Production Planner 3, Devens, Ma

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Devens, MA

Requisition ID: R10088380
Category: Manufacturing and Production
Location: Devens, MA, USA
Citizenship Required: United States Citizenship
Clearance Type: None
Telecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
Shift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
Travel Required: No
Positions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people’s lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation’s history – from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they’re making history.

AOA Xinetics (AOX), a wholly owned Northrop Grumman Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division Business Venture, is a leading supplier of complex electro-optic and photonic systems and subsystems that control and manipulate light waves for a variety of applications.  Our talented team of engineers, managers and technologists conceive, design, develop and manufacture high precision products in an environment that requires significant collaboration and teamwork among multiple engineering disciplines.  We are seeking a Production Planner 3 to support manufacturing operations at our Devens, MA location.



Reporting to the Master Scheduler and Planning Manager, the Production Planner 3 is responsible for planning and managing production schedules to meet customer delivery requirements and best utilize company’s productive capacity. You will use detailed tasks for operations from blueprints, engineering orders, change notices, and other engineering releases to insure timely execution. You will assist with preparing shop work orders from the materials group and manufacturing engineering. You will work with inventory control to support build requirements and provide status of completed and in process work. Our ideal candidate will have the ability to provide production control support within a high growth, fast paced, advanced technology work environment.



Coordinate production workflow for one or multiple programs and products

Prioritize operations to ensure customer schedule and requirements are met

Create production work order documentation for release to the shop floor

Manage production inventory levels, schedules and availability of selected items, either manufactured or purchased to meet production schedules

Determine manpower, equipment and raw materials needed to cover production demand

Address issues when they arise aiming for minimum disruption

Obtain output information (number of finished products, percentage of defectives etc.)

Prepare and submit status and performance reports

Complies records concerning quantity, cost, and type of material received

Expedites flow of materials, parts, and assemblies between departments in accordance with production and shipping schedules

Uses knowledge of production, procurement, and engineering departments to alert proper authorities regarding potential problems and appropriate remedial action

Keep paperwork organized and establish and adjust priorities for specific customer orders

Collaborate with quality control, inventory, and other internal stakeholders


Basic Qualifications

High School Diploma or equivalent and four years of experience working in inventory planning or materials requirements planning (MRP), or similar role within a highly technical manufacturing/production work environment

Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions.

Strong collaboration skills to partner with internal and external stakeholders (e.g. technicians, engineers, principal level engineers/scientists and customers)

Advanced MS Office Skills (Word, Excel and Power Point)

Strong organizational and problem-solving skills

Experience working with Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

Experience with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and Bill of Materials (BOM) 

Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, self-starter and team player with excellent problem resolution skills

U.S. Citizenship is a bona fide requirement


Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree business administration or related technical field

Advanced proficiency in Material/Inventory Planning Software skills (e.g. MRP, SAP)


Physical Requirements

Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time and light physical effort required

Salary Range: $61,700 USD – $102,800 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

Northrop Grumman / Equal Opportunity Employer

JBNGJ-R10088380 2023.01.14

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