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Greenville, MS, US


A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


Job Title: Maintenance Planner/Scheduler


Purpose of Role

The primary role of the maintenance planner/scheduler is to improve equipment reliability while minimizing conversion costs.  This is accomplished through sound planning practices, which includes efficient utilization of labor, parts, materials, and outside vendor services. The planner/scheduler is responsible for the planning and scheduling of all maintenance activities performed in the area to which the planner/scheduler is assigned.  The planner/ scheduler maintains liaisons and coordination between maintenance and other departments; maintains appropriate records and files to permit meaningful analysis for reporting on the effectiveness of the maintenance planning and scheduling and its impact to the business.  Analyze maintenance performance and recommends actions to improve performance


Principal Accountabilities

  • Work with reliability manager, production manager, maintenance leaders, and shift managers to plan and complete WO’s effectively
  • Provide shift managers with reports, PM’s, WO’s and other tools needed to effectively direct TRs and operators on their shifts to complete WO’s
  • Planner/scheduler should have knowledge of each department’s activities in order to effectively and efficiently schedule work orders in each area
  • Period ending KPI reporting to central engineering and reliability manager
  • Attend daily DOM meeting and reporting of reliability metrics
  • Maintain creation, planning, scheduling, and closing WO’s in SAP
  • Converting all M1s into WOs and coaching TRs how to input M1s
  • Reviews and assures work orders are properly filled out:
    • Work scope clearly described
    • Check if the priority and requested completion dates are realistic and provide practical lead-time.
    • Charge numbers and other coding are complete and accurate
  • Identifies and obtains necessary materials, work instructions, manuals, appropriate tools, etc. to execute the planned work order.
  • Networking within the segment and across segment
  • Develop daily, weekly, monthly reporting on reliability KPIs for site and category use
  • Owner of BOMs for the site to make sure parts are BOM’d to correct equipment
  • Leads weekly maintenance planning meeting for Tuesday alignment meeting with Operations for upcoming PM days
  • Assists operators and TRs with WOs on down days as needed to build capability
  • Planner/scheduler works with the production planning group to make sure adequate downtime is planned to complete maintenance work
  • Examines jobs to be done and determines best way to accomplish the work in conjunction with the maintenance leader
  • Assist Asset System Technician and Receivables Technician in kitting parts for WO’s
  • Performs other tasks and special assignments as requested by reliability manager
  • The ability to handle multiple priorities and complexity
  • Create W.O.’s after predictive measurements require an intervention
  • Breakdown Elimination DMS owner on PM Pillar
  • Flow to work as needed to meet the business need
  • Other job duties as assigned by site leadership


Key Functional Skills & Knowledge

  • The planner/scheduler must be proficient with in-house software, such as SAP, Word processing software, spreadsheet software, electronic mail, internet, intranet, etc.
  • A high level of planning and organizing skills are required to be proficient in the position
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Strong equipment and operational knowledge are necessary. Have adequate craft knowledge to estimate Labor hours and materials to visualize the job to be performed.
  • Able to read blueprints and shop drawings.
  • Ability to use Mars EPDM drawing management system to locate and access drawings
  • The planner/scheduler must react quickly to changes in requirements based on their understanding of priorities.
  • Orientation and commitment to customer service.
  • High level interpersonal skills are required to negotiate and collaborate
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Ability to create sketches to clarify work order instructions.  Skills to conduct meetings.
  • Analytical and troubleshooting skills.
  • Ability to understand budgets, cost estimating, and value to business


Minimum Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience in maintenance/reliability
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in a TPM/technical, manufacturing environment
  • 3 years working with SAP
  • Advanced mechanical and electrical skills
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Working knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Ability to convey communications clearly and concisely
  • Understanding of major functions within the plant and the ability to work directly with all levels and functions
  • Ability to work rotating shifts under stressful conditions such as heat, cold, heights, and/or confined spaces
  • Have full mobility with the ability to climb ladders and stairs
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.


Preferred Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience in maintenance/reliability
  • 7 years working with SAP
  • Previous storeroom experience
  • Demonstrated experience working in Quality
  • Demonstrated experience working in safety.
  • Ability to tolerate an ambiguous environment.
  • Functional knowledge and understanding of HACCP concepts


Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


Nearest Major Market: Mississippi

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