Ferrara, a company related to The Ferrero Group, is an emerging powerhouse in the North American confections and sweet snacking categories. A passionate team of more than 6,000 employees works together to share delight in every bite through leading brands that have shaped the industry for more than 100 years.

Production Planner / Scheduler 1st shift (31st Street)

Job Location: ​Chicago​

2945 W. 31st Street, Chicago, IL 60623

Want to make an impact?

Responsible for providing a short-term finite capacity-constrained production schedule with an optimal, feasible and realistic sequence of materials in accordance with the availability of resources (production lines/labor) and materials. This role should work strategically with production, master production planners, and corporate functional heads to support reducing costs, and realizing optimal inventory levels.

Ways you will make a difference

  • Create a feasible production plan within the detailed production scheduling period by shift that takes into consideration available capacity, labor and materials. 
  • Review the detailed production schedule on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis to ensure it continues to meet business priorities and requirements.
  • Work with factory IP’s to identify practical issues that may cause plant shutdowns in the future and relay this information back to master production scheduling for long-term planning of product promotions.
  • Convert production schedule to process orders for production as required.
  • Publish weekly production schedule to plant, and review all production changes, limitations, priorities to meet customer orders and abnormal events.
  • Maintain SAP APO master data, performing routine maintenance to insure system integrity.
  • Ensure all manufacturing procedures comply with government and Ferrara standards for food safety and quality.

Skills that will make you successful

  • Excellent communication skills (strong verbal and written required).
  • Customer service skills.
  • Leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Interpersonal skills (ability to effectively work with all levels from hourly to management).
  • Time management and multi-tasking skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

Experiences that will support your success

  • BS/BA degree required (preferably in an Industrial Engineering, Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management or Business Management).
  • Past experience in manufacturing environment with responsibility for Logistics or Supply Chain Management.
  • Firm understanding of manufacturing and distribution processes.
  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement principles and processes, and a passion for continuous improvement preferred
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in production scheduling, material handling, and/or supply chain management.
  • Prior experience negotiating with vendors.
  • Factory master data management
  • Understanding and following the product life cycle process
  • Certifications
  • Specific technologies

Our diverse portfolio of nearly 35 brands includes SweeTARTS®, Trolli®, BRACH'S®, Black Forest® and NERDS®, along with iconic favorites like Lemonhead®, Red Hots® and Now and Later®. Ferrara also manages the Keebler® and Famous Amos® businesses for The Ferrero Group.  Headquartered in Chicago, Ferrara has an operational network of 20 locations in North America that includes manufacturing, distribution and R&D facilities. Learn more at www.ferrarausa.com.


We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees, employment decisions and opportunities at Ferrara will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil union status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, military or veteran status, disability, handicap, genetic information, pregnancy (childbirth or related medical condition), or on any other basis prohibited by law. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.