Production Planner

Home Chef, 6901 W 65th St, Bedford Park, IL 60638 (Bedford Park Plant)

Home Chef brings people together around the dinner table.

Duration: Full-Time

Founded in 2013, Home Chef is the leading meal solutions company with both a retail and online presence. Available online at homechef.com and in retail at more than 2,100 Kroger grocery stores, Home Chef is committed to inspiring and enabling more people to cook simple, delicious meals, no matter how busy they are.

Similar to our recipes, we recognize that variety is the spice of life, and therefore, our employees also bring their uniqueness and color to our fantastic team. We’re eager to work with humble team players and pragmatic next-level thinkers to innovate on Home Chef’s offerings. 

As the COVID-19 situation evolves in the US and worldwide, we are taking all the necessary precautions, per the CDC guidelines, to keep our employees and customers safe.

The Production Planner is responsible for creating ambitious, achievable plans for the Production team to build our meal kits each week. Partnering with the Operations Manager, Procurement team, Quality team, and Inventory team, the Planner will proactively create and manage weekly and daily plans to ensure production targets are met.

This position is Monday - Friday, 7am-4pm

Production Planning:

  • Takes ownership of weekly production plans, identifying potential obstacles to completing menus efficiently and meeting production targets
  • Creates shift level production plan: Works with Operations Manager to assign supervisors and leads to tasks, calls out number of associates needed for each activity, and ensures inventory is available for assigned tasks
  • Makes adjustments to production plan during shift as needed in response to product quality issues, shorts, or staffing levels
  • Minimizes downtime by maintaining full view of production activities in progress, proactively spotting issues, and problem solving in advance of production shut downs

Communication & Teamwork:

  • Supports Operations Manager in communicating production plans and targets to shift managers
  • Meets with Procurement team to establish delivery timelines for all products on upcoming menus based on production plan
  • Partners with Food Safety & Quality Assurance team to identify and test opportunities for production planning to improve product quality and reduce delivery errors
  • Communicates with Inventory Clerks to confirm counts and understand what work can be completed based on inventory
  • Proactively collaborates with other plants to share best practices

KPI Management:

  • Monitors labor efficiency metrics and conducts root cause analysis to identify reasons for exceeding/failing to meet performance standards
  • Tracks planned activities vs. actual activities to identify areas of opportunity and discuss action plans with Operations Manager
  • Continually learns from experience to improve production KPIs over time


  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets
  • Experience with an ERP system preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to problem solve and balance priorities in a fast paced environment
  • 1-2 years of work experience required; experience in food manufacturing highly desirable
  • Completion of a two-year program such as an Associate degree is preferred

  • The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability needed for this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

Perks and benefits:
- Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first order!
- Medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance available
- Paid holidays, sick time and vacation time
- 401k program
- Flexible spending accounts for qualified medical, dependent care, parking, or transit expenses

How We Work Together

We are humble team players. 
We are warm and gracious with team members and customers. We seek feedback to improve ourselves - and respectfully listen to and accept input.

We are pragmatic next-level thinkers.
We come up with novel and unique ideas. We explore new strategies to avoid being constrained by conventional thinking. 

We take ownership.
We approach ambiguous problems, prepared to dive in, get curious, and learn more. We are results-driven, always challenging ourselves to exceed goals.

Be at Home at Home Chef

We all show up authentically at Home Chef. Our team includes individuals with a variety of identities, backgrounds, and perspectives. You can trust that you’ll be able to bring your whole self to an inclusive and enjoyable workplace. 

We welcome people of all races, colors, religions, national origin or ancestry, sex (including sexual identity), age, physical or mental disabilities, pregnancy, veteran or military status, unfavorable discharge from military service, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, order of protection status, citizenship status, arrest record or expunged/sealed convictions, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state, or local law.

Home Chef is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, Home Chef will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact our People team at [email protected].

Home Chef is an equal opportunity employer.

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About Home Chef

Every day, you're out there making things happen. That's why our CEO, Pat Vihtelic, created Home Chef: to provide everything you need to bring more delicious meals and moments to the table, no matter how busy you are. Because at Home Chef, we believe that preparing and enjoying a home-cooked meal should be a simply delicious experience. In fact, simplicity is our mantra. From online to doorstep...to your kitchen table, we make planning and preparing a home-cooked meal simple, intuitive and inspirational every step of the way. In 2013, Pat started Home Chef by partnering with a chef to design delicious, easy-to-follow recipes. Since then, our team has grown to include several chefs, and more than 700 employees across production, marketing, technology, product, design, and customer service. Last year, we delivered over 10 million meals and expanded our delivery to cover more than 97% of the U.S. population. Some days -- okay, most days -- we can't believe how quickly we've grown. But we believe that people continue to love Home Chef for the same reasons it was founded: it saves time, reduces food waste, and most importantly, brings people together for a home-cooked meal.

Want to learn more about Home Chef? Visit Home Chef's website.