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Production Planner

Date: Aug 6, 2022

Location: Zaandam, South Holland, NL, 1502 BC

Company: IFF Family of Companies

Job Description


The 3 main objectives of the production planner are the following:


  • Manage information flow and assists in optimizing material flow of Danisco Zaandam to obtain target customer service level at lowest cost and stock risk.
  • Organise, supervise, administrate and execute all activities regarding purchasing of chemicals and packaging materials in such a way that continuity of production is warranted at the lowest possible cost in line with SHEQ requirements.
  • Take decisions and execute in demand planning, production- and procurement planning.




  • Receives or collects sales forecasts from the distributors monthly
  • Supervises forecasts which are provided by master planner as basis for production capacity and procurement planning and continuously monitors adjustments and modifications of demand charges. 
  • Establishes worksheets, often based on downloads from SAP
  • Carries out all monthly statistics to measure key performance indicators such as OTIF (on-time-in-full) / FA (forecast accuracy), day’s supply (coverage of inventory in days), identifies special problems (cause-analyses), prepares basis for action plans to reduce inventory level of slow-/non-moving items (non-saleable products) and reports proposed improvements to the SOIP-meeting.
  • Monitors sales developments vs. forecast, identifies and investigates significant discrepancies.
  • Monitors and reviews defined safety stock levels, customer- and product segmentation, changes codes upon approval of market responsibles.
  • Plans and coordinates production with "third parties“  toll manufacturing, defines production time and quantity, need of ingredients and supervises the entire process (material- and information flow).
  • As a member of the SOIP-meeting assists with problems related to sudden unexpected significant demand changes creating shortages in the supply chain.
  • Defines, as a member of the SOIP-meeting, demand schedule for strategic raw materials long term planning (guar splits and guar powder) for the international lead buyer, business manager procurement and plant manager. Takes care of a weekly overview.
  • Takes care of continuous branch expertise through regular activities in the field of supply chain management.
  • Analyses the monthly operation report for the production manager.
  • Executes Danisco Zaandam’s weekly production planning and production planning meeting. Checks daily sales order book and translates it into the weekly production planning.
  • Takes care of the daily procurement and import activities together with the assistant-purchaser and keeps the department going during holidays and replacements.




  • MBO + / HBO working and thinking proven by experience or qualifications;
  • Fluent knowledge of Dutch and English,  additional language is an advantage;
  • You have the ability to oversee processes
  • You are stress resistant and flexible. 
  • Good communication skills
  • Proficient in data analysis
  • Knowledge of SAP (ERP) and MS Office