Position Description

Production Planner / Scheduler (FQP&P)
Location SC - Anderson
Employment Duration Full time
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First Quality was founded in 1989 and, in nearly three decades, has grown to be a global privately held company with over 4,000 employees. Its corporate offices are located in Great Neck, New York, with manufacturing facilities and offices in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, and Canada. First Quality is a diversified family of companies manufacturing consumer products ranging from Absorbent Hygiene (adult incontinence, feminine care, and baby care), Tissue (bath and towel), and Industrial (print and packaging materials and thermoformed plastics), serving institutional and retail markets throughout the world. First Quality focuses on private label and branded product lines.


Our core business philosophy is built on a proud culture driven by safety and quality, respect, humility, integrity, customer focus, and teamwork. With leading edge manufacturing technologies and processes and visionary leadership, First Quality is positioned to continue significant growth in the coming years. We are seeking an experienced Production Planner / Scheduler for our Print & Packaging facility located in Anderson, SC.  This position will be responsible for planning and preparing production schedules for manufacture of commercial products with the primary goal to optimize Customer Service targets and production line change-over strategies while maintaining appropriate inventory levels of both raw materials and finished goods.


Primary responsibilities include:


  • Follows necessary GMP regulations/guidelines.

  • Develops an optimal Production Schedule by balancing the following factors in collaboration with Customer Service and Production:

    • (Demand) - Draws up master schedule to establish sequence and lead time of each operation to meet shipping dates according to sales forecasts and customer orders.

    • (Capacity) - Analyzes production specifications and plant capacity data and performs mathematical calculations to determine manufacturing processes, tools, and human resource requirements.

    • (Run Strategy) - Plans and schedules workflow for production operations department according to previously established manufacturing sequences and lead times.

  • Communicates plans with all relevant departments in the form of monthly, weekly, and daily production schedules and reports.

  • Works with production and engineering to optimize utilization of equipment and maximize overall efficiency.

  • Tracks forecast accuracy and adherence to production plans and makes adjustments as needed.

  • Determines, requisitions, and maintains the appropriate quantities considering costs, space requirements, and relevant timing of raw materials to procure to meet the above said production schedules.

  • Coordinates with QA, R&D, Sales, Purchasing, Shipping, Production, Maintenance, Process Engineering, and ownership for product changes and new product introductions.

  • Coordinates with Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service to develop forecasts for planning purposes.

  • Creates and reviews with appropriate parties’ 18-month capacity plan for finished goods, raw materials, staffing, and equipment requirements.

  • Performs other duties as necessary when directed to do so.


The ideal candidate should possess the following:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Logistics, Production Management, or Industrial Engineering, preferred.

  • Two or more years in manufacturing planning with an emphasis in repetitive manufacturing.

  • Experience in dealing with Purchasing, Shipping, Receiving, and Operating Departments.

  • Fundamental knowledge of Microsoft Office and ERP/Planning Systems. SAP (MRP) experience is a plus.

  • Advanced communication skills.

  • Advanced problem solving skills.

  • Analytical abilities with solid business background and understanding.


Excellent compensation and benefits, which are effective the first day of employment!


First Quality is committed to protecting information under the care of First Quality Enterprises commensurate with leading industry standards and applicable regulations.  As such, First Quality provides at least annual training regarding data privacy and security to employees who, as a result of their role specifications, may come in to contact with sensitive data.


First Quality is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, or protected Veteran status.



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