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Illinois Tool Works, Inc. Manufacturing Operation's Analyst/Production Planner in Manchester, Connecticut

ITW Graphics, is a division of Illinois Tool Works Inc (ITW), a US based, NYSE listed corporation. We are a global manufacturer that provides creative and unique solutions for heat transfer labels. Our decorative labels are applied to many well-recognized brand names and consumer products.

Employees are accountable for their work and take pride in producing our high end, quality labels, logos, identifiers, etc. These graphics and designs are eye-catching and visually appealing and it’s likely you’ve seen or purchased a product with the label we produced.

Our products are segmented into three (3) distinctive markets:

Cosmetics and Personal Care (our labeling solutions are used on high-end brands for bottles, cosmetic jars, containers, as well as, children branded toothbrushes, shaving razors, mascara & lipstick tubes).

Sportswear ( our top quality, decorative solutions are applied to performance apparel and general lifestyle garments (brand imaging, sponsor logos,). Our S ports Equipment labels are applied to hard surfaces (golf clubs, protective ski wear, etc.).

Transportation (highly tailored resolutions applied on power transmission belts, hoses, car & bike tires, and automotive safety labels.

The Manufacturing Operation’s Analyst utilizing D365, manages the production schedule to ensure demand and supply are always balanced. The role is responsible for the planning of demand, capacity, labor utilization, inventory levels and other production drivers. Monitors and analyzes production flows developing strategies to address any variances to plan.


  1. Execute materials resource planning and the timely creation of shop orders to satisfy customer demand, maintain flow of work on the factory floor and achieve desired Market Rate Demand (MRD) levels.

  2. Communicate and coordinate with production supervisors and purchasing teams to ensure schedule adherence and recovery if required.

  3. Assess shortages by work order and/or customer order and communicate this to the production and customer service teams.

  4. Review and maintain D365 data integrity inclusive of routings and bill of material accuracy.

  5. Communicate frequently and proactively with customer service teams to meet or exceed customer expectations and establish effective relationships.

  6. Track progression of production orders, identify any variances to plan, modify plans as necessary.

  7. Monitor and make recommendations on labor utilization in production.

  8. Champion lead time reduction projects.

  9. Maintain all planning related MRP parameters.

  10. Lead capacity evaluation and proactively communicate capacity concerns to production management.

  11. Inform management of potential production problems and assist in the implementation of both short and long-term solutions.

  12. Assess forecasted demand to ensure safety stock and strategic MRD levels on finished goods are maintained.

  13. Perform planning functions required to achieve the timely and successful launch of new products.

· Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Management, or related field is required.

· Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) accreditation or other relevant certification is advantageous.

· Proven experience working as a Production Planner.

· Technical certifications such as an APICS certification preferred.

· Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications.

· Sound knowledge of material requirements planning (MRP) and related software.

· Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

· Exceptional organizational and time-management skills.

· Strong regard for product quality and safety standards.

· Meticulous and diligent.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. This job description should not be construed to contain every function/responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this position. Incumbents are required to perform other related functions as assigned.

ITW Graphics is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled. EEO is the law. ITW Graphics invites any employee and/or applicant to review the Company’s Affirmative Action Plan. This plan is available for inspection upon request by emailing: klavoie@itwghraphics.com. If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact Kathy Lavoie at 860-647-5721. No other calls will be accepted.

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

ITW is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.