Production Planner

Date: Sep 18, 2023

Location: Gainesville, GA, US, 30504

Company: Lincoln Electric

The Harris Products Group, a Lincoln Electric Company, is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of brazing, soldering, heating, cutting and welding equipment, as well as brazing and soldering alloys and welding consumables.

Req. ID: 23642 

Harris Products Group has an exciting opportunity for a Production Planner to join our team.



  • You will join our Operations and Planning team, which is comprised of passionate people who prioritize customer success. A small team with a big impact!
  • Supportive leadership who encourage creativity and innovation on a global team where new ideas and improvements are always welcome
  • We offer continuous learning and education opportunities and put emphasis on continued improvement, growth, and career progression
  • We offer a competitive total compensation package


You’re going to love this role


As a Production Planner, you will develop manufacturing plans for assigned products and departments to ensure customer service levels, optimize manufacturing efficiency and improve inventory turns while working closely with our amazing teams which may include Manufacturing, Purchasing, Engineering, Quality, Sales and Customer Service. This position is critical for achieving customer service, plant efficiency and inventory objectives.  This role is part of an environment that encourages team members to understand customer needs and drive innovation in manufacturing. 


Other key responsibilities include:



Develops production schedules for assigned products and manufacturing departments to establish sequence and lead time of each operation to meet shipping dates according to sales forecasts and/or customer orders. These schedules drive both inventory and customer service levels.


Analyzes sales requirements and plant capabilities to develop schedules that will maintain targeted levels of customer service, operating efficiencies and inventory turns.


Establishes inventory levels for assigned products by utilizing the appropriate tools in SAP such as reorder points and minimums while assuring that product is available to achieve inventory and customer service objectives.


Plans and schedules workflow for each department and operation according to previously established manufacturing sequences and lead times


Utilizes the appropriate capacity planning tools to schedules jobs for each department in order to balance the workload with the capacity of the work center in an effort to minimize overtime expense.


Expedites operations that delay schedules and alters schedules to meet changing business conditions in an effort to maintain high levels of customer service.


Interfaces with Customer Service, Manufacturing and Purchasing to provide lead times on all assigned make to order items.


Partners with Purchasing/Supply Chain to assist in purchasing items required for assigned areas.


Analyzes manufacturing inventory negative balances and work order variances to correct inventories and assists with the physical inventory.


Determines appropriate SAP Master Data planning factors for MRP, Work Scheduling


Ensures accuracy and completeness of product labels and database.


Provides support for troubleshooting problems with orders throughout the supply chain.


What will you bring to the role?  

You are comfortable navigating through ambiguity while enjoying being surrounded by people that are heavily invested in succeeding and driving growth. 


You’ll also bring:

  • Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or three years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong ERP skills.
  • Preference:  SAP experience

Let’s talk about those soft skills:

  • Creative thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Project management
  • Collaboration
  • Drive for results
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication



You will be proud to work here

The Harris Products Group is a world leader in the metal working products used in the brazing, soldering, welding, cutting, and gas distribution industries.  The company was formed in 2006 with the merger of Harris Calorific, Inc., an manufacturer of gas welding and cutting equipment and gas regulation and distribution systems and the J.W. Harris Co., a manufacturer of brazing and soldering alloys and welding consumables.

The Harris Products Group currently operates 11 manufacturing facilities in 6 countries.  Each is ISO 9001 certified for quality management systems.

Demonstrating a commitment to stewardship of the global environment, these facilities are also ISO 14001 certified for environmental management systems


Top Tier benefits designed for you   

Health and Wellbeing. Our health and wellbeing rewards can be tailored to support you and your family. These include medical, dental, vision and so much more.

Paid time off from work. Our employees enjoy a competitive paid time off package that encourages you time!

Your financial future matters to us. We will support you along your retirement savings journey with 401k matching and profit sharing.

Protecting your financial future. To ease concerns when the unexpected occurs our package includes short and long-term disability benefits, life insurance, supplemental life insurance (single/spouse/family) and more.

Extra Rewards. From tuition reimbursement to student loan repayment, our comprehensive benefits package offers a multitude of options.


A diverse and inclusive place to work  

Harris Products Group celebrates the diversity of our people, and we welcome applications from everyone.   

We believe that having a culture of inclusion is essential in delivering good results. Attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse workforce where employees feel valued, respected, and empowered allows people to reach their full potential. As a business, this diversity helps us to better reflect and understand our customers’ needs to allow us to drive better outcomes.    






Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.


Lincoln Electric is a $3.2B publicly traded company (NASDAQ) with over 11,000 employees around the world.  With operations in over 56 manufacturing locations in 19 countries, we are well positioned to continue this partnership and poised to grow with our customers. As a part of that continuing legacy, you will contribute to a new generation of innovation and experience the pride that comes with being part of the solution to the world’s challenges.  It is a great time to be part of the welding industry!


Lincoln Electric does not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters.  Resumes submitted to any employee(s) of Lincoln Electric without a signed vendor agreement, by the Manager of Recruiting & Training, will become property of Lincoln Electric.  Verbal or written commitments from any other member of Lincoln Electric will not be considered binding terms.  Lincoln Electric will not pay a fee to any third-party recruiter that has not coordinated their recruiting activity through the Recruiting Department.


Employment Status: Salary Full-Time 
Function: Manufacturing 
Section:  J.W. Harris Co, Inc. (US20) 

EOE, including disability/veterans

Nearest Major Market: Gainesville GA

Job Segment: Industrial, Welding, SAP, ERP, Project Manager, Manufacturing, Technology