The work environment for a manufacturing planner is usually in an office setting, although some travel may be required to visit manufacturing plants or suppliers. The job is typically full time, and overtime may be required to meet deadlines or to respond to production problems. The work can be stressful, as manufacturing planners are often under pressure to meet production goals while minimizing costs. They must be able to work well under pressure and have excellent problem-solving skills.
Production planners are mainly office-based, but also spend time out on the factory shop floor. Factory environments depend upon the goods being produced and, in some cases, may be dusty, dirty, hot or noisy. Modern factories can be clean, light and air-conditioned.
Manufacturing production planners usually work a 37 to 40 hour week, Monday to Friday. They may also work evenings or weekends.