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Materials / Production Planner

Location: Chelmsford, MA


ZOLL Medical is a growing, innovation-driven company on the forefront of delivering medical devices to save lives, and software solutions to improve efficiency. With customers in more than 140 countries, we continue to expand our reach, as well as our product offerings. Hospitals, emergency medical services (EMS), and others trust us to provide high-quality products and exceptional customer service. ZOLL products are used every day across the globe to save the lives of people who suffer sudden cardiac arrest. From Real CPR Help® technology—an industry first—to the world’s only wearable defibrillator, our capabilities and features set us apart. But none of this would be possible without the motivation and dedication of ZOLL employees, and we’re invested in their success.

We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. Join our team. It’s a great time to be a part of ZOLL!

Job Summary:

The Materials/Production Planner position will be responsible for analyzing production requirements generated by MRP, determining build quantities and issuing work orders to the production floor.  Responsibilities also include but are not limited to: expediting materials in support of production plan, implementing ECO/BOM changes, providing materials status for projects, expediting parts with purchasing departments, producing recovery dates to customer service on constrained assemblies, and master schedule maintenance.

Essential Functions:

  • Generate product line build plans in support of the Master Production Schedule
  • Monitor actual production versus plan and resolve scheduling problems through coordination with manufacturing, distribution, quality control, and customer service
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of products and processes to ensure optimum manufacturing scheduling efficiency and effectiveness
  • Work with purchasing to expedite, reschedule or revise materials shipments to avoid disruptions in production while preserving ideal stock levels
  • Continuously update product line schedules in support of changes to the master production schedule, Engineering activities and sales order demand
  • Maintain and monitor accuracy of the Master Demand Schedule relative to demand
  • Maintain and validate the planning percentages used to drive features and product options based on the unit forecast quantities
  • Incorporate new products into the forecast and master production schedule
  • Establish and maintain, as appropriate, a cross-functional communication network across the business with an emphasis on real-time interaction to assure product supply meets current customer demand
  • Coordinate Weekly backlog review meetings with members of the Customer Service. Provide material insight and production support as appropriate
  • Product scheduling information to customer service in support of backlog management and lead-time communication
  • Assist Manufacturing, Quality and Engineering with evaluation of Engineering Change Orders for effective implementation
  • Interface with various departs to ensure Engineering Changes are effectively implemented and existing stock is appropriately dispositioned prior to cut in

Skills Requirements:

  • Working knowledge of relevant automated ERP functionally including planning bulls of materials and inventory management
  • Proficient in MS Office. Oracle experience is beneficial
  • The desire, willingness and ability to work in a fast paced, multi-tasking environment
  • Must be mathematically inclined, with an analytical aptitude

Required/Preferred Education and Experience:

  • BA/BS Preferred
  • 5-8 years Materials / Production Planning experience preferred

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity.  Essential and marginal job functions are subject to modification.


ZOLL Medical Corporation appreciates and values diversity.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. 


ADA:  The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990