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Planning and Scheduling Leader

Company: Ascend Performance Materials
Location: Pensacola
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:


Ascend Performance Materials is the premium provider of high quality chemicals, fibers and plastics. With world scale integrated manufacturing facilities we are able to develop new products from our core technologies, and provide flexibility to respond to the expanding needs of our customers. Ascend has global sales and distribution with five manufacturing facilities in the United States.

Ascend is currently searching for a Planning and Scheduling leader for our Pensacola, Florida area location. The Planning and Scheduling leader provides Planning and Scheduling leadership and expertise while leading the planning and scheduling team on improvements to Maintenance Work Process and will ensure that appropriate planning has gone into each job assigned to the maintenance organization. In addition, the Planning and Scheduling leader will capture feedback from maintenance frontline leaders and mechanics/technicians after work is complete to ensure we are continuously improving our planning and scheduling process and will be responsible for measuring key performance indicators (KPIs) to ensure that all aspects of the planning, scheduling, work execution, backlog, inventory management and parts procurement are continuously improving.


  • Lead, coach, train the maintenance planners to ensure appropriate details are entered into the job plans for mechanics/technicians.

  • Ensure that reliability and precision maintenance best practices are introduced into job plans.

  • Review the job plan feedback from technicians and ensure that we are correcting gaps in our detailed job plans.

  • Identify gaps in work productivity introduced by planning and scheduling.

  • Fully utilize Ascend maintenance mechanics/technicians as shared resources across the site.

  • Develop and maintain planner/scheduler technical competency.

  • Measure planner effectiveness and coach and mentor planners.

  • Oversee the planning and scheduling of routine overhauls using prescribed tools and incorporating critical path methodology.

  • Oversee the review of preventative maintenance plans.

  • Ensure that Management of Change policy is utilized within our planning activities.

  • Drive proactive work and stretch productivity goals with 100-110% schedule factor.

  • Provide formal and informal training to the organization on planning and scheduling concepts and skills.

  • Serve as a mentor for the MRE organization.

  • Capture operations feedback on the effectiveness of our planning and scheduling processes.

  • Seize opportunity to build environmental, health and safety improvements into our job planning and overhaul scheduling. Be a role model to others in exceeding expectations of ESSH policies and procedures.


  • Bachelor's Degree with major in Engineering or Engineering Technology preferred

  • Minimum 10 years' relevant experience in Industrial Maintenance Planning/Scheduling with SAP expertise (Prometheus/SAP interactive experience a strong plus)

  • Strong knowledge of reliability and maintenance processes

  • Experience leading teams and facilitating group discussions

  • CMRP (SMRP certified maintenance reliability professional) preferred

  • Lean manufacturing experience preferred (Six Sigma BB a plus)

  • Facilitation experience with RCM, FMEA and RCA preferred


  • Strong computer skills required to create, edit and manage data/information using Microsoft Office products, CMMS and other specialized software required

  • SAP/Prometheus, Data Historian experience preferred

  • Primavera(P6) / MS Projects experience preferred

  • Development experience with PM procedures required

Why work at Ascend?

Our vision is to be the recognized leader in the nylon 6,6 value chain, creating new possibilities with PA66 for everyone, everywhere, every day. We achieve that through living our Ascend values.

We care. We operate safely with high integrity for our employees, our customers and our communities. Our people are our greatest assets, and our Total Rewards Program extends beyond traditional benefits to include access to on-site medical clinics at our U.S. facilities, a global wellness rewards program and Performance Matters, an employee-driven recognition plan. Our Commitment to Zero demonstrates our belief that is it possible to operate with zero personal injuries, zero process safety incidents and zero environmental releases. And the Ascend Cares Foundation, led by Ascend employees, supports Ascend families in times of need, provides inspiring opportunities for community engagement and facilitates community leadership.

Customer-focused. We exist for our customers; they drive our actions. Their success is our success. Our plastics and chemicals are building blocks that help make everyday essentials safer and more sustainable, and we constantly strive to develop new and innovative products to meet the future needs of our customers. And that customer focus doesn't only apply to the marketplace - it also applies to how we treat our colleagues and our fellow community members.

Better every day. We invest in our people and our processes to improve every day. A2E, our continuous improvement program, guides the way we do business. And this way of problem solving applies not only to our manufacturing practices but also to our commitment to developing our people. You'll see it during your career at Ascend in our leadership development, skills training and mentoring programs

Agile. We think broadly and lead proactively in a constantly evolving organization and industry. Agility doesn't mean simply working quickly - it means critical thinking, creative problem solving and novel approaches to everyday challenges.

One Ascend. All together, with a common set of goals and an eye toward the future. We don't accept silos. We look for ways to share across departments, sites and geography. This means you won't be boxed into a single role at Ascend - you could get the chance to work with teams across the globe to improve the way we serve our people, our customers and our communities.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, citizenship, genetic information or other protected status under federal, state or local laws.

Keywords: Ascend Performance Materials, Pensacola , Planning and Scheduling Leader, Other , Pensacola, Florida

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