Purpose of Role

The Production Scheduler in the Plan COE is responsible for scheduling the production lines in the local operations. It is locally based reporting to the Scheduling Manager.

Working closely with production planners, site operations and local material schedulers and site operations the role schedules the production lines for the agreed frozen period to ensure fulfilment of customer demand while scheduling production to optimize available production capacity.

This role must be capable balancing the need for excellent customer service with the requirement to maximize available capacity and meet site OEE targets. To do this the role requires excellent knowledge of local production operations and constraints and excellent communication and negotiation skills while possessing skills in root cause and trend analysis.



  • Production line scheduling.

  • Tracking performance and course correction

  • Production line performance measurement.

  • Data maintenance

KPIs (at operation level):

  • Capacity Utilization.

  • Adherence to agreed production plan

  • Conformance to Schedule (MAKE KPI)

  • OEE measurement. (MAKE KPI)

Direct Reports:

  • None

Top Accountabilities:

Manage the local Production Scheduling process

  • Schedule the production lines under your control within the agreed frozen period for the operation

  • Review daily and weekly production line performance and reschedule to align with current daily position.

  • Advise planning teams of any significant variances to agreed schedule that impact inventory or customer service

  • Align weekly production schedule with local operations team balancing operational efficiency with service and inventory targets.

  • Support process improvement through interpretation of performance analytics.

  • Ensure an ongoing tracking of relevant materials supply chain and operational efficiency metrics.

  • Perform root cause and trend analysis on issues relating to production line conformance to schedule.

Drive standardization and automation of systems and processes:

  • Ensure local production scheduling systems and processes in place are aligned to global supply planning codification strategy and standards.

  • Ensure effective ways of working with Data, CoE and local production/technical teams to ensure schedules are created within agreed capacity for the operation.

  • Ensure that all master data pertaining to production scheduling (e.g., BOMs, recipes, batch sizes etc.) is maintained in the appropriate information systems (e.g. SAP ECC6, APO).

  • Implement/contribute to process improvements across the wider CoE.

Qualifications and Experience Required

Skills and Capabilities

  • Knowledge of MPS/MRP and scheduling methodology.

  • Experience in material or production scheduling.

  • Understanding and experience in plant operations.

  • Experience within supply chain optimization platforms (ERP / master data, time-phased replenishment planning systems).

  • Detailed understanding of end to end supply chain operational processes within Diageo e.g. DRP, MPS, inventory, conversion, logistics and customer service.

  • Influencing and stakeholder engagement skills.

  • Good communication skills – verbal, written and presentation.

  • Customer centric mind set.

  • High degree of quantitative and analytical skills, with attention to detail.

  • Proficient in MS applications e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook.


  • +3 years in a planning or production environment in CPG (Production planning/scheduling, production systems/management, Materials Planning)

  • Additionally, some wider cross functional experience and beverage materials categories preferable. E.g. procurement, packaging, raw materials.

  • Experience with advanced Supply Planning platform (e.g SAP ECC6 MRP/Materials management and SAP APO would be an advantage).


  • Degree or equivalent in appropriate supply chain, engineering, or business degree.

  • APICS CPIM / CSCP or equivalent desirable.

Flexible Working options / Travel requirements:

Role is part of the Planning Centre of Excellence function.

Depending on location some travel may be required to and between sites.