Senior Production Planner

Our Client is the European branch of a Japanese Company and is located in the Ghent canal zone. It is an innovative company specialized in the development, production and commercialization of food additives and compounds. It focuses on the European chocolate, cookie, ice cream and baby food industries. We are currently looking for a Senior Production Planner.

Description de la fonction

You ensure together with the production planner a correct production planning in the complex environment of the department “Refining and Hydrogenation” that is ‘batch driven’ as we mainly produce ‘tailor made’ products according to the requirements agreed with our clients . Together with the production planner you ensure a weekly production and needs planning in function of the high quality requirements and timing proposed by the customer. You review and refine the essential KPI's and follow them up.

You are a pivot between R&D, purchasing, sales, production and logistics, across the whole organization. You organize a smooth flow of communication and reconcile the divergent interests.

You will develop together with all planners and local stakeholders (sales, production, logistics, lab) new strategies for better stock management and production planning

You are thoroughly familiar with existing production and planning processes, which tend to be more comparable to those in chemical plants than in regular food production in view of the refining and hydrogenation processes that are involved.

You improve on the planning with the company's own tools (interfaces and SAP) and help manage stocks of raw materials, intermediate products, auxiliary raw materials, bulk and packaged end products.

You have previously been involved in the implementation of complex MRP tools in SAP and are able to take the lead in the new SAP MRP that is being put in place. You will be a key user for SAP and will lift the use of the MRP to a higher level.

You are able to identify critical points in the planning and production process and suggest improvements to reduce complexity and increase output/man-hour.

You are familiar with highly complexity planning for a production system that is essentially customized for major clients. On the other hand, you have experience with reorganizations within production units and can contribute to their successful implementation. Planning activities are currently still spread across the different production units. The intention is to make planning better coordinated. Therefore, you are able to eventually manage a 'central' planning team of 4-5 planners.

exigences de l'emploi

Education: Master in chemistry, food technology, bio-engineering... or equivalent through experience.

Work mentality: you work accurately, are stress resistant, have a 24/7 mentality, with a pragmatic approach where your helicopter view always prevails. You do not get lost in details, but keep the big picture in mind. You can easily set priorities, make links and do the necessary communications so that everyone is in the flow.

You have knowledge of logistical processes and have an eye for critical food issues: hygiene, food safety, contamination and natural variation in quality of components.

Experience: ideally you have 10 or more years of experience with planning within a production environment.

You are familiar with IT systems, and specifically with the MRP modules of SAP. Knowledge of WMS, LIMS, Scheduling are a plus. General understanding of IT interfaces is necessary.

Languages: good knowledge of Dutch and English.

You have an open, constructive communication style with a great willingness to listen (what interests others) and the appropriate assertiveness (what can and what cannot be done, taking into account objective information regarding raw materials, delivery times...). Your critical view is necessary.

You always put customer focus and quality first, without losing sight of efficiency.


A challenging 12 month Interim Management assignment in a knowledge based environment with highly skilled and experienced colleagues within an international group that is one of the leaders in their field. The company has ambitious growth plans and the means to realize them. If your assignment is successful, there is an option to extend it or to become a regular employee of the company.

définition organisationnelle et ministérielle

You are part of the management team.

You will report to the General Manager.

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Patrick Michielsen Partner