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Production Planner


New Orleans, LA


Manufacturing & Production


Laitram Machinery


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Laitram Machinery is currently seeking a Mechanical Drafter for our Harahan area office.

For over 70 years, Laitram Machinery has pioneered the manufacturing of high-performance shrimp-peeling equipment, and more recently, steam cookers, blanchers, nut pasteurizers, roasters, and sorters.  All of our products are designed to increase efficiency, improve product quality and yield for processors worldwide. Laitram Machinery is one of four operating divisions of Laitram, L.L.C. and offers an unparalleled opportunity for those who want to work for an established, yet growing company in the private sector. To learn more about our company culture, philosophy, and benefits, please visit our company page.


  • Review/Balance resource requirements for critical control points
  • Create and actively manage buffers in the schedule (including in front of critical control points)
  • Maintain visibility and timelines for Service, Stock, R&D, and Intercompany requirements
  • Assist with expediting material and reviewing impacts of late components
  • Review ERP workbenches to proactively catch and correct transaction errors
  • Facilitate/execute month end processes and shop order cleanup
  • Assist with metric data collection, consolidation, interpretation, and document outliers
  • Develop forecasting techniques for reoccurring service components
  • Release and maintain shop orders
  • Conduct weekly planning meetings; work with supervisors to adjust work hours and/or reallocate resources to maintain timelines
  • Continuously seek ways to improve capacity planning, scheduling, order data entry, and office/shop floor communications


  • Bachelor’s Degree in one of the following: Engineering, Business, Production Management, Accounting OR minimum 5 years equivalent relevant experience as a Scheduler or Production Planner
  • Must possess the following key competencies:
  • Analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Teamwork within and across operating divisions
  • Detail-oriented
  • Organized
  • Innovative
  • Assertive communicator
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent computer skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment
  • ERP experience; minimum 2 years 
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Previous Production Planning and Scheduling experience 
  • Infor XA or comparable ERP/MES geared towards manufacturing
  • Power BI
  • MS Project
  • Advanced spreadsheet capabilities