Production Scheduler - USAC

AFL Telecommunications LLC - Duncan, SC3.6

AFL provides industry-leading fiber optic products and services across the globe. Our company was founded in 1984 with a single fiber optic cable and now we manufacture over two thousand products, employ over 5,000 associates and consistently generate annual sales in excess of a billion-dollars in revenue. With our commitment to professional growth and employee development, let AFL “Connect” you to your next career opportunity!

The Production Scheduler will work closely with customer service, sales, manufacturing, and supply chain to fulfill customer orders. Typical tasks include determining shipment promise dates for new orders, generating accurate and timely production schedules, assessing order changes requests, and ensuring the optimal use of capacity, resources, and materials.


Oversee the scheduling process to ensuring that the published line schedules are an accurate representation of the current state of the operation and its customer commitments.
Closely monitor shop floor performance to the production schedule each day and throughout the month. Communicate schedule upsets and areas of focus. Work with manufacturing to make schedule adjustments and recovery plans to minimize customer impact.
Schedule new orders, set shipment promise dates, reserve materials to orders, and release work orders to manufacturing. This includes, on occasion, special situations such as emergency orders for outages and other circumstances as required.
Manage forecast capacity reservations to stay within their schedule window to meet a sales commitment to a customer.
Coordinate schedule adjustments in response to customer change and expedite requests. Strive to meet each request by exhausting all options.
Manage the finished goods inventory replenishment process to ensure designated items are available when ordered and inventory thresholds are maintained.
Utilize and continue development of scheduling software to proactively identify and communicate bottlenecks caused by overloaded resources, machine constraints, raw material deliveries, or other issues.
Work closely with the commercial sales team to align capacity with customer needs including close communication on lead times.
Generate the inputs and calculate results for the monthly sales and operations planning process.

Personal Qualities

Self-starter with integrity and confidence who strives to achieve even the most challenging objectives with limited supervision.
Team player with well-developed interpersonal skills that is comfortable working in a collaborative diverse and cross-functional work environment.
Results oriented professional who thrives in a high workload positions where complex problem solving is frequently required.
Strong communicator with the ability to convey complex issues both written and oral to all levels of the organization including in meetings as the presenter.
Well organized and detail oriented professional.


Four or more years of manufacturing experience
Two of more years of production scheduling experience
Held positions in production scheduling in a lean, discrete, fast-paced manufacturing environment with relatively short lead times.
Practical understanding of inventory management including finished goods and stock replenishment methods, cycle counting, accuracy controls, and schedule inputs.
Experience with Oracle R12 order management, inventory, and manufacturing related modules.
Strong computer skills and ability to manipulate large data sets to obtain desired information.

Working Conditions

Factory office environment.

Business Requirements

Work closely with the shift Team Leaders and Die Technician to support schedule execution in each process.
Participate in the OPGW wire review meetings during the week and work closely with the OPGW supervisors to coordinate wire shipments.
Participate in routine shipping reviews and the weekly planning meeting sharing order status updates and other information as required.
Coordinate the execution of weekly cycle-counts and pre-work for the annual physical inventory.
Assist with projects related to scheduling, flow optimization, and waste reduction.
Assist with shop floor Job Method improvements to reduce changeover times.
Forecasting and finished goods management duties do not apply.
Prior production scheduling experience not required; however, two or more years of experience in a manufacturing leadership role such as a Team Leader is required.
Work schedule would be rotating on 3-2-2 day shift cycle.