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Production Scheduler

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Location: Pontiac, IL, United States
Date Posted: Sep 19, 2019

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Job Description


Job Purpose

To develop and manage a production scheduling process that is innovative and promotes maximization of efficiency and optimization of resources/assets internally while retaining enough flexibility to ensure that all customer needs are met in a timely and cost-conscious manner.  Responsible for key supply chain performance indicators across velocity and order-to-delivery.

Develops production plan to accommodate customer demand within practical production capabilities and balances the often conflicting objectives of employment stability, efficient manufacturing and appropriate inventory levels to achieve optimum costs.  
Develops schedules for all assembly lines, and coordinates these schedules with the machine shop. Monitors external issues which impact on scheduling concerns.
Develops availability and inventory strategies that satisfy product needs of the Annual Business Plan (ABP) shipment forecast.  Incumbent is a key team member involved in inventory strategy development, including reduction efforts and other lean activities.  Assists facility supply chain leaders in developing inventory strategies to reconcile fluctuating demand and the need for factory stability while minimizing inventory investment.    Monitors the production plan and modifies as needed to maintain acceptable product availability and inventory levels.  Collects, monitors and analyzes actual results against business variables of the ABP forecasts such as sales to users, orders, shipments and factory and dealer inventory.  Develops a plan for critical review by Product Managers, materials, factory managers and marketing subsidiaries, explaining why this plan provides the best solutions given conflicting objectives.
In addition, the incumbent leads and provides support for multiple project teams working with Supply Chain Performance and Planning groups at facilities and the Global Supplier Constraint Management Team to ensure robust capacity and constraint management is used in the development of master production plans.  
Allocates product in short supply based on margin, forecasts, large project requirements, special customers, etc. Provides subject matter expertise to project teams addressing supply constraints, performing impact analysis and data. 

Develops phase-in/phase-out schedule plans for New Product Introduction.  Provides leadership, training and coaching to Scheduling Analysts

This position requires minimal travel (up to 10%)


Basic Qualifications

  • Knowledge and understanding of 6 Sigma project management principles.
  • College or university degree, preferably in Supply Chain and/or Logistics or Industrial Engineering or 6 years of Supply Chain or Manufacturing Experience.
  • MFG Pro knowledge and experience.

Top Candidates Will Also Have

  • Thorough understanding of company policies and procedures
  • Solid product knowledge of Fuel Systems and/or Aftertreatment 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, organization and communication skills
  • Previous scheduling experience
  • Advanced experience with Microsoft Excel

Additional Information:

  • This position will close Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 11:59 PM CST

Caterpillar is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status; however, as a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website at (

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Sep 19, 2019


United States