Kobelco Vacancy

Production Control Planner

06 May 2020


The Production Control Planner has the responsibility to create, review, amend, and maintain attainable and effective production planning schedules for assigned products and product families. The production control planner is expected to utilize system tools inclusive of material requirements planning and capacity planning to ensure that the supply chain is effective in meeting the needs of our sales department while maintaining required delivery and inventory goals. The position requires the coordination of several aspects of the manufacturing process with our partner third party assembly facility, from parts ordering to shipping of complete product. The production control planner has a significant impact on sales and shop floor activity and therefore must be a creative (out of the box) thinker with sound decision making ability that acts with the sales department in mind.


  • Responsible for compiling, modifying and issuing production orders to third party manufacturing facility in the Netherlands, by using SAP system
  • Communicates daily with Sales Team for production order intake, processing, troubleshooting
  • Able to work independently with less supervision
  • Responsible for planning of and maintaining production schedule and communicating
    with third party Dutch assembly facility regarding said schedule
  •  Communicates directly with Kobelco Japan and China factories regarding supply chain, quotation request, parts ordering, materials status, engineering changes and other items
  • Track progression of production orders, investigate factors that affect schedules and modify plans as necessary
  • Reviews and maintains SAP data integrity inclusive of routings and Bill of Material accuracy
  • Analyzes forecasted demand to ensure safety stock and strategic inventory levels on finished goods are maintained
  • Manages and maintains optimal inventory levels ensuring uninterrupted supply of parts to the manufacturing facility, coordinates with third-party assembler for optimal use of warehouse
  • Parts damage management, working
  • closely with Quality Assurance manager to ensure timely order of necessary parts for repair
  • Executes MRP and issues purchase requisitions to parts suppliers daily
  • Ensure that engineering changes to production parts are implemented on time and communicated to third party assembler, with minimal impact to production and finished units
  • Expedites critical orders throughout the supply chain
  • Informs management of potential production problems and assist in the implementation of both short and long term solutions
  • Communicates and coordinates with third party assembly facility person in charge to ensure production and shipping schedule adherence and recovery, if required
  • Initiates and participates in continuous improvement activities related to production planning, customer service and inventory management. Participate as required in problem-solving teams, kaizen events, cross-functional committees, and multi-discipline initiatives
  • Performs other related functions as required to achieve department and site objectives



  • Preference for a Dutch native speaker
  • English speaking, writing and reading skills
  • Flexible and able to respond swiftly and effectively to changing priorities
  • Excellent problem-solving ability
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Proficient business / financial skills
  • Ability to make formal and appealing presentations
  • Proficiency with computer tools (MS Office minimum)



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Engineering or related field from an accredited college or university OR
  • Associate’s Degree with at least 5 years of experience in supply chain, scheduling, production control OR Dutch HBO – Bachelor’s degree in Applied Sciences
  • At least 5 years work experience in supply chain, scheduling, production control in manufacturing industry
  • Working knowledge of SAP (or other ERP system), Bill of Material (BOM), Materials Requirement Planning (MRP), manufacturing procedures and workflow and shop capacity
  • English speaking, writing and reading skills

Within the company, we have a very international team, and the company language is English. For this specific position, we are considering candidates who are fluent in at least English. Additional languages are a plus.


  • A challenging position in a multi-cultural company
  • A no-nonsense international working environment

If you wish to apply for the above position, please e-mail your motivation letter, CV and salary expectations to recruitment-eu@kobelconet.com
We are looking forward to receiving your application.


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