Our goals - Your path

Purpose of the Role

1.Create a balanced and optimised production plan to support maximum output, achieving customer requested dates and minimising working capital investment.

2. Prioritise and expedite production orders.  Highlight any disruptions and escalate to all departments that may be effected. and find a long-term solution with other departments.

3. Analyse data and interpret trends, patterns, predictions to highlight changes / movements looking forward.

Production Planning Mission

To collaborate with the demand forecasting, operations and procurement teams to create a short and medium-term view that enables the creation of a detailed, reliable and measurable Production plan to maximise Customer OTIF and enable the manufacturing processes to operate at optimum efficiency.

The Opportunity:  

Health & Safety
1. Support stock management plans never to exceed capacity in warehouse or production lines
2. Perform regular Behavioural Safety observations

Tactical steering (1 month)
1. Control production plans to support Leeds operation inline with KPI's
2. Highlight trends, patterns and predictions that support the requirement of manufacture (both make to order and make to stock)
3. Work with operations team to assess, highlight and amend any order that impacts manufacturing / inventory
4. Liaise with wider team (customer Excellence, Quality, Operations, R&D, Procurement) to support objectives.
5. Create an achievable (capacity constrained) plan
6. Lead the weekly planning meeting for a production area.

Strategical - (2-4 months)
1.Trends, forecasts, assumptions, seasonal & opportunities are analysed, critiqued to create 1-4 month forecasts for each manufacturing line
2. Interpret forecasts, analyse, and use to steer decision making focussed on KPI improvements such as plan attainment, capacity utilisation, inventory and OTIF
3. Prepare and monitor kpi's demonstrating achievements
4. Drive use and best practice of SAP for the planning function

Support Planning and Steering Manager
1. Cover partially for holidays, sickness etc
2. Training to be given to support

People Skills
1. Skill level requirements are clearly defined, plans in place to continually improve
2. Absence Management and check ins
3. Strong team culture, clear communication


The Rewards:

You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, and a sweep of great benefits. We pride ourselves on our total reward package:

  • Holiday 25 days rising to 28 days with service, plus bank holidays
  • A company pension contribution of up to 10%
  • Private healthcare for you, with option to add family
  • Group life cover at 6x your annual salary
  • Global Income Protection (PHI)
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Staff discount platform & Cycle to Work scheme
  • Dedicated Service Awards for reaching key milestones
  • Selected discounted Sika products

The Skills:

  • Self management of role including EH&S behaviours, procedures & compliance
  • Team working methods & requirements
  • Cross functional and base knowledge across all internal departments
  • Good knowledge of external supply chain function
  • Customer services collaboration & customer delivery
  • Production planning within SAP ERP system.
  • Leading a committed one-team culture at site level. Excellent delegation and empowerment.
  • Building relationships with sister functions at UK level. Identifying initiatives to roll out across multi functions
  • Understand requirements on site and KPI drivers
  • Able to analyse & use information and data effectively.


The Future: 

The opportunity to progress within a global company across a variety of business areas.

Your expertise - Our strength

  • Customer Focus - Demonstrate that we place customers are at the heart of everything we do
  • Organisational Awareness - Foster relationships within own and other functions to drive
  • Analytical Thinking - Ability to analyse and interpret data and develop solutions
  • Team Building - Embraces and thrives in a workplace where cultural, knowledge & experience diversity is recognised as a significant competitive advantage

About Sika

Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a globally leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing, and protection in the building sector and automotive industry. Sika has subsidiaries in 103 countries around the world and, in over 400 factories, produces innovative technologies for customers worldwide. In doing so, it plays a crucial role in enabling the transformation of the construction and vehicle industries toward greater environmental compatibility. With more than 33,000 employees, the company generated sales of CHF 11.2 billion in 2023.