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Supervisor, Production and Supply Chain Planning

Department: Operations and Supply Chain
Location: Detroit, MI

Summary of Position:

Develops and implements plans for just-in-time bulk production and tank wagon delivery as well as plans production to meet customer demand with consideration of working capital, timing and available resources that meet both customer and company financial goals.  Supervises bulk loaders.


  • Analyzes, determines and maintains minimum and maximum levels of raw materials and finished goods, adjusting minimum and maximum levels based on usage trends, product availability, plant capacities, equipment, processes and their interaction to prevent stock outs and excess inventory. Maintains running account of open orders, batch completion and inventory.  Adjusts batch sizes based on workload, labor constraints, equipment capacities and inventory levels.  Review MPS messages and recommends changes to settings.
  • Develops and maintains both the Master Production Schedule and the Bulk Logistics Schedules by working with Production and Maintenance to coordinate utilization and down time. Schedules delivery of outbound bulk finished goods.
  • Communicates status and changes to Customer Service, Sales or directly to customers.
  • Supervises 3 to 5 bulk loaders and schedules their work to match demand.
  • Analyzes Root Cause of Slow Moving / Obsolete finished goods and ensures materials are reworked to prevent more SMOs.  Reviews part containers, on-hold materials and expiring inventories of finished goods, and schedules these to be consumed into production batches.
  • Analyzes, determines and maintains minimum and maximum levels of non-inventory items to prevent stock outs of these supplies such as pails, safety gear, and other materials essential to production.
  • Advises Inventory Control of requirements and usage. Identifies production schedule issues such as JIT bulk production or raw material shortages and communicates to the Operations Manager, Production Supervisors or Inventory Controller as appropriate.  Schedules delivery of outbound bulk deliveries.
  • Plant leader on JDE project implementations such as work order and new business integration.
  • Designs and reviews reports to ensure JIT bulk delivery performance is monitored.  Analyzes performance data and reports opportunities for improvement to the Plant Leadership Team.
  • Leads root cause analysis on open overdue work orders and open overdue bulk deliveries.  Develops and implements corrective actions to improve the planning process.  Identifies cost saving and efficiency improvements such as reengineering the bulk work flow to promote a more efficient workflow.
  • Member of the Plant Leadership Team and the Plant Safety Committee/


Position Scope:

  • Key member of the Plant Leadership Team.  Responsible for planning production and for managing bulk logistics for just in time production and delivery to avoid customer plant service disruptions.  Plans appropriate finished goods stock levels and plans production in support of >40,000,000 KGs annually, half of which are JIT bulk deliveries. Analyzes and establishes stock levels needed and to support on time delivery targets for packaged goods.
  • Responsible for just in time delivery and projects or initiatives to improve it.
  • Leads root cause investigations on bulk late deliveries.
  • Plant lead for significant new business integration from acquisitions.
  • Active member of the Plant Leadership Safety Committee.
  • Supervises bulk loaders and coordinates work with shipping team lead.


  • College degree required.  Technical or Business major preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in production or supply chain planning and control in a manufacturing environment.
  • Prior supervisory or management experience required.
  • Lean office champion or Lean Six Sigma green belt preferred.
  • APICS CPIM certification a plus.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Above average verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills, both ERP and Excel.
  • High level of initiative and responsibility.
  • Solid decision making ability - strong business acumen.
  • Ability to influence in a matrixed organization.



ABOUT HOUGHTON INTERNATIONAL, INC.: Houghton serves the metalworking, automotive, and steel industries–and a variety of other markets–with the development, production and management of the highest-quality specialty chemicals, oils, and lubricants. Our value proposition provides innovative and sustainable solutions designed to help customers improve productivity, reduce costs and minimize risks. With a singular focus on customer satisfaction we solve the toughest technical challenges and support diverse and widespread customer operations with a global network of fluids experts delivering innovative technologies, chemistries and high performing products. Houghton takes environment stewardship and social responsibility seriously as we conscientiously strive to develop renewable, sustainable products through innovation and process improvement.  


PHYSICAL JOB REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  


EEO STATEMENT: It is Houghton International's policy to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Houghton International will also provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. This employer participates in the federal E-Verify program to confirm the identity and employment authorization of all newly hired employees. For further information about the E-Verify program, please click here:  


DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.  



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