Production Scheduler

Location : 110 Continental Drive, Richmond, KY 40475

Who We Are:

Challenge’s mission is to manufacture with operational excellence by empowering our employee-owners. As a leading tier 1 supplier of complex metal assemblies for the global automotive industry, we drive innovative solutions for future mobility. We believe the best ideas come from individual unique perspectives. These ideas combined with the teamwork of industry leaders allow us to accomplish any challenge. Our team members take pride in the work we do and embody our core values of safety, ownership, and teamwork every day; they are the true driving force in our operations.

Challenge is proud to be one of the largest employee-owned atumotive companies in North America. One of the many benefits of joining the Challenge team is the ESOP program. This program allows Challenge to give shares of the Company to all employee-owners annually. These shares are an additional retirement benefit that will continue to grow during your time at Challenge. Being part of an ESOP means our employee-owners share in Challenge’s success!

Challenge is #QualityDriven and #PeoplePowered!

Who We Want:

The Production Scheduler will be responsible for ensuring best practice(s) in demand planning, inventory planning, production planning and supply planning, with linkage to site financials. The Production Scheduler plays a key role in the overall business growth and inventory reduction strategies. This position will work closely with the functional leaders and site materials teams. Production Scheduler shall be responsible for coordinating the activities of production and operators. The Production Scheduler shall ensure that production schedules are created and completed on time, and within budget.

What You'll Do:

  • Prepare daily production schedules
  • Issue work orders per production schedule
  • Participate with Material Requirement Planning improvements/implementation team
  • Assist with Cycle counting/Bar Coding
  • Ensure integrity of Data Entry
  • Participate with Inventories
  • Estimate materials and labor required for production
  • Coordinate activities with warehouse and production teams
  • Monitor production progress
  • Compile worksheets and specifications of orders
  • Prepare and maintain progress and other reports
  • Create, maintain, and ensure execution of the production schedule
  • Review long-term forecasts to identify and mitigate possible capacity/material issues and recommend appropriate action
  • Ensure that work orders are completed in a timely fashion, within budget
  • Work with other supervisors to coordinate operations and activities within and between departments
  • Participate in launch meetings to plan out activities in future time periods.
  • Perform ongoing analysis of weekly, monthly, and future capacity to optimize product level loading and achieve manufacturing continuity during low and high-volume months.
  • Manage cycle count activities to ensure proper counts are conducted and the inventory is accurate.
  • Review demand and supply to understand bottleneck and propose alternative capacity or areas needing capacity improvement to meet demand.
  • Participate in business planning meetings to plan out activities in future time periods.
  • Constantly look for improvements and help implement solutions. Recommend components to stock to support a pull system for products and to reduce lead-times.
  • Perform ongoing analysis of weekly, monthly and future capacity to optimize product level loading and achieve manufacturing continuity during low and high-volume months.
  • Read and analyze charts, work orders, production schedules and other records / reports to determine production requirements and to evaluate current production estimates and outputs
  • Team attitude; eager to cooperate with others with exceptional interpersonal communication skills.
  • Willing to put in extra effort and hours as needed.
  • Competent with computer software such as, Microsoft office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, MS Project).
  • Knowledge of MRP/ERP systems (Plex is a strong plus).

When and Where:

This will be a 1st Shift / 8AM-5PM M-F position located at our Plant in Richmond, KY 

What You Need to Have:

  • High School Diploma required.
  • Minimum of one year work experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Strong understanding and working knowledge of Inventory Control.
  • Associate degree preferred (major or concentration in Supply Chain Management/Logistics is a strong plus).
  • Experience with Plex Systems ERP/ MRP strongly preferred, Computer literacy required, including MS Office (Excel)
  • Previous experience in automotive industry preferred.
  • Experience using GM Power Systems or Honda Web preferred.
  • Has high standards of performance for self.
  • Takes responsibility for actions, results, and mistakes.
  • Is thorough, accurate, and reliable when performing and completing job tasks; demonstrates honesty and integrity in all aspects of work.
  • Ability to solve problems in a fast-paced and high-volume environment with emphasis on customer service, accuracy, and timeliness

What We Offer:

We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, Health Savings Account with annual employer contributions, Flexible Spending Accounts, company-paid Short-Term Disability and Basic Life, Voluntary Life and LTD, Employer 401k Match, ESOP shares, tuition reimbursement, Referral Bonus Program, Challenge Incentive Program, and paid time off.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.