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Planning Engineer


Continuous Improvement


Melrose Park, IL

Job Description:

The Planning Engineer role is responsible for the leadership of different projects that embrace approaches to process excellence of all USA factories and distribution centers.


  • Schedules, reviews, follows, and controls production plans using SAP, conferring heavily with Mecalux Global Headquarters in Barcelona.
  • Creates and updates production orders based on customer demands and production constraints
  • Ensures that the designated shipping daily goal is met for all plants and distribution centers and direct the continuous improvement process of improving on-time shipping
  • Redesigns and implements layouts and processes to streamline the flow of material within the plant, utilizing lean manufacturing concepts and techniques.
  • Provides support to sales regarding inventory levels of products.
  • Analyzes orders and inventory levels through the use of SAP in order to provide Sales with lead times and estimated ship dates.
  • Assists in reviewing and planning plant activity daily/monthly to meet production and shipping goals amongst four plants in North America and two distribution centers in the US.
  • Plans study of work problems and procedures, such as organizational change, communications, information flow, integrated production methods, inventory control, and cost analysis.
  • Partners with management to develop annual CAPEX budget, taking into consideration the market expectations, growth objectives, and costs.
  • Participates in the purchasing processes for industrial machines and equipment, following the annual CAPEX investment plan for new equipment.
  • Estimates cost saving methods and the effect of product design changes on expenditures for Management to review.
  • Reviews the annual general inventory and reports the results to the Interlake Mecalux plants and distribution centers.

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, or similar field of study).  Master’s degree preferred.
  • Personality: Candidates must have integrity, be highly analytical, and have a strong desire to be deeply involved in the business.  Candidates must be organized and methodical in their work, with the ability to learn quickly and adapt easily to change.  Candidates must be able to persevere through difficult work challenges with the highest degree of dedication.  Candidates must have strong interpersonal skills with the confidence to interact and communicate effectively with personnel from all levels of the organization
  • 2-3 years of experience in a similar position or otherwise related experience
  • Ability to travel domestically as needed, with or without notice, approximately 25% of time.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish.

Interlake Mecalux offers:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Become part of an industry leading dynamic team with a high focus on delivering results and continuous improvement
  • 401(k) plan with a generous company match; 100% vested immediately upon contributing and no waiting period to start participating
  • Paid Holidays and Paid Time Off with the option to cash out unused PTO every year
  • Possibility for telework days, depending on position, with flexible make-up time for exempt employees
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield medical insurance plans, along with dental and vision benefits.
  • Opportunities for career development and advancement; specialize in specific areas or gain new skills in different departments.


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