What does a Program 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.

  • 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
  • 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
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Program Planner Salaries

Average Base Pay

$73,291 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $73K
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Production Planner
Mar 4, 2021

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

Production Scheduler
Feb 11, 2021

“Teams are disorganized and there is no much room for career development”

Arden CompaniesArden Companies
Production Planner
Mar 2, 2021

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

Production Planner
Apr 25, 2021

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

Viridian Glass
Production Planner
Sep 4, 2020

“Less growth and career progression for engineer.”

Zachry GroupZachry Group
Planner Scheduler
Sep 7, 2020

“Multiple career opportunities and Employee Assistant Program.”

Menasha PackagingMenasha Packaging
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Jul 11, 2021

“Not the best work and life balance.”

MRP Planner
Aug 11, 2020

“Great place to work and fun.”

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