Production Planner - Fluent in Japanese

Howa Canada Manufacturing - Alliston, ON (30+ days ago)

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Howa Canada Manufacturing was founded in 2013, However globally Howa is now in its 61st year, having grown as an auto parts company with 34 facilities worldwide which includes R&D and our headquarters. In the field of car interior components, today, the Howa Group has expanded its manufacturing sites to countries that produce 75% of the world's automobile manufacturing market. We will always remember our management philosophy "A Company is its People" as we train energetic and creative personnel and focus on building a global and richly diverse corporate culture.

We are currently seeking a motivated team member to work in the capacity of a Production Planner and assist in varied duties as follows:


The Production Planner will be responsible for purchasing raw materials and shipping finished goods according to customers’ requests while supporting the policies and standard operation procedures of Howa Canada Manufacturing.


  • Coordinate and monitor the movement of parts and materials within the facility and ensure materials and finished goods products are received and shipped on schedule.
  • Liaise with Japanese headquarters related to department needs/output
  • Liaise with customers in regards to mass production delivery concerns.
  • Issue purchase orders to suppliers and coordinate transportation to the plant with assigned carriers.
  • Provide feedback regarding any shipping damage concerns to suppliers and carriers.
  • Monitor and maintain inventory of raw materials and finished goods.
  • Adjust inventory in MRP system as required.
  • Assist other departments to help resolve material or component related issues.
  • Generate reports and spreadsheets for management and customers as required.
  • Act as a back-up for shipper / receiver when required. (forklift training will be provided)
  • Prepare production schedules daily.
  • Other duties as required.

Desired Qualifications and experience:

  • Strong math skills, working knowledge of MS Office (including Excel, Word and PowerPoint).
  • Strong communication English skills both written and verbal.
  • Japanese communication skills both written and verbal
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Must be a team player and work overtime as required.
  • Ability to train and coach others as well as willingness to learn.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated 5S management standards and participates in continuous improvement initiatives.

Other Requirements:

Able to work overtime occasionally as required


Walking / Standing /Sitting for prolonged periods.

This is a full time position and the company offers a competitive compensation and benefit package.

We request that all interested applicants submit their resume along with a covering letter indicating salary expectations to this job ad.

Howa Canada Manufacturing is committed to providing accommodation in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities. The accommodation provided will take into account the applicant’s accessibility needs.

If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please submit your accommodation request.

We thank all applicants in advance but advise that only those under consideration will be contacted.

No telephone calls or Employment Agencies please!

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent


  • Production Scheduling: 2 years (Preferred)


  • English (Required)
  • Japanese (Preferred)