The Weir Group PLC

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Senior Production Planner
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Company Profiles

Weir has been in business since 1871 and our sustainability and success has been built on attracting, retaining, and developing exceptional people.


As a global company, employing around 15,000 people in over 70 countries, we reflect the diversity of our customers in the diversity of our people and ensure everyone is given the opportunity to flourish regardless of their gender, race, beliefs or background.


Weir is an inclusive and innovative organisation where you can be your authentic self. We continually develop our talent and diversity of thought to keep our business relevant, innovative and successful for the future.


Enabling our people to unleash their full potential is central to ‘We are Weir’, our vision, mission, and strategic priorities. We aim to be the most admired engineering business in our markets and we'll achieve that ambition by being the employer of choice in our markets.


We offer a wide range of career opportunities across a variety of technical and business roles in engineering, manufacturing and service locations worldwide.


Business Need / Purpose of Role

Under the direction of the Production Control Manager, the Senior Production Planner is responsible for identifying and prioritizing production requirements and coordinating the flow of materials and parts to meet production schedules in accordance with company policies and procedures.

Objectives & Measurement - Key Responsibilities



    Open and maintain all manufacturing/assembly work orders. Make changes/cancellations to manufacturing work orders based upon changes to customer orders, ECOs (Engineering Change Orders), etc. as required.


    Review work center schedules using the current scheduling process (heijunka, kanban, MRP, etc.) and review scheduled work center load to available capacity.


    Compile and distribute daily, weekly, or monthly production reports based on data compiled, tabulated, and computed. Distribute work orders as required.


    Confer with team leader, operator, or team manager to determine progress of shop work. Provide update of progress at appropriate meeting or via report.


    Respond to Customer Service requests regarding service parts availability information on a timely basis.


    Communicate with Purchasing and Operations Departments to ensure material availability for product assembly.


    Coordinate and schedule the rework of all parts that have been written up on NCRs (Non Conformance Reports).


    Ensure all manufacturing work orders requiring outside processes as a result of capacity limitations are correct and generated on a timely basis.


    Ensure that production schedules reflect the need for performance test requirements as required.


    Coordinate production efforts toward the accomplishment of special, unique projects. Coordinate efforts in prototypes and startups of new product lines.


    Ensure proper, accurate records, files, data bases, etc. are maintained, as required, within areas of responsibility.

    Regular and reliable attendance is key to performance of this job.


    Assist in the implementation of new methods and continuous improvement of business processes. Propose and/or implement process improvement ideas.


    Provide work and leadership training for other employees and in absence of Production Control Manager as required.


    Assist production schedulers by providing guidance and checking daily work.


    Assist Production Control Manager in reducing department process errors.


    Promote and maintain a flexible, cooperative, team oriented, and customer focused attitude within and between departments.


    Complete special projects as assigned.


    Comply with all Operations Department and Company policies, procedures, and programs.


    Keep the Production Control Manager aware of pertinent issues and information warranting their knowledge, action and/or resolution (i.e. shortages, design changes, and backlogs).


    Follow and comply with all safety and work rules and regulations. Maintain departmental housekeeping standards.


    Participate on cross-functional teams to ensure the continuous, ongoing improvement of processes, methods, productivity and quality, while reducing costs.


    Responsible for Environmental Health and Safety management and policy commitments as prescribed for this role in Weir's Duty of Care.


    Nothing in this position description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Job Knowledge / Education and Qualifications



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Associate’s degree or equivalent from two-year college or technical school and 4 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Two years or more working experience with IBM AS400 (MAPICS XA software) preferred.



Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.



Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.



Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.



Requires a valid driver’s license.



Comprehensive organization, communication, motivation, human relations, record keeping, problem solving and follow-through skills required. Must be able to work with minimum supervision.  Must be accurate and detail oriented.  Ability to promote and maintain positive relationships. Ability to project and maintain professionalism with a diversity of people inside and outside the Company.  Ability to work under pressure and in stressful situations and maintain attention to detail.



Ability to operate a variety of standard business machines, such as computer and job related software (Microsoft Office & Lotus Notes), telephone, fax, photocopier, tag printer, etc.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear.   The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb or balance. 


The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision as well as depth perception and ability to adjust focus.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts.

General office environment. Limited exposure to noise, fumes, and temperature changes when working in the manufacturing area. Moderate noise.


Core Competencies

Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly.


Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.


Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrives at meetings and appointments on time.


Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.


Initiative - Volunteers readily; undertakes self-development activities; seeks increased responsibilities; takes independent actions and calculated risks; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; asks for and offers help when needed.


Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas; presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process; makes timely decisions.


Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; measures self against standard of excellence; takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.


Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans.


Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.

Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.


Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.


Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; responds promptly to customer needs; solicits customer feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance; meets commitments.


Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.


Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings.


Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.


Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone's efforts to succeed.


Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs work flows and procedures.


Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.


Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.