Manager, Materials Production Planning

Location: Rumford, RI


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 Planning Manager position is responsible for the oversight and continuous improvement of the materials/ production planning function.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage the generation of 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.
  • Collaborate with production managers/suppliers to discuss performance metrics, provide performance feedback, and discuss production forecasts and changes.
  • Collaborate with other departments, such as procurement, engineering, and quality assurance, to ensure the successful execution of the production plan
  • Support new product ramp-up key launch initiatives in collaboration with Operations, Engineering, Sales and Marketing.
  • Execute a Ramp-Down Process to safely reduce discontinued product stock, while

    Minimizing stock outs and inventory obsolescence of raw materials and finished goods.

  • Analyze inventories to determine how to increase Inventory turns, reduce waste, or optimize customer service.
  • Responsible for overall training and development initiatives for demand-supply planning staff.
  • 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 unit forecast quantities
  • Incorporate new products into the forecast and master production schedule.
  • Drive analytics and disposition of slow moving inventory.
  • Champion collaborative environment with accountability that assures effective supply chain operations.
  • Establish and maintain, as appropriate, a cross-functional communications 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 Customer Service. Provide material Insight and production support as appropriate.
  • Provide scheduling information to customer service in support of backlog management and lead-time communication.
  • Assure appropriate sales order rescheduling activities are performed in accordance with established business plans
  • Assist Manufacturing, Quality and Engineering with evaluation of Engineering
  • Change Orders for effective implementation
  • Drive analytics and disposition of slow moving inventory

Skill Requirements:

  • Working knowledge of relevant automated ERP functionality including planning, bills of materials and inventory management.
  • Proficient in MS Office. Oracle experience beneficial
  • The desire, willingness and ability to work in a fast paced, multi-tasking environment. Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated competency in sales and operations planning and scheduling procedures, strategic thinking and leadership, with strong capabilities in relationship management with customers.

Required/ Preferred Education and Experience:

  • BA/BS Preferred
  • 5 -8+ years Materials/Production Planning management preferred
  • Must be mathematically Inclined, with an analytical aptitude

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