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Production Planner



Software Engineering, Product
South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2024

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers. The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.
Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

Our aircraft and ground equipment are the tools that enable our mission. Our Manufacturing Teams produce those tools; our Flight Operations teams are the dedicated women and men who operate those tools, and Production Planning connects those functions by translating demand generated by new deployments and sustaining operations into production plans, conducting analyses to support production capacity changes well in advance of realized demand.

The ideal Production Planner is keenly aware of the connection between the demand forecast, the product plan, the demand plan, the production plan and the supply plan. They are familiar with and appreciate an environment where individuals carry tremendous responsibility and where superior work is encouraged, noticed, and rewarded. The right candidate enjoys work, thrives on daily interaction with a global team and has a keen understanding of how to work with and motivate them.

What You'll Do

  • Support manufacturing by creating production schedules that reconcile production capacity with demand for fabricated (MAKE) and purchased (BUY) components.
  • Perform analyses that support defining the roadmap for production capacity increases and change.
  • Work with manufacturing and supporting functions to establish and improve processes (e.g. production batch sizes, material transfer processes and controls) for line-side delivery.
  • Respond to unanticipated changes—e.g. production shortfall vs. schedule or material shortages: Provide information, impact assessment, and options to leadership and downstream customers, revise production schedules or fabricated components mix as needed.
  • In coordination with Supply Planners, generate, publish and maintain production performance metrics and forecasts showing risk to supply of fabricated components vs. demand.
  • Communicate plans, plan revisions, and actual vs. plan to all Manufacturing, support, and business stakeholders.
  • Assist in implementing systematic solutions to control inventory flow, minimize shortages.
  • Collaborate with Supply chain and Engineering to coordinate Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) to plan for material and product end of life and minimize obsolescence.

What You'll Bring

  • BS industrial engineering/operations research, supply chain management or another quantitative.
  • Demonstrated high volume production planning experience in a manufacturing environment, ideally with 1 + years’ experience structuring and building analytical models.
  • MS Excel experience required (VLOOKUP, Pivot Tables, INDEX/MATCH). More advanced Excel modeling skills are a plus.
  • Working knowledge of Sisense and/or Tableau data visualization.
  • Experience working in SAP or other ERP systems preferred.
  • Ability to work independently as well as cross-functionally with key stakeholders
  • Flexibility and adaptability in changing priorities and assignments while managing rapidly changing information.

What Else You Need to Know

Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!