Production Planner

Dairy Farmers of America

Richmond, IN

The Production Planner is responsible for ensuring adequate inventory of materials and supplies at the plant either directly or through others to include Purchasing for Resale (PFR) products. He/she manages inventories of goods and supplies to ensure plant maintains an adequate supply without carrying excessive inventories, at plant or supplier location. He/she works with Plant Management and Corporate Procurement to insure all items are ordered from approved suppliers and meet all DFA Dairy Brands’ specifications and QA requirements.


  • Order and manage incoming raw materials, packaging materials, supplies and other items as needed by the plant directly or through others.
  • Maintain adequate inventories of materials and supplies by developing and using a broad and deep working understanding of Plant operational requirements and supplier lead times.
  • Performs activities that determine quantities of and delivery schedules for raw materials, parts and assemblies required to meet scheduled production, including the use of DMA (or other applicable ERP system) to create PO’s, schedules and balance inventories; ensures inventory is not excessive.
  • Completes Company-standard PO’s for all purchases, approves invoices for payment, verifying quantities and pricing.
  • Follows up with suppliers to ensure on-time delivery dates.
  • Provides for management and ordering of Purchase for Resale (PFRs) items.
  • Identifies Plant-level supply requirements and provide input to the Procurement Group for prioritization and sourcing actions.
  • Collaborates with QA, Plant Management, and Corporate Procurement to ensure suppliers are qualified and approved from a quality standpoint.
  • Leads the effort at the plant level to achieve 100% compliance with each supplier program. Works with the group Procurement Director and other available resources to track and monitor compliance of all procurement programs.
  • Sources and negotiates pricing and terms for locally purchased items that are not part of Corporate Procurement programs; keeps Corporate Procurement informed about local suppliers and activates.
  • Manages local supplier relationships to ensure that supplier expectations are clearly understood and performance against those expectations are being measured and monitored on a regular basis.
  • Coordinates plant-level inputs to Supplier Scorecards as determined by Corporate Procurement.
  • Seeks out and implements inventory best practices as appropriate.
  • Provides date-driven input regarding supplier incidents, concerns and corrective actions. Applies Supplier Nonconformance Reporting process (aka Zero Defects).
  • Performs other duties assigned.