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Company Overview

Rexnord® is a leading worldwide industrial company comprised of two strategic platforms: Process & Motion Control and Water Management. Within our platforms, we serve a diverse array of growing, global end markets with the broadest, most reliable product portfolios and trusted brands in our industries, backed by thousands of associates that share a common goal: providing superior customer satisfaction.

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Job Description

The Company
Rexnord Industries, LLC ( is a nearly $2b multi-industry manufacturer and marketer of highly engineered mechanical power transmission components and water management products.  The Power Transmission Group operates under the “Rexnord” name, and the Water Management Group operates primarily under the “Zurn” name (  The Rexnord culture, centered on the Rexnord Business System – “RBS” (the company’s operating management system based on the Toyota Production System and the Strategy Deployment Process - advanced Hoshin Planning methodology), welcomes professionals who can lead and produce results, who are motivated by stretch objectives, and who will embrace a business environment which is driven to continuously improve.  Rexnord is primarily owned by Apollo Management, one of the world’s premier private equity firms.
Business Unit
The Rexnord Gear Group is a significant business unit within the Power Transmission Segment (“PT”), a highly respected +$1b supplier of Industrial Bearings, Couplings, Gears, Modular Conveyor Belting, Industrial Chain and Conveyor Systems primarily serves a broad range of global industrial vertical markets (ex.: including mining, aggregate/cement, wood/paper, food & grain and chemicals, among others) through three product-based operating units. These operating units leverage a shared PT sales organization and supply products to their served markets through distribution, and direct to the OEM and end-user. Products are primarily focused on high performance / value-added solutions. PT is a very significant contributor to Rexnord’s overall operating profit and cash flow, and is targeted to achieve continued and significant revenue and margin growth over the next three years. PT’s relative market position, product offering/technology, application and design engineering capability, and strong brand recognition are clearly strengths that can be further leveraged for competitive advantage in the market place. Rexnord PT is generally #1 or #2 in its served markets with primary competitors including such companies as Dodge Power Transmission (Baldor), Emerson Power Transmission, SKF, Timken, Intralox, Regina, Lovejoy, and Sumitomo Industries, among others. The business is supported by more than 20 manufacturing and aftermarket service locations primarily located in the U.S., as well as Europe, China and Australia.  

Brief Description
The Rexnord Gear Group seeks an experienced Production Planning Manager who is looking for a challenge, and who wants to make an impact in a fast-paced, performance driven environment.  The position's scope and primary responsibility is to lead a group of production planners with the implementation of lean initiatives, optimizing inventory, and supporting day-to-day production requirements.
The position is located at our Canal Street facility in Milwaukee, WI.

Key Accountabilities

• Manage team of Production Planners. This includes assigning tasks and activities, reviewing performance, tracking status, monitoring adherence to policies and processes, and facilitating training and development.

• Responsible for production order and capacity management.  Works with the operations team to establish performance goals with respect to continuity of supply, continuous improvement of operational efficiencies, quality, and delivery.  Monitor production performance to agree upon objectives.

• Oversee activities related to the management production orders from the creation of planned orders to the delivery of product, including reconciliation of Production Order variances, scrap etc.  Work with the operations team to expedite or defer deliveries as required.
• Develop and maintain processes and reports to manage short-term and long-term capacity. Communicate with supervision and other colleagues to avoid bottlenecks and maintain timely flow of product.

• Review and maintain production schedules per machine to meet OTD and efficiency goals
• Perform liaison duties to assure on time shipment to meet scheduled shipping dates. Achieve OTD (On Time Delivery) for the customer order throughout production and supply chain.
• Responsible for timely reporting of agreed upon KPI’s, action plans, and cost reduction results. Manage assigned action plans utilizing lean manufacturing principles.
• Lead projects using project management skills and techniques to manage cross-functional teams to achieve the desired outcome of a detailed action plan. Drive continuous improvement in production management and material flow processes.

• Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner. Gather and analyze information and propose alternative solutions. Key contributor in group problem solving situations. Act as a point of escalation of the production planning team to resolve issues.

• Identify and execute inventory optimization initiatives and ensure appropriate levels and accuracy of inventory planning. This includes review and calculation of forecasts, safety stocks, kanban quantities, order quantities, etc.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree required (prefer degrees in Supply Chain Management, Operations, or Engineering).

• 5 years minimum of relevant experience in a production or material planning position preferably within a discrete manufacturing environment

• Experience with lean manufacturing tools preferred

• Previous experience required with and working knowledge of using/reading engineering drawings and specifications.

• Must have worked with SAP or other ERP system.

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including advanced skills with Excel and Microsoft Project.

Capabilities and Success Factors:

• Strong project management skills, ability to manage multiple details / background and prioritize with successful outcomes.

• Ability to manage conflict, solicit feedback to improve service, respond to requests for assistance, and meet commitments.

• Extremely strong aptitude for analytics pertaining to production planning, scheduling, supply chain, and overall business activity.

• Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills are necessary.

• Strong Microsoft Excel experience with charts, graphing, macros, pivot tables, and v-lookups.

• Candidate will need to possess strong organizational, analytical and motivational skills along with an ability to thrive in a fast-paced, metrics-driven, performance-based environment with stretch goals.


• Competitive Salary

• Matching 401(k) contribution

• Discretionary Personal Retirement Account

Exceptional Benefits

• Medical Insurance

• Dental Insurance

• Vision Insurance

• Short-Term Disability Insurance

• Long-Term Disability Insurance

• Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

• Life Insurance

• Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical and Dependent Care)

• Educational Reimbursement

• Matching Gift Program


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