Planner – Job specification

 Vocation Brewery began brewing in 2015, quickly gaining a reputation for modern hopped forward beers. From small beginnings it has grown rapidly to be one of the UK’s leading independent craft breweries. We currently employ 60 people in the Head Office and Brewery teams, and around 60 more in the growing portfolio of Vocation & Co venues.

We’ve found our Vocation in bringing better beer to more people, and we seek to empower others to find theirs - through personal and professional nurturing, and an ongoing commitment to progressive recruitment and employment practices. All employees and applicants to Vocation Brewery are treated equitably regardless of age, gender, marital or civil partnership status, colour, ethnic or national origin, culture, religious belief, philosophical belief, political opinion, disability, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

 About the role 

We are looking for a qualified planner to organise production according to demand and quality standards. You will be the one to ensure our goods are produced on time for distribution in a profitable manner.

An excellent production planner is well-versed in production procedures and ways to optimise them. They are organised and results-driven with great problem-solving skills. Advanced communication and computer skills are very useful for the role.

As the planner you will be responsible for the transactions relating to the movement of goods in and finished product out, ensuring raw materials are available in line with production demands. You will also be responsible for the planning of packaging requirements to meet production needs. Booking transport for deliveries and collection.

 What we expect from you:  

  • Plan weekly brew schedule building, including brewing order, FV and gyle allocation
  • Plan weekly Process schedule building, including BBT allocation and determining process method (spin/carb/filter)
  • Plan weekly packaging schedule building, (large and small pack)
  • Daily adjustments to all above schedules; i.e. adjusting orders due to time losses or breakdowns
  • Liaising with demand planner and packaging shift leads to determine if above schedules are achievable
  • Daily plan management; i.e. updating total volumes to be packaged
  • Yeast management – this ties into no.1, as building the plan for cropping and pitching yeast will also determine whether or not the brewing schedule is achievable
  • RM ordering corresponding to schedule demand – spot purchases for special releases, or extra items on priority dispatch if plan updates last minute
  • Plan and prioritise operations to ensure maximum performance and minimum delay
  • Determine manpower, equipment and raw materials needed to cover production demand
  • Monitor jobs to ensure they will finish on time and within budget
  • Address issues when they arise aiming for minimum disruption
  • Prepare and submit status and performance reports
  • Keep paperwork organised
  • Successfully communicate forecast and inventory estimations to management
  • Monitor and report on important changes in sales forecasts, budgets, and business strategies
  • Address demand-related issues in a timely and effective manner

 Key skills and experience: 

  • Proven experience as production and demand planner
  • Solid understanding of inventory management practices and procedures
  • Excellent knowledge of production planning and quality control principles
  • Experience in MRP (Manufacturing resource planning)
  • Working knowledge of MS Office and ERP systems
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication abilities
  • Further education or certification is preferred
  • Strong communicator
  • Logical thinker and able to process information quickly and efficiently.

 Key relationships: 

  • Brewery Operations Manager
  • Brewing Director
  • Supply Chain Operations Manager
  • Warehouse Manager

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