Production planning assistant

Job Type Manufacturing
Location Darwen - Herbert Parkinson
Partnership Level 9
Closing Date 04/06/2023
Vacancy Type Permanent
Salary £22,500.00 - £29,400.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 38.75 hr per week. earliest start time 6:45am. Latest finish time 5pm


We want all of our Partners to have a good work-life balance and we support flexible working. This might mean flexible or compressed hours, job sharing or shorter hour contracts, where it is possible to do so. Please discuss this further with the hiring manager during your interview.


Our Purpose

Working in Partnership for a happier world – our shared Purpose that guides us in everything we do and inspires 3 important principles; happier people, happier business, happier world. The John Lewis Partnership is a truly unique business, one that seeks to make a positive difference to the lives of everyone.

At a glance:

  • Salary range - The budgeted salary range for this role is set at £22,500 - £24,000

  • Contract type - This position is a permanent contract 

  • Location: Herbert Parkinson (Darwen)

About the role:

The Production Planning Assistant will provide the effective administration and assistance in a wide range of Planning activities, to ensure a smooth pipeline of demand. You will be responsible for the release of work and timely distribution to operations, contributing to the overall achievement of branch KPIs.

What will you be doing?

  •  Working alongside the Planning & Analysis Manager, you will develop the site operational schedule to ensure customer requirements are planned in the most efficient way.

  • You will be responsible for developing the operational schedule and delivering to the production manager(s) 

  • Provide administrative support to Operations through the release of customer orders 

  • Ensure the timely distribution & smooth workflow of customer demand into operations

  • Work collaboratively with operational stakeholders, identifying & resolving issues, escalating where appropriate

  • Effectively communicate any changes to the operational schedule to relevant stakeholders 

Essential skills you’ll need: 

  • Relevant experience in an administrative role

  • Excellent communication skills 

  • Flexible, adaptable and able work well under pressure in a dynamic retail and operational environment

  • IT skills

Desirable skills you’ll have:

  • Experience in Production planning roles

Benefits of the Partnership and the role: 

  • You will enjoy 25% discount at John Lewis and 20% in Waitrose 

  • The Partnership has a competitive pension scheme where your contributions will be matched by the Partnership (up to 8% of pay)

  • Excellent work life balance, including focus on well being and flexible working and our marketing leading equal parenthood leave Policy

  • Find out more about the extensive range of exciting benefits that you could enjoy when you join us on our website under About the Partnership; Benefits 

Next Steps: 

  • The application form consists of a CV upload followed by application questions. Please ensure you refresh the page each time you complete a task to ensure you complete everything that you need to in time. (If internal, check your Workday notifications and see further guidance on the PDW under "Internal application process").

  • Once you've submitted an application the next steps of the process, if successful, are likely to include a 1 stage virtual interview.

  • You'll be asked about any adjustments you might need to support the recruitment process. Let us know, and we'll be sure to discuss it with you. 

  • Thanks for your patience in the meantime and for showing an interest in joining JLP. 

  • We occasionally close vacancies early in the event we receive a high volume of applications. Therefore, we recommend you apply early ​

You can view a copy of the full job outline here (internal only)

For internal use only: 




At the John Lewis Partnership, we embrace our differences. We want you to be you. Because, well, we know you're at your best when you're free to be yourself. Being a truly inclusive employer to us means creating an environment which celebrates your contribution, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, social background, religion or belief. It's why we've set our own aim to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners (employees) and our customers. We firmly believe that our future success lies in diversity of thought from all Partners and it's integral in our mission to build a happier world. We welcome applications from everyone interested in working for us. And, once you're a Partner, your differences will make all the difference. Find out more about D&I in the Partnership here -

Attachment: Production Planning Assistant Job Outline - EXTERNALS.pdf 


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Production planning assistant
  • Darwen - Herbert Parkinson,
  • £22500 - £29400
  • Closing Date: 04/06/2023