DuPont Production Planning Manager - Kroonstad in Free State, South Africa

Production Planning Manager - Kroonstad (Job Number: PRO00008801)


PANNAR SEED (PTY) LTD , a company with its origins deeply rooted in agriculture, is a leader in the seed industry and an award winner in its field. Our longstanding successes, both locally and abroad, have made us not only a choice provider, but also an employer of choice.

The Planning Manager is responsible for the oversight and management of the site’s operational and supply chain activities which includes but not limited to quality, direct materials, inventory, logistics, warehouse, production and labor scheduling. Managing Site plant operations and Supply chain activities through subordinate staff, having full accountabilities in their respective areas. Provides leadership and decisions to staff on operational questions related to their areas of responsibility. Job covers both commercial and Parent Seed facilities.

Responsibilities to be met:

Operational Planning:

  • Responsible for all aspects of inventory planning and management at site from receiving to final disposition of products

and materials used in manufacturing.

  • Ensure smooth flow of inventory for all stages – receiving, bulk, semi-finished goods, finished goods, discard.

  • Inventory tracking – transactional excellence, quality standards, sampling, reporting, and audits.

  • Plan and establishes production schedules for all plant production activities to meet production goals at the local level.

  • Ensures trucking capabilities from green, ready dried seed products, through to bulk

  • Balance labor, assets and schedules to meet volume and financial targets. Network with Supply Chain leads to establish

distribution goals, and communication plans to

  • Contract Administration - site contact & site administrator

  • Site Management Responsibility (i.e. budgets, oversight of meeting shipping goals, etc.)

Champion Business Improvement and Productivity Initiatives:

  • Utilizing DPS, identify and prioritize productivity improvement opportunities at location

  • Sponsorship of projects, team members, timelines and deliverables to ensure productivity objectives are met.

  • Implement best productivity practices in site’s supply chain operations and ensure these practices are sustained.

  • Initiate plans and processes which minimize production cost through effective utilization of human capital, equipment,

facilities, material and capital.

Leadership and Manager Accountability:

  • Coach, support and develop employees on your team in a manner that fosters effective collaboration and teamwork,

demonstrating and modeling the Core Values. Enable and encourage direct reports to leverage their full potential and

achieve business results

Performance Management & Development:

  • Establish and support individual and team performance goals that are attainable and aligned with business strategy.

  • Recognize and value employees through ongoing recognition of individual and team results.

  • Hold employees accountable for achieving performance results and demonstrating work behaviors that promote

collaboration and teamwork in an effective manner while demonstrating and modeling the Core Values.

Coaching & Feedback:

  • Provide coaching and feedback throughout the year.

  • Actively encourage and support employee and career development; coach staff in stretch assignments and skill

development critical to employees’ jobs and overall career objectives.

Achievement of Seed Quality Plan Standards:

  • Oversight of; timing, flow, seed handling techniques, to ensure quality plan standards are met.

  • Ensure quality management system is in place and effective.

  • Regulatory compliance (safety, wage/hour laws, etc.), adherence to quality and plant/field policies and standard operating


  • Oversight of production of regulated and restricted products to comply with the regulatory standards.

Logistics and Warehouse Management:

  • Responsible for direct management of all Site logistics and warehouses

  • Responsible for resource allocation needs for logistics and warehouse

  • Ownership of the Site plant operations and site warehouse operational budgets

  • Project generation, participation, and leadership of improvement projects



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

  • 5-10 years’ experience in managing a production facility.

  • Finger dexterity for using keyboard.

  • Primarily in a production office or in conditioning plant with regular interaction taking place in a high traffic & activity plant/warehouse area. The position also requires interaction and field visits with Field Operations and team.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Ability to lead leaders and influence/collaborate cross-functionally. Position is responsible for managing and balancing

production resources (people, budget, workflow, equipment, facilities, etc.)

Functional Competencies:

  • Proficient user of MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

Primary Location: EMEA-South Africa-Free State-Kroonstad

Organization: Pioneer

Schedule: Full-time

Education Level: Associate's Degree/College Diploma (±13 years)

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Experienced

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