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Business:  Kalmar
Job Function:  Operations / Assembly

Ottawa, KS, US

Production Planner

Kalmar keeps global trade moving. Our innovative solutions contribute to every fourth container movement in the world and help transform the future of cargo handling. We believe in collaboration, delivering on our promises and that people make the difference.

Purpose of the position

Long and Short-term Production Planning

Main tasks and responsibilities

•    Compliance with system procedures and instructions
•    Planning and scheduling production in the manufacturing area to include:
•    Alignment with the material planners on the availability of components
•    Alignment with the production department on the weekly efficiency of production lines
•    Updates to the Production schedule accordingly
•    Analysis of orders and forecasts received from Master Planner (Order Review & IBP process)
•    Key user in the development of the Enterprise Resource Planning and Lean Execution Systems.
•    Assists Project Leaders with administrative and reporting aspects of multiple and concurrent projects
•    Document and build processes, create work instructions, risk assessments, and submits controlled documents
•    Maintains project files and ensures Bills of Materials are properly set up for Operation, Station and 
•    User areas in respective software applications (ERP & LES).
•    Performs a variety of ad hoc administrative and clerical duties, and other duties as assigned by the manager and staff.
•    Assist in the implementation and daily maintenance of capacity planning.
•    Assist in material follow up actions to ensure customer required dates are met. 
•    Coordinates the daily production release (D-4) meetings to include alterations to the production schedule (skipped and reinserted units).  Working with planning and sourcing on securing part shortages for production.
•    Training new employees
•    Oversee, plan and execute (without managerial authority) operation / assembly work to ensure that all production tasks are performed, and all machines and equipment operated safely. Implement key operational level activities to ensure continuous improvement.
•    Monitor the volume and quality of output and adjust tasks, timing, equipment set-up, or inputs so that production specifications are met and resources are used efficiently and meets the schedule. 
•    Obligation to comply with the instructions of the supervisor, which relate to work, if they are not contrary to law or the contract of employment
•    Obligation to work conscientiously and carefully
•    Caring for the continuous improvement of the Integrated Quality, Environment, Health and Safety Management System (creating, improving process and system documentation and maintaining it continuing timeliness and suitability, compliance with health and safety and environmental protection 

What you’ll need to succeed

High school diploma or equivalent 

 Minimum 1 year experience in a similar position
•    Experience working with INFOR LN ERP system or similar system    
•    Minimum 3 years of experience in planning the production of an international production company

 Has well developed communication skills, both oral and written
•    Organizational skills
•    Striving for continuous improvement 
•    Experience with Lean execution, preferred
•    Has self-confidence to work independently and make important decisions independently
•    Driving force, energetic and result oriented
•    Problem-solver, experience with A3 preferred
•    Positive attitude 
•    Fluent in English, both oral and written


You will be part of

  • Kalmar is part of a global organization with over 12,000 employees worldwide- We have a very talented and diverse workforce focused on equity & inclusion.
  • We believe in our people as it is our people who really make the difference.
  • We always work in close collaboration with our customers, deliver on our promises and never walk away no matter how big the challenge.
  • We succeed because we do it together.
  • With us, you will have the opportunity to realize your potential and become an important member of our global team.

Interested to join?

Please submit your resume/CV to be considered!

Kalmar is part of Cargotec

Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to the heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move.


Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2022 totalled approximately EUR 4 billion and it employs around 11,500 people.