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Work planner (m/f/d)

Work planners – ensuring smooth production processes

Work planners are responsible for the preparation and monitoring of production procedures, including the planning of required production volumes, working hours, operating material and capacities. Furthermore, they optimise all production and work processes and ensure that everything goes according to plan.

Which opportunities do work planners have on the labour market?

Work planners are in charge of implementing the most efficient procedures in production areas. They are in demand in all industries and can find positions at pharmaceutical or vehicle construction companies or in the fields of raw material processing, printing, structural engineering or furniture, for example. In general, they have good chances to pursue a successful career.

What are the tasks of work planners?

Work planners are the interfaces between design and production. They apply their strong analytical skills and work in an independent and structured manner. Their tasks include the planning of production procedures by means of industry-specific software and the monitoring of production processes in workshops. Thus, the job of work planners is very diverse and requires a high level of flexibility.

  • Analysis of the required production steps
  • Preparation of schedules and production plans
  • Determination of required personnel capacities
  • Ensuring the availability of materials and operating equipment
  • Monitoring of the ongoing production processes
  • Elimination of production problems and errors
  • Check of the quality of the final products
  • Preparation of work instructions for the production employees

Which hard skills and soft skills should work planners have?

Work planners must have a vocational qualification in a technical area and possess excellent analytical skills. Many companies expect them to have an academic degree from a university or a technical university of applied sciences.

  • Very good IT skills, especially in MS Office, CAD, ERP and SAP software as well as industry-specific software
  • A great interest in process planning and preparation
  • A certificate by REFA is a plus
  • Good English skills (to be able to work at international companies)
  • Personal initiative, team spirit, strong communication skills and assertiveness
  • A high degree of commitment and creativity

What is the average salary of work planners?

The salary of work planners depends on the industry and the region. Their average starting salary is approximately EUR 33,000 per year. In general, they annually earn about EUR 47,500. Top salaries amount to EUR 63,000 and are paid in Frankfurt/Main and Munich.

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