Dean Foods

  • Production Planning Analyst I

    Job Locations US-MI-Wyoming
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Transportation & Warehousing
    Bachelor's Degree
    Relocation Assistance
  • Job Description & Requirements

    The Production Planner is responsible for ensuring adequate inventory of materials and supplies at the plant either directly or through others to include Purchasing for Resale (PFR) products. He/she manages inventories of goods and supplies to insure plant maintains an adequate supply without carrying excessive inventories, at plant or supplier location. He/she works with Plant Management and Corporate Procurement to insure all items are ordered from approved suppliers and meet all Dean Foods’ specifications and QA requirements.


    Job Description:

    • Order and manage incoming raw materials, packaging materials, supplies and other items as needed by the plant directly or through others.
    • Maintain adequate inventories of materials and supplies by developing and using a broad and deep working understanding of Plant operational requirements and supplier lead times.
    • Performs activities that determine quantities of and delivery schedules for raw materials, parts and assemblies required to meet scheduled production, including the use of DMA (or other applicable ERP system) to create PO’s, schedules and balance inventories; ensures inventory is not excessive.
    • Completes Company-standard PO’s for all purchases, approves invoices for payment, verifying quantities and pricing.
    • Follows up with suppliers to ensure on-time delivery dates.
    • Provides for management and ordering of Purchase for Resale (PFRs) items.
    • Identifies Plant-level supply requirements and provide input to the Procurement Group for prioritization and sourcing actions.
    • Collaborates with QA, Plant Management, and Corporate Procurement to ensure suppliers are qualified and approved from a quality standpoint.
    • Leads the effort at the plant level to achieve 100% compliance with each supplier program. Works with the group Procurement Director and other available resources to track and monitor compliance of all procurement programs.
    • Sources and negotiates pricing and terms for locally purchased items that are not part of Corporate Procurement programs; keeps Corporate Procurement informed about local suppliers and activates.
    • Manages local supplier relationships to ensure that supplier expectations are clearly understood and performance against those expectations are being measured and monitored on a regular basis.
    • Coordinates plant-level inputs to Supplier Scorecards as determined by Corporate Procurement.
    • Seeks out and implements inventory best practices as appropriate.
    • Provides date-driven input regarding supplier incidents, concerns and corrective actions. Applies Supplier Nonconformance Reporting process (aka Zero Defects).
    • Performs other duties assigned.

    Job Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree preferred or a minimum of 2 years’ related experience and/or training combination of education and experience at a minimum.
    • Skilled proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and DMA or other applicable ERP system.
    • Excellent verbal/written communication skills.
    • Ability to adapt to changing organizational and operational needs.
    • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
    • Skill in organization, prioritization, and attention to detail.
    • Strong team player and leader with the ability to work and influence others across multiple functions and disciplines.

    Must be able to pass all pre-employment screens (including drug, background and criminal checks).

    EEO Statement

    Dean Foods considers marijuana (including medical marijuana) to be an illegal drug. Dean Foods will rescind offers of employment to applicants who test positive for marijuana (unless restricted from doing so by state or local law). Dean Foods is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.


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