Production Control Specialist

Santa Ana, CA posted on March 25

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Aluminum Precision Products (APP, Inc.) established in 1965 is a privately held ESOP "Employee Stock Ownership Plan" Company headquartered in Santa Ana, CA. APP, Inc. is an international leader in closed and open die forgings of aluminum and titanium alloys and the world's largest producer of Precision Aluminum Forgings. 


We are currently seeking a detail oriented Production Control Specialist to join our team in Santa Ana, CA.     


Requisition: SAE1415-0302


JOB SUMMARY: The Production Control Specialist is a key cross-functional administrative position supporting the material planning, outside process purchasing and scheduling desks. This position will be responsible for assisting these departments to ensure accuracy, prioritization, and coordination to meet production objectives. This role will create, input, and track purchase orders to/from our outside processing vendors, coordinate the timely processing and delivery of materials to/from vendors, release production travelers to the shop and ensure accuracy of order(s) and internally route materials with necessary documents. Long range goals for this role involve tracking and improving vendor KPIs and developing vendor relationships.



  • Maintain a safe work environment.
  • Support Production, Planning, Purchasing and Scheduling departments in various functions, such as:
    • Review raw materials demand reports, release material(s) to production.
    • Maintain close communication with key plant personnel.
    • Schedule, plan and track jobs to completion.
    • Formalize purchase orders and use approved vendors.
    • Follow all APP, Inc. and customer specs and requirements for Quality Control.
    • Track orders and use approved vendors, review invoices.
    • Track travelers and shop orders – expedite jobs through factory.
    • Receive Purchase Orders for entry back into the system for accounting purposes.
    • Maintain regular communication with vendors via phone and email.
    • Will discern efficiencies related to cost versus lead time.
    • Will visit vendor facilities for meeting, audits and inspection purposes.
    • Verify invoices with accounting if necessary.
    • Complete monthly reconciliation for each vendor.
    • Maintain status on problems and/or problem jobs.
    • Interface with customers regarding schedule.
  • Ensure all quality and production requirements are met.
  • Track performance for KPI reporting.
  • Ensure proper documentation follow the material (blueprints, diagrams, etc.).
  • Will use Company vehicle to visit other APP, Inc. facilities, vendors, and customers.
  • Report concerns and discrepancies to supervisor.
  • Ensure compliance with Company, customer and vendor polices.
  • Ensure necessary documents are prepared and retained.
  • Participate in LEAN manufacturing and SPC activities as required.
  • Participate in total quality management projects to achieve continuous improvement.
  • Maintain an acceptable attendance record.
  • Comply with all APP, Inc. safety rules and company policies.
  • Ensure any accident or injury is promptly reported.
  • Wear proper Personal Protection Equipment in work area at all time.
  • Must be able to operate in a drug-free workplace.



  • Perform any other duties not mentioned above when instructed to do so by Supervisor.
  • Analyze opportunities for improving the efficiency and cost savings.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly work area.
  • Administrative duties will involve filing, photocopying, faxing, data entry, scanning, etc.



  • None




Education and/or Experience

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • 2+ years experience in production planning or inventory control.
  • 1+ year experience with IFS system (or similar MRP).
  • Able to understand instructions and safety procedures.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Professional Designations

  • None




Computer Skills

  • Intermediate – Word, Excel, data entry, typing, email and internet.


Language Skills

  • Basic English (read, write, verbal and comprehend)
  • Communicate with co-workers, supervisor, and other personnel in English.


Mathematical Skills

  • Intermediate – Add, subtract, multiply, divide.



  • Valid driver’s license and clean DMV history to use Company vehicle.



  • Will be safety conscious and put safety first.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Should be able to work in any shift.
  • Strong organization skills.
  • Must be detail-oriented with exceptional follow through.
  • Able to multi-task.
  • Must be able to work occasional overtime to meet operational deadlines.
  • Able to work in a demanding fast paced environment.
  • Must be comfortable working around heavy machinery.




Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Aluminum forging industry experience.
  • Good technical knowledge of the various Aluminum grades.



In lieu of the above, any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the aforementioned knowledge, abilities, and skills may be considered at the Company’s discretion.


Pre-employment drug screen, background check, and E-verification apply.


APP, Inc. engineers and manufactures certain products that are considered ITAR-controlled items under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Consistent with ITAR, any position at APP, Inc. that involves work with the engineering or manufacturing functions of the Company may only be filled by a candidate who is (i) a citizen of the United States, or (ii) a person who has been accorded the privilege of residing permanently in the United States as an immigrant in accordance with the immigration laws.


APP offers an exceptional benefit package:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance
  • Wellness Program Discount
  • 401k Plan
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
  • Education Reimbursement for Approved Programs
  • Vacation and Paid Holidays




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The USES category for this position is light. While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, as well as talk and hear. Will manipulate office materials weighing up to 10 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and color vision. Requires manual dexterity and continued use of both hands to use computer keyboard, mouse and related office tools and equipment.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an associate encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Work environment is an indoor office setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually light to moderate when out in production area.


Aluminum Precision Products, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.