Production Planner 3 - Top SecretEast Hartford, CT

Requisition ID: R10163570

  • Category: Manufacturing and Production

  • Location: East Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America

  • Clearance Type: Top Secret

  • 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 East Hartford, CT location.

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Reporting to the 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 ensure timely execution. You will create work orders and track them through completion. 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 work environment.


  • Coordinate production workflow for 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 item, 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

  • Compile records concerning quantity, cost, and type of material received

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

  • Use 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

  • Active Top Secret clearance

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or a related technical field

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

Salary Range: $62,900 - $104,900

The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

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 application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

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 all positions with a government clearance and certain other restricted positions.