Operations Planner

  • Fixed term, fulltime
  • 37.5 per week
  • Ellesmere, UK and Remote

This document provides an overview of the responsibility, leading and supporting task, experience, knowledge, personal traits & skills of the Operations Planner. It concerns a complete Operations Planner responsibility with a strong focus on customer OTIF, supply chain and delivering such targets related to these areas.

As the main representative, the Operations Planner has a key role in the organisation. The Operations Planner is responsible for a wide range of tasks such as processing sale orders / sales demand into the planning MRP system in a timely manner and accurately, ensuring that production schedule requirements are planned to meet both company and customer delivery dates, whilst focussing on operations planning constraints and delivery OTIF.

The Operations Planner proactively initiates, executes, develops and evaluates in good cooperation with relevant employees, peers and Group MD timely the following tasks:

Leading (Expert Function)

  • Ensuring all MRP results are actioned and delivered within a given timescale which ensures 95% availability of parts on site to line or supply
  • Inventory Management to keep within given targets whilst actively seeking to reduce Inventory

Supporting (Support Function)

  • Customer service
  • Production
  • Logistics

Personal Traits & Skills

  • High Performance attitude & drive; not wanting to be average in terms of personal development and achieving business results. Entrepreneurial attitude
  • Excellent leadership and management skills; equipped with strong and effective communication, interpersonal & listening skills
  • Positive, constructive attitude radiating energy and drive to accomplish goals & targets
  • Energy & focus to achieve – group – results in a professional manner
  • Self-starter; Able to work independently, preferably without supervision, but as part of the team
  • Creative & inquisitive; out of the box thinker
  • Consulting & service attitude; a humble, but resolute behaviour
  • Intrinsically motivated; eager to learn
  • Analytical; you can think strategically, and you can handle complexity
  • Assertive; not afraid to ask questions and to make mistakes
  • Capable of working with deadlines while ensuring high quality of results delivered
  • Representative, networker, eye for detail, able to make things happen.

Background & Experience

  • Experience within a Planning or Purchasing department
  • Highly skilled at building and maintaining effective and productive relationships with key stakeholders and suppliers
  • Analytical, numerically astute with strong proven problem identification and solution abilities


  • A good working knowledge of MRP systems (LN) and MRP Inventory management and planning in general
  • A good working knowledge of Excel and Word

Specific remarks
Specific remarks concerning the job of the Operation Planner are:

  • Laser and Fabrication Planning
  • Engineering Change Requests
  • Dual supply implementation and execution
  • Forecasting
  • Supplier portals and bespoke ordering methods
  • Invoice queries

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

What We Offer

  • A fixed term, fulltime position
  • 37.5 weekly working hours
    • Monday – Wednesday 08:00 to 17:00 (onsite)
    • Thursday 08:00 to 16:30 (onsite)
    • Friday 08:00 to 12:00 (working from home)
  • EAP System
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Long Service Award Scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice pension scheme
  • Life assurance, subject to participating in the Company pension scheme.

Applications are being processed via Nicholas Associates. Please email danny.faulkner@nicholasassociates.co.uk
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