Olympus America Inc. Sr Production Planner in Bartlett, Tennessee

Job Duties::

In a typical day, you will:

  • Maintain responsibility for the daily creation, maintenance, execution, attainment reporting, and issue escalation of production planning; capacity planning; issuance, prioritization, and control of production scheduling; inventory plan attainment; and related outside services to ensure a controlled flow of approved inventory timed to meet production and demand requirements while balancing inventory, demand, and capacity plans in coordination with the 5E Team.

  • Maintain responsibility for accuracy of ERP system data including planning parameters within the item master by completing an analysis at least once per quarter and leading a review/proposal of changes.

  • Keep accurate work order start and completion dates, inventory plans, and product availability information used by management to communicate during times of supply shortage, warehouse operations for management of space requirements and pull system material flow processes throughout the site, and during critical discussions to evaluate the balance of supply and demand against the forecasted requirements.

  • Collaborate with other OSTA sites as needed for proper material supply.

  • Maintain responsibility for the escalation to upper management of potential impacts to production and coordination with Supply Chain and Material Review Boards and 5E Teams as needed to identify root cause of recurrent problems and support and leading resolution to ensure that materials, and services are provided as needed.

  • Work with the 5E Teams in supporting and leading all activities to drive improvements in production lead times, efficiencies, and productivity, including developing high level understanding of the production processes, detailed understanding of the critical resources and their capacity constraints (people and equipment) and the production scheduling groupings that drive the most efficient use of set-ups, as well as all transfer projects between sites.

  • Collaborate with Purchasing, Upstream Marketing, R&D, and Customer Service teams in supporting and leading activities related to sales forecasts, new product development, product rationalization, and component obsolescence.

  • Maintain responsibility for the accurate reporting of demand requirements for manufactured items to Operations in order to establish proper capacity planning for both labor and equipment, and proper production scheduling for order fulfilment.

  • Maintain responsibility for communicating requirements in demand for New Products, PWO's, EWO's, POR's, etc. to Purchasing in order to establish proper purchasing volumes for supplier negotiations and ample inventory.

  • Support the Change Order and MRB Processes for all activities to minimize impacts to customer order fulfillment, inventory plan attainment, and production schedules.

  • Perform all other essential duties as assigned.

Job Requirements::


  • Bachelor’s Degree in business administration or supply chain management.

  • Minimum of 6 years of experience required, or equivalent work history.


​* APICS CPIM certification preferred.

  • Advanced proficiency of Microsoft Office applications, especially Excel.

  • Advanced analytical (supply & demand) and problem solving skills (i.e.. root cause analysis, Pareto analysis, Run Charting, Fishbone Diagram, 5 Why, etc.).

  • Advanced proficiency of Oracle or SAP ERP system.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with ability to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization, from direct labor employees on the production floor to senior management.

  • Strong interpersonal skills – adept at working independently or part of a team.

  • Experience working within a matrix organization preferred.

  • Advanced experience and strong knowledge of ERP Systems, MRP, Forecasting and demand planning, Inventory, Production Shop Floor, and Resource & Capacity Planning.

  • Experience in medical device industry.

  • Strong decision making, time management, prioritization, motivation skills required Advanced knowledge and understanding of BOM's, routers, and Change Order management.

  • Adaptable and flexible, feel comfortable and have experience in leading a cross functional team.

  • Strong Knowledge of 5E & General Business processes preferred Strong knowledge and understanding of lot and serial control traceability.

We realize work isn’t just a job to you.

It’s a big part of your life, but not the only part. That’s why we offer competitive salaries, a robust 401(k) program, annual bonus program and comprehensive medical benefits, as well as tuition reimbursement, flexible schedules, parental and adoption leave, on-site services and Colleague Affinity Networks — so you can be ready for where life can take you.

Job Description:

Are you looking for a company that cares about people’s lives and health, including yours? At Olympus, we help make people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling, every day. We’re currently looking for a Senior Buyer/Planner to join us in our Bartlett, TN office.

Let’s inspire healthier lives, together.

The Senior Production Planner will have responsibility for the supply chain production planning execution of the products manufactured within their assigned finished goods/subassemblies, including the processes which impact production scheduling, capacity planning, and inventory management through all of the product life cycle phases to ensure demand and supply are aligned. The incumbent will involve a high degree of change management as they continue to balance the often conflicting goals of inventory reduction, delivery performance improvement, optimization of capacity usage, and production throughput lead time reduction in an effort to deliver the optimal results for the business. He/She will be responsible for setting planning parameters in accordance to the strategy that they have been involved in developing. The incumbent will be expected to mentor and train team members to lift the performance of the group.

About Us:

At Olympus, we put a lot of good back into the world, and what we do really matters. We are committed to making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling every day by crafting innovative optical and digital solutions in medical technologies, microscopy, industrial solutions, cameras, and audio recorders.

We view our relationship with and commitment to our employees with the same passion. Everything we do at Olympus is a reflection of our vision, and everyone here helps to make it a reality. We’re invested in our employees, great ideas, and how they impact the communities around us. We see the world through multiple lenses and come together to find the right answers; the best solutions.



Olympus Surgical Technology America

Olympus embraces diversity and inclusion. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, our policies as well as our values prohibit unlawful discrimination based on an employee's or applicant's race, color, sex, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, genetic information, ancestry, military or veteran status, or any other federal, state or local protected classification. EOE Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled

Company URL:

Olympus Surgical Technology America at http://www.olympus-osta.com/

Posting Locations:

Tennessee, Bartlett

Work Location:

Bartlett Gyrus ACMI Inc

Posting Title:

Sr Production Planner

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Olympus is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and our policies prohibit unlawful discrimination based on an employee's or applicant's race, color, sex, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, genetic information, ancestry, military or veteran status, or any other federal, state or local protected classification.