They are responsible for negotiating and enforcing the on-time delivery of materials used in the manufacture of products. They interact with customers, making sure that their expectations are met and their requirements delivered as agreed.
Schedulers are responsible for maintaining a master schedule for projects. They create and modify the schedule, detailing each sequence of work that should be done at a particular time. They record the effects of work being performed on time and not performed on time. They are in charge of evaluating the progress of projects and prepare regular updates. Schedulers coordinate with management, operations department and contractors to discuss progress and find solutions to scheduling issues. They provide input in developing work schedules as part of estimating cost of projects, illustrating project timelines and milestones. They are responsible for preparing and issuing proposed and provisional schedule. Schedulers can also serve as technical advisors for some production problems. They coordinate and consult with relevant project team members to ensure the completion of proper planning before a project is started. They also assist project managers in generating schedules for immediate implementation, as well as monitor the same schedule’s impact on the master schedule. If scheduling problems surface as a result, schedulers help in determining the cause and finding solutions to such problems. When required, schedulers provide relevant information regarding the content, changes or presentation of schedules.
Schedulers must have be at least a high school graduate or GED although many employers prefer those who have a college degree and additional training. Candidates for this position should have in depth knowledge of scheduling systems as well as the principles and practices involved. Some employers also prefer that they know specific scheduling programs. They should have excellent interpersonal skills as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills.
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