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With over 80 years as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day approximately 9,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $1.9 billion in revenues in fiscal 2020. Learn more at www.kennametal.com. Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.




Production Planner - LaVergne, TN

Job Summary:


The Planning analyst has responsibility for developing and issuing executable production schedules for assigned work centers in accordance with the established scheduling methodology in order to meet or exceed customer service level goals.  This position will set appropriate stocking levels based on production and demand. The position is responsible for researching and setting appropriate MRP signals in SAP and all planning data to optimize and simplify the planning process while maximizing the resources. The position coordinates daily with the Production Supervisors of the assigned work centers to validate or modify the production schedule and to resolve issues affecting schedule adherence and customer service level performance. The position is the primary point of contact for all customer service inquiries and issues and is responsible for providing accurate and timely lead-time estimates and order status information.



Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring a smooth flow through the shop including evaluation of WIP levels and value stream supply status. 
  • Communication and coordination with Production Supervisors and CSR’s. 
  • Strong advocacy for the customer
  • Accountable to schedule execution and shop flow.  Works closely with production supervisors to ensure schedule adherence and recovery.
  • Initiate and participate in continuous improvement activities related to production planning, customer service, and inventory management.
  • Review SAP data integrity for assigned work centers and materials.
  • Manage and maintain inventory levels ensuring an uninterrupted supply of parts while maintaining optimal inventory levels, along with ensuring customer reliability and meeting target inventory turns.
  • Responsible to plan for both internal and external production resources required to support customer delivery schedules.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in analyzing data relating to product forecasting, scheduling, or shipment forecasting
  • SAP experience 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • LEAN implementation experience




As part of our core values, Kennametal is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all people.  We are an Equal Opportunity employer.

Nearest Major Market: Nashville

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