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Title:  Planner - Manufacturing


1. Ensures 100 percent on-time delivery of products to finished goods as scheduled by AE’s committed shipment date.  Improves AE’s ability to meet customer delivery requirements by understanding BU capacity, identifying constraints, and actively reducing lead times(availability) by product.  Minimizes AE’s investment in raw and finished material inventory where appropriate

2. This position will be located in Raunheim, Germany. 




  • Plans, schedules, coordinates and/or monitors final approval of products through the complete production cycle.
  • Coordinates production plans to ensure materials are provided according to schedules. 
  • Provides input to management; schedules and/or interfaces with marketing, sales, production and engineering managers.
  • Works to resolve (in case of design changes) labor and material shortages, backlogs and other potential schedule interruptions.
  • Develops and implements the company's production control functions including any of the following activities: master scheduling, production planning/coordination, shop scheduling and dispatching, material requirements, planning systems, work-in-process tracking, material and labor variance controls, and manufacturing performance reporting. 
  • Approves quantities, schedules and parts lists provided to the material control organization to ensure timely and complete ordering, as well as receipt and issuance of production material requirements.
  • Coordinates and implements Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) in production.
  • Analyzes long lead time parts and works with purchasing to develop custom supply solutions (e.g. point-of-use material, line-side stocking, kanban, min-max supply, etc.) 





Primarily works in a manufacturing environment which may be noisy and fast paced.  Because of the nature of the product being produced, high voltage and current conditions exist and appropriate precautions must be observed.

Works in a fast-paced, high urgency environment under very limited supervision. Works in a standard office environment and uses general office equipment and must also be able to navigate through the production environment, following the processes and procedures dictated in manufacturing.





1. Ability to present ideas in a clear and persuasive manner, both orally and in writing.


2. Capability to respond quickly, decisively, assertively, and professionally to changing requirements in demand, product description, and material demand.


3. Excellent judgment and initiative, including the ability to effectively balance multiple priorities





1.  Minimum of three to five years of production planning or material management experience in a dynamic manufacturing environment.


2.  Experience in a high mix/low volume, pull-based manufacturing environment.


3.  Proven track record of success and growth in positions of increasing responsibility.


4.  Previous experience with SAP.




1.  Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management, Finance, Materials Management, Computer Information Sciences, or Engineering, or equivalent education and/or experience. 



  1. All of the requirements of a Planner
  2. At least 3 -5 years in Purchasing/Planning environment
  3. Initiates and drives process improvement projects
  4. Trains new and lower level planners in established processes
  5. Assist, in partnership with purchasing, in generating supply solutions for reduction of lead-time.
  6. Ability to solve problems and make sound decisions with minimal support from management
  7. Proficient in all SAP applications related to Planning