedules.

The most similar professions to Production Planner are:
  • Demand Planner
  • Planner
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Supply Chain Specialist

The most common qualifications to become a Production Planner include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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