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Senior Production Planner

Ref ID: REF27140N
Department: Product Management
Location: Livingston, CA
Employment Type: Full-time
Shift: Day

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Company Description

Since Foster Farms founding days back in 1939, we have always been committed to providing consumers with the highest-quality, best-tasting poultry products available. The hope is that our commitment to excellence, honesty, quality, service, and our people will shine through in everything we do.

We are always looking for talented individuals to join the Foster Farms TEAM. We offer the experience of a large organization, but operate like a family business. More than half of our job openings are filled by internal promotion, and we encourage employees to gain a variety of experiences across different functional groups.

Job Description

Pay Range $68,000 to $81,000 per year

Purpose of Position:

This position is responsible for creating weekly production plans and daily production schedules that will achieve a 99.5% or better order fill rate. Individuals in this position must analyze actual customer orders vs. estimates and ad pulls to manage capacities of more than 13 different operations. They have to direct and influence plant supervision on a daily basis without direct control in order to effectively execute their plans.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Manage weekly production plan to maximize the use of each plant and operation while effectively filling customer orders. Differences in actual orders versus the estimates will change the overall product availability and plans will have to be adjusted daily.
  • Work with marketing and/or commodity sales to make same week adjustments in sales to better manage the incoming meat. Plan for the cooked plant requirements, make sure enough product is available in order for cooked plants to operate efficiently.
  • Direct plant supervision on how to respond to changes in customer orders and unplanned equipment downtime. Instruct plant weigh and price rooms on customer order priority and manage finished goods inventory to reduce rework/loss due to shelf life. This requires constant communication with plant and NCDC supervision to understand what is in inventory, what is being returned and what is still required to fill the order so adjustments can be made.
  • Create daily production schedules for the assigned processing plant using the information from the weekly production plan. Ensure that schedule does not exceed capacities while minimizing frequency of change-over’s and need for overtime.
  • Maintain 12 week processing volume planner for the assigned plant. Adjust weekly/daily processing volumes to match current demand, achieve target bird weights, and minimize the need for scheduled overtime. Requires close communication with Live Scheduling to ensure all changes are accounted for and adjustments are made in the field.
  • Communicate supply/production related issues with CSR’s/Sales to make sure customers are aware of any shortages or other potential issues. Instruct CSR’s on order allocation to ensure we maintain control of any supply shortages.
  • Evaluate actual customer orders vs. estimates to identify to trends that may require adjustments to longer term planning.





  • B.S. Degree in business, statistics, or related field preferred
  • Excellent communication, organization/planning skills, ability to influence without authority
  • Three-five years production planning, order fulfillment, or related experience preferred
  • Ability to solve multifaceted problems in a detailed and decisive manner 
  • Strong Computer Skills (MS Office, SAP, BW)
  • Strong Customer Service values

Additional Information


All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Foster Farms is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities, Females, Veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Foster Farms participates in E-Verify during the hire process at all locations for all new TEAM Members.