Hello! My name is Kevin Katynski and I am a production scheduler for ZINK, a brand of Plano-Synergy. ZINK is located in my hometown of Port Clinton, OH, where we manufacturer game calls and outdoor accessories that ship all around the world. Plano-Synergy is a conglomerate of 16 brands covering industries from the outdoors to storage & organization. I’ve worked part-time at ZINK for over 7 years, and in December 2018, I was offered a full-time position as a production scheduler. In 2017 I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. With my specialization being in individualized business, I have a diverse background of experience from marketing and project management to manufacturing and supply chain.
My Day as a Production Scheduler
As a production scheduler, I am responsible for 100+ SKUs at ZINK, which requires careful inventory monitoring to make sure all needed materials are on order and expected to be received in-time for production runs. In regards to some of my main tasks, I spend the majority of my day utilizing Oracle’s JD Edwards ERP system to:
- Create work orders.
- Review work order statuses.
- Conduct inventory maintenance (cycle counts, inventory transfers & adjustments, etc.).
- Monitor supply and demand at Plano-Synergy’s distribution center for ZINK items.
- Place purchase orders with suppliers.
My additional tasks include carefully reviewing my excel planning file that displays a 7-month outlook of production requirements. This data tool incorporates our forecasting platform, TARGIT. I am able to identify what SKUs need to be made in relation to current inventory vs. upcoming demand. Every week I work closely with the Sr. Director of Manufacturing Planning of Plano-Synergy to discuss any capacity issues and overall finished good inventory vs. forecasts of ZINK products. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, I have conference calls with a group of Plano-Synergy’s brand managers, sales team, and project managers to discuss the status of special projects across all brands. We use a program called Origin by Fisher Design to delegate tasks and launch new products. This assists with the flow of information and to-dos between the people making the core product decisions and the individuals responsible for setting the production process.
Every day our production team and I strive to identify areas of improvement and build for future success. In my position, it is important to have consistent communication with others throughout the production process to make sure every employee is on the same page. At the end of every day I review the daily production output (based on work order completions) to see how production went. This allows our team to see if there were bottlenecks. At the next day’s production meeting, we’ll recap our productivity and identify areas that we can be better at!
Advice for Life
“Apply yourself to everything you do. Your possibilities are endless when you strive to learn as much as you can on any given day.” To those reading: best of luck to you in your future endeavors.
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