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Master Scheduler-Broomfield, CO-(Posted 05/29/13)

Master Scheduler

Bestop, Inc. located in Broomfield, CO has an immediate need for a Master Scheduler.  We offer a competitive wage and benefits package.

Bestop was founded in 1954 and is a division of Magna International. Bestop produces premium Jeep, Truck, & UTV products.  Bestop is the most widely recognized brand for Soft Goods in the market.  We provide OEM soft tops directly to Chrysler Jeep. 

The master scheduler is responsible for establishing, reviewing and maintaining the master production schedule in alignment with Sales, Inventory, and Operations.  Establishing the master schedule will involve working closely with operations leaders, material planners, production planners, and others to coordinate manufacturing plans that achieve the company objectives relative to customer service, efficient resource/capacity utilization, and inventory investment.   The master scheduler will be responsible for analyzing scenarios that balance demand and supply while optimizing inventory and minimizing the impact of demand volatility.

Requirements for the Position:

  1. Plans and prepares production schedules for manufacture of industrial or commercial products: Draws up master schedule to establish sequence and lead time of each operation to meet shipping dates according to sales forecasts or customer orders.
  2. Analyzes production specifications and plant capacity data and performs mathematical calculations to determine manufacturing processes, tools, and human resource requirements.
  3. Controls inventory levels and accuracy to service customer orders with the least amount of inventory and the quickest release to manufacturing. 
  4. Expedites operations that delay schedules and alters schedules to meet unforeseen conditions.
  5. Control safety stock level to ensure service levels are maintained.
  6. Coordinate plants to ensure schedule adherence.
  7. Ensures the proper delivery of materials and services for production according to customer and production commitments.
  8. Interacts with plant management and supply chain management to maintain accuracy of schedule dates and communicates any production delays.

Key Competencies:

  1. Ability to effectively make complex decisions with limited time and information and can determine decision making criteria based on priorities.
  2. Ability to collaborate effectively across multiple disciplines with internal and external resources.
  3. Strong analytical capabilities, with a basic understanding of statistical analysis techniques.
  4. Strong interpersonal skills, independent problem resolution, proven leadership ability, and the ability to manage the requirement of others.
  5. Comfortable leading discussion and debate both within peer group and with other departments and management.
  6. Data access/retrieval skills with extensive experience in data analysis, data manipulation using MS Excel and/or other tools as provided.
  7. Working knowledge of ERP system.

 Experience and Skills Required:

  1. BS/BA degree
  2. Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in analyzing data relating to product forecasting, master scheduling, or shipment forecasting.
  3. Experience in operations, inventory management, MRP and lean manufacturing processes.

Pre-placement drug screening and background check is required.  

We offer a competitive wage and benefits package.

Qualified and interested candidates should email their resume and salary requirements to: [email protected]

Forecaster/Planner (Published 05/17/2013)

Date:                           May 14, 2013

Position Title:             Forecaster/Planner

Department:               Operations

Reports to:                  Supply Chain Operations Manager

Classification:             Exempt

General Purpose:

The primary focus of this position is to effectively execute the creation of a product level forecast and assist in the operations of production scheduling, capacity planning, production release, in-process execution and inventory management.

The Forecast Planner is also responsible for leading areas of the planning processes, assisting vendors on capacity and priority control, and providing communication to the various Pearl Izumi departments, most importantly, by leading weekly consensus building meetings regarding the master schedules with the executive team.

Education and Training:

  • B.A./B.S. degree required
  • APICS Certification preferred

 

Experience Minimum:

  • 3 Years in Production Planning or Master Scheduling required
  • 5 Years Supply Chain experience required

 

Job Qualifications:

  • Existing domain skills and experience with operations planning, master planning, and vendor management related to managing production planning.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills; including ability to think and plan strategically related to supply chain execution.
  • Attention to detail, ability to manage multiple sources of data and prioritize issues towards a singular goal.
  • Ability to manage multiple sales channels, product seasons, and conflicting objectives (service vs. inventory management).
  • Provide concise and regular updates to other company departments.
  • Proficiency in manufacturing software applications such as Master Planning & MRP, as well as office automation tools such as Microsoft Excel and Access.
  • Proven experience and understanding of factory production techniques, operations, and processes, including tracking purchase orders, balancing factories, and general delivery requirements.
  • Proactive thinking, initiative and composure in a fast paced environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication; Strong organizational skills

