Planner, Production


St. Albans, VT, US, 05478

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

POSITION TITLE: Production Planner

LOCATION: St. Albans, VT




Job Summary:

This position is responsible for scheduling finished goods and semi-finished products.  Release raw materials and packaging from our contracted suppliers


Essential Functions:

The duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list and that additional tasks may be assigned to the employee from time to time; or the scope of the job may change as necessitated by business demands. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.


  • Establish, coordinate and organize short-term needs for the production lines 
  • Organize and coordinate the replenishment of product needed between each site
  • Work with project coordinator on rework projects
  • Evaluate position and adjust schedule to accommodate chocolate reception, line capacity and customer demand
  • Respond and commit product availability date for various customers
  • Work with and communicate closely with customer service and traffic to inform them of any relevant changes
  • Enter, communicate and follow up on all non-conformances via SAP
  • Manage and use MRP
  • Maintain material master for MRP  views
  • Manage inventory levels and safety stocks
  • Follow up on a daily basis with production to ensure that the schedule is followed
  • Challenge the production department as needed
  • Release raw material and packaging purchase orders to our suppliers
  • Follow up deliveries of raw material and packaging purchase orders
  • Inform and communicate to the purchasing director any issues with suppliers
  • Work closely with capacity analyst and the central planning team, on demand changes, supply issues and open capacity
  • Prepare/coordinate weekly meetings with customers, sales, and other departments
  • Process and manage the return of product to the supplier, following the buyer’s decision
  • Assist Material Planning Manager with inventory
  • Communicate with purchasing any sudden changes in demand
  • Cross train team members
  • Participate in operation/site projects
  • Recommend overtime to production as needed




  • High school diploma or GED
  • Associates degree or equivalent work experience, required

Work Experience:

  • Microsoft Office products; strong computer skills, required
  • Excel, SAP, and MRP experience, preferred
  • Good math skills
  • Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills


  • Teamwork and Cooperation- be part of a team, working together seeking ideas and opinions for planning and decision-making
  • Concern for Order, Quality and Accuracy – reduce uncertainty in the immediate environment
  • Analytical and Conceptual Thinking - Systematically identifies and understands problems
  • Information Seeking – make an effort to get more information and not accept quality at face value
  • Creative Thinking – ability to problem solve and identify creative solutions to achieve optimum results
  • Multi-Tasking- Ability to manage multiple teams (Process Engineering / Operations) & Projects with strong aptitude to focus on strategic improvements


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time
  • Long periods of computer usage; finger dexterity and hand movement for use of keyboard and mouse, repetitive motion 
  • Noise level in manufacturing facility can exceed .85 decibels


If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.