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Requisition ID: R10088515
Category: Manufacturing and Production
Location: Commerce, CA, 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: Yes, 10% of the Time
Positions Available: 2

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.

Northrop Grumman’s Space Systems, Payload and Ground Systems Division is looking for a Production Planner 2 to support the Space Components organization/business unit in the Propulsion operating unit in Commerce, CA.


Reporting to the Production Planning Manager, the Production Planner plans sequence of assembly and other manufacturing operations relating to specific portion of program and product deliverables for the manufacturing department. Plans detail operations from blueprints, engineering orders, change notices, and other engineering releases. Prepares shop work orders assistance from the materials group and manufacturing engineering. Ability to work with inventory system to support build requirements. Provides status of completed and in process work.


Coordinate production workflow for one or multiple programs and products
Plan and prioritize operations to ensure customer schedule and requirements are met
Create production work order documentation for release to the shop floor
Assist in determining manpower required to meet schedule demands,
Work with materials planning to determine and schedule materials needed to cover production demand
Coordinate with program management and the manufacturing manager staffing requirements for  production operations
Monitor jobs to ensure they will be completed on schedule
Identify potential issues or deal with current disruptions to minimize delays in the value stream
Obtain output information (number of finished products, percentage of defectives etc.)
Prepare and submit status and performance reports
Keep paperwork organized
Collaborate with Quality Assurance, Materials Purchasing and other staff

Required Qualifications:

High School diploma or equivalent, and 5 years’ additional education and/or related experience
Minimum 3 years’ related experience in planning or support role
Experience working with an inventory and/or materials requirements planning MRP system
Ability to work well as part of an integrated team including technicians, engineers, principal level engineers/scientists along with internal and external customers
High level of proficiency in MS Word and Excel; basic experience with PowerPoint
Able to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast paced, highly technical work environment
Responsible self-starter and team player with manufacturing or service experience
Great problem solving skills
Good written and verbal communication skills
U.S. Citizenship is a bona fide requirement

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management or related technical field
3+ Years’ experience in inventory, materials or production planning, or related experience
Past experience and involvement with production or materials planning

Salary Range: $61,900 USD – $92,900 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-R10088515 2023.01.14

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