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Manufacturing Production Planner

A manufacturing 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. Manufacturing production planners may progress to a managerial or executive position depending on the internal organization structure and industry.

Manufacturing companies often employ manufacturing production planners to help plan and manage the facility’s production lines. Production planners have specific skills and education that help them understand production needs and how to plan, manage and implement new methods.

Production Planner

What does a Manufacturing Production Planner do?

Production Planner

A manufacturing production planner is a professional who oversees production in a manufacturing plant and helps plan for production needs. They work closely with managers, team members and company executives to identify the production needs of the business and help set quotas and other important metrics for production. They manage, organize and solve problems as they develop, modify and direct production schedules to ensure the timely delivery of products.

Manufacturing production planners coordinate workflows for one or more products. They detail the necessary production equipment, raw materials and labor needs for production. The manufacturing production planner typically submits a report on the product workflow needs and determines the timeframe in which the production staff can finish a product order.

  • Production Priorities

    Manufacturing production planners help identify priority products and operations to optimize workflows and meet order requirements. The production planner decides which products take priority and coordinates the projects' needs on the production floor.

  • Communication Skills

    Manufacturing production planners typically report to production managers or other supervisory staff. They might take part in production meetings to brainstorm new production methods.

  • Increase Efficiency

    Manufacturing production planners find and study output information during the production process to help make the process more efficient. This includes collecting direct data, using software to collect and analyze production output and studying quality control data.

  • Problem Solving Skills

    Manufacturing production planners also address any issues, setbacks or quality control concerns with the production process. This might include recalling products for quality control or identifying setbacks.

Senior Production Planner

Senior production planners design the blueprint for how products are made. They decide which products should be manufactured and the exact quantities their company needs. They set quotas for the manufacturing process and generate feasible timetables that will meet those quotas. Senior production planners also make sure to do quality checks, taking into account carefully researched consumer data and feedback.
Most employers require their senior production planners to at least have a college diploma. Common degrees include business, supply chain management, and management. Other qualifications include strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills.

Manufacturing Scheduler

A manufacturing scheduler, who can also be referred to as a production scheduler, is responsible for determining the products to be built, and the machines or production lines to be used in producing them in a manufacturing company.

A manufacturing scheduler’s job description entails planning and organizing a manufacturing company’s work (production) schedule. Manufacturing schedulers do this by making use of information from job orders and available inventory.

Master Scheduler

As a master scheduler, your primary job duties are the creation and implementation of schedules for your organization’s production or manufacturing needs, to ensure efficient operations. Exact responsibilities vary widely by industry, though manufacturing industries often hire master schedulers as part of best practices. A key aspect of your position is to monitor the implementation of scheduling to determine better future practices, evaluating success to further streamline all processes. You likely collaborate with others within your organization, especially information technology workers, to develop computer applications for schedule management.

Production Manager

Production managers provide daily supervision of production operators, coordinate activities to meet the forecasted demand of consumables, train and develop production operators, compile and present production metrics, and help to create/update manufacturing work instructions. As needed, the production supervisor/manager may be required to perform consumables production alongside the production operators. This individual must be a strong communicator, as understanding and interpreting detailed instructions, along with the ability to relay those instructions to others both verbally and in writing, is a key element of this role.



The estimated total pay for a manufacturing production planner is $67,593 per year.

0 - 1 Years

Manufacturing production planners with 0 - 1 years experience earn on average:

$82,760 per year
7 - 9 Years

Manufacturing production planner with 7 - 9 years experience earn on average:

$88,301 per year
4 - 6 Years

Manufacturing production planner with 4 - 6 years experience earn on average:

$86,607 per year
10+ Years

Manufacturing production planner with 10+ years experience earn on average:

$94,955 - $95,823 per year
1 - 3 Years

Manufacturing production planner with 1 - 3 years experience earn on average:

$87,618 per year

These are 2021 national salary averages and may fluctuate based on location.

What does the workplace for a Manufacturing Production Planner look like?

Manufacturing production planners typically work in manufacturing plants or warehouses. Often, planners work a full-time schedule of 40 hours per week. To conduct their duties, planners often work in a variety of locations throughout the day, from the production floor to storage warehouses to an office desk or cubicle. They work both on their feet, walking around the production area, and sitting at a desk.

Manufacturing production planners often collaborate with warehouse staff, production and other managers, production staff and quality control departments. They work as a team to create a high-quality, high-efficiency production process for the company. This includes communicating needs, errors or expectations, attending meetings and submitting correct paperwork to each department.

How to Become a Manufacturing Production Planner?

Manufacturing Production Planner

A bachelor’s degree is preferred by most companies when hiring a manufacturing 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.

Typical Qualifications:

  • 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

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