Production Planner

POSTED: June 1, 2022
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Job Description:

At Saab in West Lafayette, Indiana, you have the opportunity to join a team that will manufacture the rear section of the T-7A Red Hawk military trainer aircraft for the United States Air Force. When at full capacity by 2027, Saab will employ over 300 employees in the West Lafayette facility in management, administration, and manufacturing.

The new flagship facility will utilize advanced manufacturing techniques and leverage research and development to support Saab’s broad product portfolio. In the U.S., Saab also offers job opportunities in Florida, Washington D.C. and our headquarters in Syracuse, New York. Saab provides an excellent working environment, offering advancement and professional growth opportunities, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package.

As Saab is building a new advanced manufacturing facility in West Lafayette, IN, we are seeking Production Planners to:

·         Review master production schedules and Line of Balance reports to determine possible shortages.

·         Provide oversight and direction for the production planning process.

·         Release work orders to shop floor and ensures closeout of work order activity.

·         Ensure material availability.

·         Effectively use problem solving skills and analytical thinking.

·         Coordinate and lead regular meetings to insure the execution of actual production against plan.

·         Establish and monitor min/max levels in stock room to insure acceptable lead times for standard products.

·         Coordinate with purchasing, production, stockroom, and manufacturing personnel to ensure appropriate scheduling, procurement, and movement of materials.

·         Revise production schedules when required due to design changes, labor or material shortages, backlogs, or other interruptions, collaborating with management, marketing, sales, production, and engineering.

·         Evaluate potential improvements in economic order quantities to gain total supply chain improvements.

·         Work with Manufacturing Program Managers and support personnel to understand all future production requirements.

·         Assist in maintaining outside vendor relations.

·         Aid in the scheduling of resources, mentoring, training, working with personnel to establish and monitor goals.

·         Estimate level of effort and associated costs used in BoE and project scheduling.

·         Monitor workload and schedules, and balances resources.

·         Lead/identify process improvement projects.

Skills and Experience:

·         Bachelor's degree in Business or related discipline is required.

·         5+ years of relevant experience.

·         Experience may include comprehensive knowledge of tools, software and other technologies.

·         Ability to implement schedule management process consistent with customer requirements and internal processes and best practices.

·         Understanding of MRP principles.

·         Possesses the skills to direct and influence the company’s teams for project/program success.

·         Ability to influence organizational change.

·         Excellent communication and team working skills.

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident (green card holder), or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to meet the following criteria: (i) pass a drug screen, (ii) complete a background check that will include, at a minimum, a criminal record check, and education and employment verification, and (iii) be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (unless granted an accommodation permitted by law and then in compliance with Saab’s requirements related to the accommodation, if any).


Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

  • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, 3 weeks personal illness, bereavement, jury duty and disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a global defense and security company operating in the fields of air, land and naval defense, civil security and commercial aeronautics. We number approximately 17,000 employees and have operations on all continents. Technologically we are leaders in many areas, and one-fifth of our earnings are spent on research and development.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.


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