Production Planner

  • Augusta (Richmond County)
  • Full-time

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Aurubis – metallurgy is our passion. We are a leading global multi-metal company and one of the largest copper recyclers worldwide. We process complex metal concentrates, scrap metals, and metal-bearing recycling materials into metals of the highest purity. These metals serve as the basis for key megatrends such as digitalization, renewable energies, e-mobility, and urbanization. Aurubis has about 7,100 employees, production sites in Europe and the US, and an extensive worldwide distribution system. Join our team and promote progress together with us!

Production Planner

Your Tasks

Job Summary:

As the Production Planner, your primary responsibility will be to oversee the execution of production plans, monitoring production process to identify and address any issues that arise, resolving issues, and adjusting production schedules as needed to ensure proper analytical quality of feed mix and efficient resources are available on-site.  This includes (but is not limited to): actively steering inventories, improving service levels, reducing costs, and identifying operational growth opportunities by monitoring assigned responsibilities of local production planning of Aurubis Richmond. The successful candidate will have a strong background in production planning, experience in budgeting and forecasting a production schedule, knowledge in software utilization and data management, proven expertise in working in a fast-paced environment and a focus on safety and environmental topics. In addition, the successful candidate possesses a combination of technical and analytical skills, can continuously prioritize, and shines in a challenging environment.


The position's focus is on optimizing the production process to meet demand while minimizing costs and ensuring quality and safety. The Production Planner plays a critical role in coordinating the supply chain management production planning schedule with the different departments and stakeholders to ensure that the production process is running smoothly, and that the organization can meet its business objectives. In addition, the goal is to ensure that production processes in Aurubis Richmond are efficient, effective, and aligned with the organization's goals and objectives. The coordinator is responsible for monitoring and adjusting production plans, optimizing the feedmix, coordinating with the commercial team to ensure that raw materials are available, monitoring production output, and ensuring that all stakeholders are informed and aligned with production schedules.


  • Responsible for coordinating and maintaining production schedule to ensure efficient utilization of all raw materials for optimizing all production output systems.
  • Responsible for working closely with the Inventory Analyst to ensure the necessary quantity of raw materials and production components is available for production schedules.
  • Monitor and steer production capacity by identifying bottlenecks and constraints within sitewide production.
  • Monitor production output and adjust production plans as needed to meet changing demand or production requirements.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders, including commercial (buyer and sales), regarding material availability, lead times, production capacity, and production output demand.
  • Communication with different stakeholders regarding relevant production activities on site that might affect production.   Ensure that production schedules are communicated effectively to all stakeholders, including the production team, commercial (buyer and sales) team, and group production planning.
  • Responsible for creating and reporting KPIs associated with onsite operations: inventory levels, supplier availability, mandating, forecasting, budgeting etc.
  • Analyze production data to identify trends and opportunities for improvement and provide regular reports to management.
  • Supports Production Planning Manager in her ownership of all production planning activities.
  • Responsible for keeping all production planning up-to-date and adjusting in case of changes.
  • Orders chemical analysis of offered possible raw materials in a laboratory to clarify the possible use and consumption in the production, but also to prevent unwanted impurities and contamination. The analysis results are shared with other sites where the respective raw material could also be processed.
  • Work with the production team to ensure that all production processes are efficient and effective and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Key-User for Production Planning software which will include software implementations.
  • Must successfully communicate, interact, and interface with international and domestic employees of all levels regarding operational and non-operational topics. Examples of roles include (but not limited to): management, leads, engineers, production, maintenance, safety/environmental, procurement, human resources, stakeholders, etc.
  • Ensures professional claim management.  
  • Acts in an industrial environment with high level of compliancy rules (safety, environment, quality).
  • Extensive contact with internal/external suppliers/customers and/or purchasing and customer service department, to identify, research, analyze and resolve issues.
  • Provide support in several areas, including issue resolution, financial performance, adherence to contract terms and solution design and pricing, as needed.
  • Understand, comply, and supports implementation of all federal, state, and company health, safety, and environmental requirements, inspections and procurement of equipment and parts.
  • Establish and maintain communications between all levels of supervision and management – including being responsible for all reporting needs for the SCM department. (May include being part of specialty projects.)
  • Work in partnership with Quality Team, Sample Preparation & Laboratory and Logistics to optimize material and process flows, etc.
  • Supports to implement performance measurement & KPI tracking for operative responsible area. Establish corrective actions for underperforming metrics to ensure performance standards are met

Continuous Improvement

  • If required, support the AOS team and the entire program.
  • Prioritize (improvement) projects and decide on the execution schedule.
  • Structure, coordinate, monitor, optimize and document work processes.
  • Leads the management of projects in Production Planning Team in consultation with manager.
  • Prepares specifications for projects in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Ability to understand, implement and analyze SPC (Statistical Process Control) practices, to add validation to all aspects of the operations on an ongoing basis in addition to providing recommendations on aspects of the department’s strengths, weaknesses and needs.
  • Continuous analysis of current Production Planning Team processes and procedures, proposals for improvements, implementation, and follow-through of agreed-upon changes.


