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Position: Planner

Location: Plymouth, MI

Responsible for the planning, execution and management of production orders for the assigned product families including material requirements planning and ensuring conformance with product specifications. Continuously monitor, analyze, troubleshoot and improve processes to meet Company and Production Department Goals & Objectives.


  • Embrace and comply with current Plant Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality Policies related to production planning and execution.
  • Responsible for planning and monitoring production activities for assigned product portfolios to meet production targets in quality, quantity, and delivery date. It is expected that any foreseen failure to deliver on time be communicated to the appropriate individuals within the organization in a timely manner.
  • Communicate with plant operators to ensure production orders are followed correctly; respond to questions and concerns raised on the plant floor. Resolve deviations with the assistance of the Operations Team. .
  • Identify operating problems/trends and suggest corrective actions including recipe adjustment to meet or exceed standard performance in term of EH&S, Quality, Completion date, Productivity, and Cost.
  • Investigate and provide recommendations for continuous process improvement using established Change Control procedures, utilizing the needed resources to meet Company & Production Department Goals and Objectives.
  • Maintain and ensure data integrity in SAP, LIMS (laboratory information management system) and other Company information systems for the assigned product families and maintain optimal work-in-process inventory.
  • Provide assistance, when needed, to other departments who need production resources for projects such as product transitions/introductions and customer complaint investigations.
  • Continuous learning of technical and non-technical skills related to planning, hydrometallurgy, mineral processing, work place safety, and operations supervision.
  • Provide vacation coverage for other Planners or other special coverage when needed.
  • Support continuous improvement initiatives through 5-S and other lean manufacturing methodologies
  • Support the upkeep of plant standard operating procedures and of documentation relating to process improvements, capacity improvements or other optimization and R&D initiatives..
  • Responsible for special assignments as needed by the Operations Team..

We expect


  • A technical diploma or university degree with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in an industrial environment or anequivalent combination of education and experience.


  • SAP training in MM/PP
  • Analytical troubleshooting
  • Lean Manufacturing and 5S.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent in both verbal and written communication, interpersonal and troubleshooting skills.
  • Incumbent should be detail oriented with good prioritization and problem solving skills.
  • Good team player and flexible.

About us

Oerlikon is a leading global technology Group, with a clear strategy of becoming a global powerhouse in Surface Solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. The Group is committed to investing in value-bringing technologies that provide customers with lighter, more durable materials that are able to increase performance, improve efficiency and reduce the use of scarce resources. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 15 000 employees at 186 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.85 billion. Sustaining growth and improving profitability in 2018: order intake to increase up to CHF 3.4 billion, sales to around CHF 3.2 billion, and the EBITDA margin to improve to around 15 % (after investments).

Oerlikon Metco enhances surfaces that bring benefits to customers through a uniquely broad range of surface technologies, equipment, materials and services. With a dynamically growing network of locations worldwide Oerlikon Metco serves industries such as aviation, energy, oil & gas, automotive, industrial and other specialized markets. Join us and become a part of our future oriented, international team! We have a great benefits package including medical insurance, dental and vision, tuition reimbursement, health and wellness benefits, and 401(K).

Statement of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action: Oerlikon Metco is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is the policy of Oerlikon Metco to provide for and promote equal employment opportunity in employment compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination based on age, race, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, Vietnam Era Veteran status, genetic predisposition, or carrier status. Oerlikon Metco is committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs and activities for individuals with disabilities. It is the policy of our company to provide reasonable accommodation to a qualified individual with a disability to enable such individual to perform the essential functions of the position for which he/she is applying or in which he/she is employed. Further, it is our policy to provide reasonable accommodation for religious observers.

The policy applies to all employment practices and actions. It includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, job application process, examination and testing, hiring, training, disciplinary actions, rate of pay or other compensation, advancement, classification, transfer, reassignment and promotions. If you require an accommodation during the application process or for issues concerning Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity please contact Human Resources.