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Production Planner

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Date: 11-Jan-2022

Location: Ashford, GB

Company: Premier Foods

A great British food company 

Premier Foods is one of Britain’s biggest listed food companies, employing over 4,000 colleagues at 15 manufacturing sites and offices up and down the country.

Many of our brands have been part of UK life for more than a century and you’ll find them in 94% of British households.

At Premier foods we believe in inclusion, authenticity and individuality. We aim to ensure all existing and potential colleagues are given equitable opportunities and are respected, valued and encouraged to bring their true authentic selves to work no matter who they are, what they look like, who they love or what they believe in. Our culture is one where everyone is welcome. 

Production Planner

Permanent role – based at the Ashford site

Monday to Friday 37.5 hours per week (with some flexibility)

Salary - £32,000 per annum



We have a great opportunity to work for one of the biggest and most recognised food businesses in the UK at the Ashford site as part of the Supply Chain Team.

The Production Planner is responsible for planning Ashford produced items and maintain high customer service levels whilst continually looking to reduce cost and waste.


What you’ll be doing:

  • Be responsible for planning several production lines and mixing processes
  • Represent Supply Chain Team on Business Customer Service calls.
  • Producing accurate weekly production plans that are aligned with the needs of operations around engineering work, labour and skills.
  • Preparing monthly reports on long term line utilisation with ideas on how to optimise plans to drive production efficiencies and reduce costs
  • Calculate optimum stock holdings and set up systems accordingly.
  • Monitoring potential or actual out of stock situations and taking appropriate actions.
  • Monitor product shelf-life and actively work with other departments to ensure most cost- effective sales route is found for any at risk stock
  • Deputise for the Planning Manager when needed.
  • Build relationships with internal factory contacts: other planners, factory management, other factory functions e.g. QA, Finance & Logistics.
  • Being involved in site Loss Review process to drive continuous improvement
  • Represent Supply Chain on cross-functional NPD project teams as required

 What we need from you:

  • Educated to A-level or equivalent.
  • Highly competent in the use of IT software especially Excel.
  • Competent user of SAP planning systems.
  • Ability to manage a broad and complex portfolio of goods, focusing on priorities against a challenging backdrop of change.
  • Highly Analytical and able to work under pressure and on own initiative.
  • Excellent attention to detail and problem solving skills.
  • Understanding of production planning, material supply and NPD processes.
  • Knowledge of planning processes including creating plans and scheduling.

 What we offer you in return:

  • A great place to work
  • Competitive salary 
  • Employee discount scheme including travel, food and shopping discounts
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Employer pension contributions
  • In-house Occupational Health
  • Sports and Social Club