           

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

Forecasting & Planning:

  • Create and maintain a product level forecast for Spring and Fall seasons.
  • Responsible for managing company master production schedules for all divisions and achieving general production planning calendar timelines.
  • Adjusts the conflicting balance of Pearl Izumi’s customer service vs. inventory levels – 2 of our company’s major objectives; service levels set at an industry leading 94% while maintaining a lean inventory within company guidelines
  • Constantly administers the four levers of operational excellence – Priority Planning, Capacity Planning, Priority Control and Capacity Control, including frequent direct negotiation with vendors
  • Solely responsible for the planning production timing for vendors, managing multiple factories located internationally and domestically
  • Accountable for $25+ million in planning and purchasing each season with less than 25% excess production
  • Key role in the organizing the planning phases of the clearly defined Sales and Ops process, including master plan meetings with executive team members where a consensus must be reached with the key departments toward common & conflicting objectives
  • Organize the individual forecasts of distributors into a divisional level forecast useable by our operations system
  • Balance requirements of various departments from a product visibility and delivery viewpoint; includes planning updates, availability reports, stock on hand reporting, PMI support, sales program support, and special projects as necessary for US and Intl divisions
  • May coordinate activities of others throughout the company to ensure balance of inventory and delivery
  • Provide input to various fiscal reports; including costing, revenue expectations, cash flow requirements, etc.
  • Frequently adjust and manage the optimal size percentage curves for all active skus

 

Purchasing Coordination:

  • Maintain the critical balance of capacity & requirements planning and prioritization.
  • Manage the accumulation, response and negotiation regarding leadtimes, order minimums and shipment minimums with all vendors each season
  • Create buy plan releases as dictated by lead-times and master plans
  • Manage and resolve challenges that are faced at the vendor level, including PO delays, development delays, materials delivery issues, etc.  to create win-win solutions.  May include negotiation of additional costs related to above.
  • In collaboration with the sales teams, work to track and expedite outstanding purchase orders to ensure continual product availability.
  • Communicate seasonal forecasts & bi-weekly updates to vendor forecast.
  • All other tasks as related to support of the teams global supply chain execution

 

Note:  This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with this position.

Apply throught the Career sit at www.pearlizumi.com

 

Buyer at Carefree of Colorado (06/28/2011)

 

POSTED 06/28/2011

Carefree of Colorado, a division of the Scott Fetzer Company, offers a creative, high energy manufacturing environment committed to innovation and excellence as a leading supplier to marine and global RV markets.  We have an exciting opportunity within our Purchasing team for a highly motivated, self-starter with the ability to solve day-to-day as well as bigger project problems.

 

Qualified candidates must possess the following:           

 

  • A minimum of 1-2 years experience in a manufacturing purchasing environment or technical degree with understanding of manufacturing and/or engineering principles.
  • Purchasing experience with international markets
  • Ability to thoroughly understand manufacturing concepts.
  • Knowledge of MRP/ERP systems.
  • Technical aptitude to read or learn to read engineering drawings is required.
  • Strong ability to plan, source, negotiate and make decisions.
  • Ability to ensure that production schedule requirements are met.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills are a must.
  • Must have extensive computer knowledge.
  • Ability to identify and develop sources of supply that are capable of providing products and services consistent with Carefree’s requirements for service, total cost, quality and innovation.
  • Must also possess the ability to translate forecasting information into material requirements to ensure an adequate source of supply utilizing approved inventory levels.

 

In addition to possessing experience in and the ability to perform the duties outlined above, the qualified candidate will possess a Bachelor Degree in Business, Engineering or other technical focus or a combination of education and experience.

 

We offer competitive wages, growth opportunities and a comprehensive benefit package including:

 

  • Medical and Life Insurance
  • Short-term and Long-term Disability Insurance
  • 401(k) with a company match
  • Paid vacations and holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement and much more

 

If you meet each of the above requirements and are interested in becoming part of a dynamic team in a people empowered, growing company, send your resume, with salary requirements via e-mail, fax or feel free to apply in person.  

