Director, Materials and Production Planning--Kenall

As a proud advocate for manufacturing in the U.S.A., Kenall has become a champion in developing advanced lighting solutions, systems and controls for high abuse, transportation, security detention, and sealed enclosure for healthcare, cleanroom, containment and food processing environments. Kenall has an open position for a Director, Materials and Production Planning.

The Director, Materials and Production Planning is a highly visible leader who will oversee the scheduling of assembly, fabrication and paint operations and will manage employees involved in order planning, materials and handling activities.  This position will work closely with purchasing, sourcing and production in developing strategies and related plans for continuously improving inventory levels, increasing turns, optimizing planning sequencing for improved production efficiency of direct and indirect labor.


  • Direct planners to level load production departments and develop methods to plan by line and/or other improvements; Sync with customer orders and demand
  • Leads and directs the S&OP process; Develops the monthly data acquisition for the S&OP and presents it to the company executive and peer staff monthly
  • Develops and directs material handlers, receiving and shipping.  Optimizes material layout and movement in plant and “ensures” ongoing availability of parts needed for assembly and high reliability of ERP system and components availability accuracies
  • Maintain and recommend levels of finished goods, raw material and component inventory to meet customer requirements
  • Supervise inventory transactions; Check for errors, correct, train, and recommend disposition of excess materials in storage, as needed
  • Develops ongoing continuous IT improvement ideas and collaborates with IT on implementing them
  • Supervise and evaluate response and resolution of stopped or delayed manufacturing job;  Monitor the scheduling of various plant (i.e., delayed, rework, new manufacturing orders)
  • Supervise contacts with suppliers and part-processing subcontractors to ensure that schedules are maintained.  Work closely with engineering, manufacturing and purchasing departments for alternate sources of supply to ensure that production flow will be maintained at all times
  • Prepare various reports (i.e.delayed customer shipments, monthly planning delivery performance)
  • Evaluate and respond to Sales on customer order expedites, offering suggestions for alternatives in a timely manner



  • BS/BA degree required and MBA highly preferred
  • 10+ years Materials and Planning Management experience within a sizable company
  • 10+ years planning experience; excellent planning and detail usage skills, APICS Certification
  • Experience working with an ERP system required; Epicor ERP system experience a plus
  • Strong written and verbal English communication skills as required to discuss training, general direction and other position-related tasks
  • Demonstrated ability to display strong customer service skills
  • Experience with MS Office products with an intermediate level of Excel, including pivot tables 

Committed to advancing the state of lighting, Kenall is an established organization with a proven track record of excellence and great corporate culture. If you share our drive, professionalism and enthusiastic spirit and would like to be a part of a growing organization, we would like to hear from you. Visit our website:

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