Factories don’t necessarily churn out their products at full speed 24/7. While this might work for consumables like breakfast cereals or such products as chemicals, where shut-downs are not desirable, it is not always appropriate. For the most part, productivity will fluctuate throughout the year or as demand drifts in and out over multi-year cycles.
The master production scheduler will be in charge of taking demand, in the form of concrete orders, seasonal expectations or forecasts, and converting it into products to the warehouse or directly to the clients’ doors in response to the demand. Needless to say, this cannot be done by turning a dial around. For every increase in productivity there will be a commensurate increase in raw materials, parts, maintenance scheduling, staffing, packaging, transportation and perhaps factory hours. While this will be a relatively well drilled and routine operation, it still needs someone to set it in motion.
Generally speaking, master production schedulers are employed to deal with short-term changes rather than strategic alterations in productivity to respond to company policy changes. It’s more of a hands-on task. There will always be problems associated with changes in throughput, and the master scheduler will need to show an aptitude at taking the bull by the horns and working through these issues to the satisfaction of the customers.
Master production scheduling suits people who like to have a hand on the tiller of a business, and they will have a considerable amount of responsibility to make sure their decisions are correct. Overproduction can be as much of a financial drain as underproduction, particularly where perishable goods are involved. An assertive but analytical personality will therefore be essential.
Because you will be the intermediary in the supply chain process, you will be dealing with suppliers, customers and staff who all have their needs, expectations, responsibilities and abilities. You might need to engage in a little negotiation to secure services or materials at short notice or large changes to regular orders, be they up or down. You’ll therefore need great interpersonal and communications skills if you’re to do the job successfully.
Previous experience in production scheduling will clearly be an advantage too. Most employers will be looking for someone to kit the ground running in such a position.
Cast UK’s founder members and consultants all come from the logistics, procurement and supply chain sectors, so we know what employers and candidates are looking for in their staff and careers respectively. We are a growing force in the UK recruitment industry, mainly because these are the only sectors we deal with. Many employers often come to us first to create a candidate shortlist because they know we’re tightly focused on delivering the best people to them.
Applicants approach Cast UK for many reasons. They might be seeking more job fulfilment, they could have been made redundant or they might simply be relocating for family reasons, so it’s good to know that we always have the complete range of positions available nationwide. Please see what’s available in your region and if you’ve seen something you’re interested in, do get in touch – whether it’s today or tomorrow, we might have the ideal position for you.
To find out more about how Cast UK can help you recruit a Master Production Scheduler for your business or find you a job as a Master Production Scheduler then contact one of our consultant team on 0333 121 3345.
Dundee is an industrious city that has changed its roles many times over the centuries. Its North Sea-facing front made it ideal for whaling, and the industries that surround it, such as boatbuilding, whale oil processing and jute manufacture (it was discovered that jute could be lubricated with whale oil). Those industries are gone now, but after World War II the city was to have something of a boom. The company NCR set up in Dundee, initially making shop cash registers, and later moving on to making banks’ cash machines. The company was also a pioneer of the now-ubiquitous magnetic strips, and also made computers.
The electronics company Morphy Richards was formed and based in Dundee after a merger, and Michelin tyre factory was also established. All this time, industry worked along shipbuilding, but by the 1980s this industry was in terminal decline. Along came Timex, who manufactured Sir Clive Sinclair’s ZX Spectrum in the city; this home computer was a huge success, owing to its colour graphics and reasonable price. However the Timex factory closed in the early 1990s.
The city was also a publishing magnet, and many a child grew up reading DC Thompson’s famous output: Beano, Dandy and the gung-ho Commando comic books. And when they grew up, they played Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto, developed by Dundee’s Rockstar Games. There is also a strong biomedical and biotech industry in the city.
Dundee is such a thriving place that no short article can do it justice. And of course, all this moving of materials and products, and the servicing of its 150,000 population means that Master Production Scheduler positions are regularly required.
If you’re looking for more information on the Master Production Scheduler positions available in Dundee or anywhere else in the UK, do get in touch so we can talk about what’s on offer.
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