 

All responses must include salary requirements to be considered.

 

Out-of-state candidates will be considered, but relocation assistance is not available.

 

Please visit our website at www.carefreeofcolorado.com for more information.

Supplier Manager at Carefree of Colorado (06/28/2011)

Carefree ofColorado, a division of the Scott Fetzer Company, offers a creative, high energy manufacturing environment committed to innovation and excellence as a leading supplier to the RV domestic, international and Marine markets.  We have an opening within our Purchasing department for a high energy, self-motivated, problem solver to manage our supplier base.

 

BASIC FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITY:

  • Proactively manage the supply base for aluminum extrusions, fabrics and die-castings. 
  • Collaborate with Material Planning, Engineering, Manufacturing and other internal departments to proactively drive supplier selection, assessment, negotiations, new product introduction target dates, contract performance, supply base consolidations, quality improvements, cost reductions and other critical performance metrics.
  • Negotiate and complete contracts with strategic and preferred suppliers to maximum benefits and reduce risk of unintended costs of supply.
  • Ability to forecast commodity trends and fluctuations to anticipate potential cost pressures and adjust supplier management activities
  • Conduct analysis of data to create and maintain preferred supplier database.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, or a combination of education and experience
  • 5+ years of experience as a Supplier Manager or related field preferred

 

We offer competitive wages, growth opportunities and a comprehensive benefit package including:

  • Medical and Life Insurance
  • Short-term and Long-term Disability Insurance
  • 401(k) with a company match
  • Paid vacations and holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement and much more

 

If you meet each of the above requirements and are interested in becoming part of a dynamic team in a people empowered, growing company, send your resume, with salary requirements via e-mail, fax or feel free to apply in person.  

 

All responses must include salary requirements to be considered.

 

Out-of-state candidates will be considered, but relocation assistance is not available.

 

Please visit our website at www.carefreeofcolorado.com for more information.

Purchasing Engineer At Carefree of Colorado (06/29/2011)

PURCHASING ENGINEER (INTERN)

 

Carefree of Colorado, a division of the Scott Fetzer Company and Berkshire Hathaway, is a manufacturer and supplier to the RV and Marine OEM and Aftermarket with a forty year history of quality and innovation.  We have created a career launching opportunity for a high energy, positive thinking recent Engineering graduate or current student intern, looking to start a career in the manufacturing field.

 

As a direct report to our Director of Materials, the duties and responsibilities of this position include:

 

  • Using Microsoft Excel and Friedman ERP software to plan, organize and purchase materials for manufacturing our products.
  • Using technical knowledge of components and their function to make appropriate sourcing and buying decisions
  • Using internet searches to research and locate sources of supply
  • Negotiating with sources of supply for best overall value
  • Interpreting suppliers manufacturing capabilities and technical strengths and applying them appropriately to our needs

 

Candidates must possess:

  • Recent degree in an Engineering discipline (or current student intern)
  • Understanding of Lean manufacturing concepts. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent Microsoft Excel skills; CAD skills a plus (especially SolidWorks)
  • Creative problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with multiple and changing priorities.
  • Excellent planning, organization and time management skills.  Must be thorough, detail oriented, and possess strong analytical and technical skills
  • Ability to read and interpret Engineering drawings especially tolerancing, material and manufacturing requirements.
  • Ability to communicate and deal effectively with suppliers, customers and all employee groups within the business.

 If you meet the above requirements and are interested in becoming part of a dynamic team in a people-empowered environment as a paid intern with the possibility of being hired on full-time after the internship ends, send your resume and salary requirements via e-mail to [email protected].

 

If hired full-time after internship ends, we offer competitive wages and a comprehensive benefit package, which includes:

  • Medical and life insurance
  • 401(k) with a company match
  • Paid vacations and holidays
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Tuition reimbursement and much more!

 Please visit our website at www.carefreeofcolorado.com for more information about our company.  No relocation offered for this position.