Plant Control Specialist

Mercedes-Benz: Building Exceptional Vehicles… and Careers!
The best chapters in Alabama’s automotive success story are yet to come. The Mercedes-Benz automobile of the future will be different; greener, more efficient, safer, and even more fascinating. Only one thing will never change – It will wear a star.
MBUSI is home to the GLE, GLE Coupe, and GLS Sport Utility Vehicles produced for all global markets. Our facility is one of the most advanced automotive manufacturing facilities in the world, with over 6 million square feet under one roof. The plant, located in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, is positioned in an area of natural beauty and abundant natural resources.
MBUSI offers an excellent compensation and benefits package including health and life insurance, 401(k) and retirement, on-site child development and wellness facilities. MBUSI is committed to excellence and actively promotes teamwork, safety, quality, and continuous improvement within its ranks. Our Team Members share a common goal to always be the best premium auto manufacturer in North America.
Mercedes-Benz, U.S. International, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. follows all local, state and federal laws in all aspects of business.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for any open positions.
Purpose of the Position:

Under general supervision, this position is responsible for managing the production flow of vehicles through all production shops. In addition, the publishing and analysis of production results and related reports and the development of countermeasures, as needed.
Essential Functions:
Develop an operational schedule for each shop individually on a shift-by-shift basis, taking into account all-available production plans from vehicle scheduling and program planning.
Support align monthly/weekly/daily production targets with all shop managers based on the operational schedule. Ensure cross functional and cross departmental communication between all shops - Body / Paint / Assembly and the relevant planning groups in terms of operational planning and inventory management.
Continuously update the Operational Schedule to account for over-/under production situations, ensuring at all time an appropriate balance of inventory through all shops and buffers.
Manage the inventory content across all shops including the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) based upon the requirements of the Operationalized Schedule.
Co-ordinate with the control rooms in each shop to react effectively in response to downtime, breakdown and plan countermeasures to minimize impact to downstream production.
Control and monitor Block Requests, assessing the impact on the shops to determine feasibility of implementation and implement these upon confirmation.
Drive resolution within the shops for delayed or aged vehicles.
Monitor the fill levels of the Pre-Trim Buffers in Assembly Shops and escalate as required.
Conduct and moderate Shift Start and Mid-Shift PCS Meetings to provide a forum for daily cross-shop decision making and communication in all operative areas.
Communicate PCS Meeting results and post called overtime.
Publish various production results related reports.
Communicate carry-over issues via the Shift Log. Analyze issues to prevent reoccurrences and propose countermeasures to ensure sustainable improvement.
Perform first level diagnosis of system errors, interface with Engineering, IT and other departments to resolve problems.
Apply the Practical Problem Solving Method where applicable.
Perform tasks in accordance to MBUSI Safety, Quality, Cost and Delivery targets. Apply Plan-Do-Check-Act (PCDA) methods for daily work functions.
Support Model Year changeovers in conjunction with the scheduling team with respect to requirements for different shops, vehicle inventory management, purging the system from old vehicles, coordinating any late changes / scrap / rebuild vehicles to ensure clean changeover for the shops and the material planning teams.
Support other functions in PCS including but not limited to operational planning / broadcast systems / operational calendar, etc.
Perform safe work practices and participate in trainings and safety programs in a positive and proactive way by following safety rules, procedures, regulations, standards and laws. Report all unsafe acts, unsafe conditions, and injuries to supervisor or Human Resources.
Work safely 100% of the time.
Perform other duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education, Experience and Necessary Skills all must be met in order to qualify for position.


This position requires a Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain/Operations Management, Information Technology/Management Information Systems (MIS), Information Technology or related area or the equivalent combination of education and experience.


A minimum of 3 years of working experience in an Information Process Systems related department or related production or support area.

Necessary Skills, Certifications, etc.:

Must have working knowledge of PC based systems.
Working knowledge of MS Office applications.
Ability to communicate effectively with others at peer and management levels
Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
Must be willing to rotate through a 2-shift or 3-shift operations schedule as needed to support operations

Preferred Skills:

Working knowledge of PLUS and MRS.
Hands-on automotive production experience with an emphasis on vehicle flow management and tracking.

Sponsorship is Not Available for this Position.