  • Support in establishing and executing budgeting planning in Production Planning Team area such as but not limited to volumes, materials, cost centers.
  • Supports creating budget plan and forecasts for Production Planning Team in collaboration with local and group SCM.


  • Monitor processes and policies to obtain organizational goals. Suggest, formulate, and implement departmental policies and procedures.
  • Create and monitor department metrics and report to management.
  • If requested, act as backup for superior when absent.


  • Work closely together with other departments to ensure lean cooperation.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Your Profile



  • Minimum of 3 years practical experience in related production planning, inventory control or data analyzation.
  • Proven work experience in manufacturing field involving production planning, forecasting, budgeting, and software implementation.
  • Previous experience creating and presenting to various levels including relevant stakeholders and external partners.
  • Experience with ERP systems (SAP) and product flows.
  • Experience with production planning software systems (MES or similar)
  • Must be able to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or board of directors.
  • Strong computer skills (business system, email, Microsoft Office Suite).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (esp. Outlook, Excel, Word)
  • If filled with an internal current employee of Aurubis, individual must be willing to relocate to the US for a minimum of three (3) years with a possibility of extension upon approval, if needed.
  • Must be conversant in current DOT and OSHA regulations.
  • Good in conducting data analysis and reporting statistics.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in and through teams at all levels of the workforce
  • Knowledge of lean/process improvement methodologies


  • Possess an understanding of chemical or metallurgical (production) processes and requirements.
  • Ability to read and interpret prints, drawings, and layouts.
  • Experience with a start-up of a plant is beneficial.


  • Individual must thrive in a fast-paced environment in which he/she must be strategic yet tactical.
  • Able to speak persuasively in positive or negative situations.
  • Ability to portray customer, business, and solution focused leadership.
  • Exhibits a strong work ethic – willing to do what it takes to get the job done.
  • Proven commitment to change and continuous improvement.
  • Exceptional communication skills – includes listening, speaking, etc. to effectively communicate targets and goals to his/her team.
  • Must possess the ability to receive and give constructive feedback.
  • Capability to clearly present information and obtain others’ buy-ins.
  • Must possess analytical and problem-solving ability, with affinity for resourcefulness, and self-driven entrepreneurial style.
  • Proven ability to motivate colleagues and stakeholders.
  • The ability to act decisively and solve problems in terms of production planning requirements.
  • Possess a mindset that embraces challenge and change. 
  • Passion for metals in general and for projects results in specific as well as clear willingness for self-development.
  • Willingness to travel and flexibility.
  • Must be able to exchange ideas and expectations in a productive manner.
  • Ability to promote win-win outcomes in the workplace

Education Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in a related (SCM, Operations Management, Metallurgy, Process Engineering, Chemistry, Business) or 3+ years of equivalent advanced work as production planning coordinator, inventory controller and/or related field, including military experience.
  • Open to obtaining additional certification at the company’s request.

Physical Requirements

  • Varying periods of time sitting at a desk and working on a computer – some may be prolonged periods.
  • Must be able to perform the following: walking, standing, climbing, pulling, and or pushing, carrying, grasping, using hand-to-finger movement, balancing, reaching, twisting, turning, and stooping for most of every day. 
  • May occasionally be required to reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Ability to walk and/or stand for extended periods of time.
  • Good physical condition with the ability to lift to 50 lbs. occasionally.
  • Good hand/eye coordination, motor skills, 20/20 corrected vision and hearing within the normal range. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • There will be prolonged periods of standing and walking in the plant daily.
  • Ability to travel throughout facility as required to conduct safety inspections.
  • Ability to respond quickly and efficiently to all safety needs on the floor or in the office areas.
  • Must wear all required PPE when in protected areas.
  • Willing to some (overnight) travel domestically and/or internationally. Must wear all required PPE when in protected areas.
  • Willing to some (overnight) travel domestically and/or internationally.

We Offer

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance

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