Production Scheduler

Irwin’s Bakery are market leading manufacturers of high quality bread and cake products within a number of different markets. Reporting to the Planning Manager, the successful candidate will partner with various functions within the organisation to ensure all customer orders are optimally scheduled to ensure on time and in full customer service

Job Purpose
To manage MRP within an ERP system.
Coordinating resources within different departments and ensuring the production plan optimizes customer service

Key Duties:

  • Using ERP to manage day to day planning and forecasting activities.
  • Production scheduling to fully utilize available resources (equipment, labour, materials, energy) with minimal waste, current and forward.
  • Produce a detailed production plan, using MRP  and effectively communicate it to the production team
  • Regular communication with shift leaders.
  • Monitor and report on Production constraints
  • Monitor production performance against agreed schedule and make any changes necessary to ensure customers’ needs are met
  • Monitor sales forecast performance against agreed forecast and communicate variance to the Sales team
  • Proactively monitor and control stock levels
  • Liaise daily with Buyer and Warehouse team  on raw material demands
  • Communicate with sales/customer care team on customer orders
  • Attend daily operations meetings with full update on effectiveness of production schedule
  • Proactively Input and maintain data accuracy on ERP systems to ensure detailed and effective production schedules may be produced
  • Proactively work with the planning manager to forecast and establish volumes on a, weekly and daily basis.
  • Ensures customers are scheduled on time in full

The candidate:


  • The successful candidate will have, 3rd level education or equivalent,
  • 2 years of proven experience and working knowledge of an MRP system
  • Strong IT skills, with a particular focus on Excel. Proven proficiency in the use of MS Office, PowerPoint and Excel etc.  
  • Previous production / distribution and or planning experience is essential. 
  • An ability to work on one’s own initiative,
  • Communicate and organise effectively is essential. 
  • Due to the nature of the job numerical skills, attention to detail
  • Flexible in terms of working hours is essential
  • Full Clean driving license as this role may involve travel within departments.
  • Proven experience working within a FMCG environment
  • Good understanding of lean manufacturing techniques.

Closing date: 13 October

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Application Forms can be emailed to or posted to the following address:

HR Department, Irwin’s Bakery, 5 Diviny Drive, Carne Industrial Estate, Portadown, BT63 5WE