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Master Scheduler
Mars | Chicago, Illinois
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Job Description

A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there's more to being in business than just making a profit. That's the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it's never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It's about how you can grab everything that's within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It's about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we'll all be a little better off. It's that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, operates six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.

Mars brands include: Petcare - PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital, CESAR®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES® and NUTRO®; Chocolate - M&M'S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley - DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™- chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints. Food - UNCLE BEN'S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks - ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™-, THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY™-, KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience - COCOAVIA® and WISDOM PANEL®.

 
Position Summary:
 
The master scheduling process is designed to ensure that adequate resources are available or planned for prior to exploring the gross requirements through MRP to create the Material Plan and Detailed Capacity Plan in order to comply with required Service Levels. The Master Scheduler (MPS) controls the anticipated build schedule using the tools of Rough Cut Capacity Planning, Planning Bills of Material and Firm Planned Orders to validate plans and communicate the master schedule. The MPS must possess detailed knowledge of all of the materials and processes that contribute to the marketing, design, sales, manufacture and distribution of the products that they will be scheduling. The MPS must also be capable of developing a working line of communication with people from all areas and all levels of the organization that have an effect on or are affected by the master schedule.
 
Major Responsibilities:
 
- Develops a working knowledge of the company's products and process to ensure optimal master schedule stability and load leveling.
 
- Creates a master schedule that satisfies customer demand with optimum inventory levels and resource utilization. Ensures that the master schedule can be used for detailed material and capacity planning as well as financial planning.

-  Responsible to hand over a feasible master schedule plan to the local factory planner for execution.

-  Analyzes the demand and supply balance at the product family and master schedule levels, determining out-of-balance conditions, identifying alternatives and recommending corrective action.

-  Anticipate supply problems and implement resolution working jointly with the plants and the demand control teams.

-  Provide alternatives and costs to any change within the time fence to production schedules based on change  in demand as well as seek approvals. Manage costs in autonomy within the agreed budget.

-  Chairs the weekly master scheduling meeting for the purpose of identifying, negotiating and resolving conflicts with respect to material and capacity availability and order promising.

-  Provide alternatives and scenarios with clear assumptions and costs in case demand is higher than supply and prioritize production in line with the sales/customer priorities agreed with the demand control team.

-  Seeks ways to reduce internal lead times as well as lead times to customers through performance improvement projects working directly with the plant and with the sales teams.

-  Works with planning team leader(s) and product team leader(s) to identify critical "bottleneck" operations or resources and determine the capacities for each resource.

-  Acts as single point of contact with the demand control team to determine future work plan based upon demand forecast, order trends and abnormal demands.

-  Develops and maintains the rules of engagement for demand control, including master scheduling policy. Assists in developing and implementing improvements to production scheduling functions.

-  Assess risks and gaps within the schedule and communicate appropriately the risks within the organization.

-  Co-ordinate the aggregation of planned production via planning bills and link it to the overall supply plan and IBP process, highlighting differences in volume and costs versus the agreed IBP plans.

-  Creates and maintains the critical resource file and load profiles for each resource in the rough-cut capacity planning system of ERP.

-  Summarizes daily and weekly master schedules for released and firm planned orders and compares these to the production plan to insure consistency.

-  Respond in a timely manner to action messages generated by the master scheduling software.

-  Assuring that no master scheduled item will have a released or firm planned order date less than the current date.

-  With direction from finance is responsible for the inventory levels for each product line under their control.

-  Creation of a financial summary of over planned and or safety sock inventories to ensure that they are within budget.

-  Authorizes all safety stocks and option over planned items and determines the quantity for each.

-  Maintains scheduling parameters such as, manufacturing calendar, lot sizes, safety stocks, delivery times, and order file data for all master scheduled items.

-  Requires up to 20% travel.
 
Education/Training:

-  Requires BS degree in Business, Statistical Analysis, Engineering or other related field.

Preferred:

-  Certification in Production and Inventory Management through the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) preferred.

-  Training classes to include Master Scheduling, Just-in-Time, Sales and Operations Planning, Demand Management and Forecasting, Demand Flow Techniques, Lean Manufacturing, etc.   

 

 

Relative Experience/Requirements:


-  5+ years of corporate and/or plant experience with food ingredient products and processes that will be scheduled. Detailed knowledge of process.

-  Proficient in SAP or Manugistics planning tools and systems.
 
-  5+ years prior supply chain planning experience in a CPG, pharma, chemical, or food manufacturing environment.

-  Proficient in Excel (pivot tables, lookups, data extraction).

-  Ability to understand facilities, production lines and flow of materials and communicate to the organization bottlenecks and options to increase output and customer satisfaction.
 

Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

About Mars

Mars, Incorporated is a private, family-owned company founded in 1911 and employing more than 65,000 associates at over 370 sites, including 135 factories, in 68 countries worldwide. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, U.S.A., Mars, Incorporated is one of the world's largest food companies, generating global sales of more than $28 billion annually and operating in six business segments: Chocolate, Petcare, Wrigley Gum and Confections, Food, Drinks, and Symbioscience. These segments produce some of the world's leading brands: Chocolate - M&M'S(r), SNICKERS(r), DOVE(r), GALAXY(r), MARS(r), MILKY WAY(r) and TWIX(r) Petcare - PEDIGREE(r), WHISKAS(r), SHEBA(r), CESAR(r), NUTRO(r), GREENIES(r), and ROYAL CANIN(r); Wrigley - ORBIT(r), EXTRA(r), STARBURST(r), DOUBLEMINT(r) and SKITTLES(r); Food - UNCLE BEN'S(r), DOLMIO(r), EBLY(r), MASTERFOODS(r) and SEEDS OF CHANGE(r); Drinks - KLIX(r) and FLAVIA(r); Symbioscience - WISDOM PANEL(tm), SERAMIS(r), CIRKUHEALTH(tm) and COCOAPRO(r).

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