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We have a vacancy for a Planner based at our Cockermouth, UK site.


About us
A dynamic global manufacturing organisation supplying a vast range of high performance fluid sealing products and associatd knowledge-based services to virtually every industry sector. With state-of-the-art skills in materials technology, particularly relating to elastomers, polymers, composites and engineering plastics plus extensive expertise in precision machining of exotic alloys for metallic seals, and tension control fasteners for bolted joints. Our worldwide group of companies has 11 operations and a further 40 spread across Continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, SE Asia, South Africa and the USA.

The Position

James Walker is looking to recruit two experienced Planners to join our Planning team at our site in Cockermouth, Cumbria. The purpose of this role is to prepare production schedules for manufacturing based upon sales orders or forecast demand.

Key responsibilities

  • Converting sales order or forecast demand into supply via the release of Works Orders from material planner workbench, printing and distributing to the shopfloor.
  • Maintaining lead times for manufactured product and proactively notifying sales teams of changes that will impact key customers and their planning activities.
  • Advising customer of any delays with the planning of orders, including component ordering and tool procurement, enter feedback to customer at the earliest opportunity.
  • Working closely with the Operations to effectively update and execute the daily and weekly plan/work schedule of activities ensuring delivery on time to internal and external customers.
  • Preparing appropriate documentation, e.g. KPI’S, overdue reports and ensuring these are regularly updated and communicated across the units and feedback delays to sales companies.
  • Identifying and proposing solutions to unplanned situations which can affect the schedule and to ensure these are promptly addressed.
  • Analyze trends and patterns in the production schedule and to identify potential bottlenecks/risks, the impact of large volume orders, and effective utilization of spare capacity.
  • Propose and implement solutions in ways to improve the operational performance and work flow and to provide regular lead time updates.
  • Attend regular unit performance meetings and follow through designated actions to completion.
  • Seek ways of improving customer satisfaction levels from an operational supply chain perspective.


  • Experience of working within a Planning, Customer Service or office environment being proactive in meeting customer expectations and delivering results.
  • GCSE Grade C/Level 4 or equivalent in English and Mathematics.
  • An NVQ in Customer Service, Business Administration or a Planning related qualification would be preferred but is not essential.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills.
  • The ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent team working skills, with the ability to work on your own initiative.
  • Sound IT skills with experience of using Microsoft Packages such as Word, Excel, Oracle or other planning systems.

In return we offer a competitive salary, 25 days annual holiday plus Bank Holidays, early finish times on a Friday, enrolment into the James Walker Pension Plan plus various other benefits.

For further information on this role, please contact the HR Team at or on 01900 823555.

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