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Production Planner

The Coca-Cola Company

  • Location: Allentown, PA - USA
  • Post Date: 2/1/2019
  • Job Type: FULL TIME
  • TRAVEL REQUIRED: 00% - 25%
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Job ID: R-21135

Position Overview:

Why Join Coca-Cola North America?

It's an exciting time to work in The Coca-Cola Company's flagship market. We're accelerating our momentum as the fastest-growing large consumer goods company in North America by putting people at the heart of our business and everything we do - whether we're innovating to give consumers the drinks and packaging sizes they want, or building our eCommerce capabilities. People are our focus when we're collaborating with our diverse network of locally-connected bottling partners, and when we're returning every drop of water we use to communities and nature. And people - with the different backgrounds, skills and perspectives they bring to our workplace - are helping transform our business, one big idea at a time. We empower our employees to challenge the status quo, make bold recommendations, experiment and adapt, so we can grow together and make a great business even better

Function Specific Activities:

Function Specific Activities:

  • Plan production: work with plant operations to understand constraints and capabilities to achieve optimal planning by increasing output while reducing cost.
  • Generates, review and monitor purchase orders. 
  • Resolve errors on purchase orders as needed by working with AP, supplier and receiving facility. 
  • Ensure that incoming materials are in compliance with Coca-Cola standards. 
  • Review reports for stock outs and expedite open orders to full fill production schedule. 
  • Works with procurement on supplier's opportunities with order quantities and lead times.
  • Inventory management: Optimize inventory levels using statistical models to design min/max/re-order levels to for finished goods and raw materials in order to support operational plans and customer demand of the plant as well as inventory levels within the parameter set by inventory policy. 
  • Monitoring levels continuously making adjustments to future planned production and purchase orders as necessary.  Monitor “age of stock” reports to avoid risk of slow moving and obsolete materials.
  • Master Data:  maintain, monitor and revise essential system planning data to ensure SAP system effectively planning future material requirements for finished goods and raw materials.
  • Appreciation for the importance that master data plays in driving the MRP process.  Must have ability to identify gaps in master data that are driving sub-optimal MRP results.
  • Demand Forecast:  review historical customer orders and material usage versus forecast and work with Demand Planning on under/over forecast to achieved optimal inventory management. 
  • Knowledge of demand forecasting techniques and inputs (e.g. business trends, seasonality, consumption patterns).
  • Supplier Collaboration:  Ensure that the SAP system creating demand signals sufficient to drive supplier production planning. 
  • Maintain tactical execution relationships with supplier production and distribution points sharing information regarding quality and delivery failures.
  • New Items & Product discontinuations:  Ensure availability of material requirements for all new product and package launches. 
  • Coordinate run-out of materials and/or ingredients for all package sunsets. Also coordinates the commercialization of new products. 
  • Clearly and proactively communicate potential supply chain interruptions. 



  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience

Related Work Experience:

  • At least 4 years of experience in Production Planning/Material Planning/Inventory Control

Technical Skills:

  • Ability to define a problem, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions and solutions.
  • Must possess strong analytical skills.
  • Material Requirements Planning - ability to plan materials in SAP in order to support ongoing business. Information Systems - Knowledge and use of SAP or Logility.  
  • Advance excel and access experience is a plus.  Ability to access, analyze and utilize information in a manner that adds value to the organization.  Ability to propose system enhancements based on business needs.

Job Requirements:

Years of Experience:

Growth Behaviors:

  • GROWTH MINDSET: Demonstrates curiosity. Welcomes failure as a learning opportunity.
  • SMART RISK: Makes bold decisions/recommendations.
  • EXTERNALLY FOCUSED: Understands the upstream and downstream implications of his/her work. Tracks and shares external trends, best practices or ideas.
  • PERFORMANCE DRIVEN AND ACCOUNTABLE: Has high performance standards. Outperforms her/his peers.
  • FAST/AGILE: Removes barriers to move faster. Experiments and adapts. Thrives under pressure and fast pace.
  • EMPOWERED: Brings solutions instead of problems. Challenges the status quo. Has the courage to take an unpopular stance.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Apply
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