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Senior Planning Manager

Date: Feb 2, 2023

Location: Bristol, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

Every day, around the world, we help aircraft fly further, faster and greener. We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 38 manufacturing sites in 12 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn. Together as “One GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions.  We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050! 

Making a Difference 
It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers.

The Opportunity

Our Filton site in Bristol is our largest UK site with 1500 colleagues and here we design and manufacture large, complex structural wing assemblies, detailed metallic components and wing systems for a combination of both civil and military aircraft. Due to retirement, a rare opportunity has opened up to join us as a Senior Planning Manager. In this key role, you will provide expert support to site in relation to balancing supply and demand in line with site operational and financial plans. You will be one of three Senior Planning Managers, leading a team of 13 Master Schedulers and Shop-floor Schedulers (4 direct reports), and will look after a defined part of the site's business from a planning and scheduling perspective, adhering to related standards and using tools and metrics appropriately. Key duties include the execution of monthly Operations Supply Planning (IBP) activities, leading weekly MPS activities and the daily execution of planning through Shop Floor Scheduling. 

This role is part of the Supply Chain Function and whilst your responsibilities are predominantly focused on Planning activities, there may be the requirement based on your skill set and experience to support the wider function when necessary due to business needs. 

How You'll Contribute

Key duties include:   

  • Being accountable for the management of your Planning team (leadership, target setting, performance review, talent management, organizational planning, recruiting/on-boarding, training and development)
  • Collecting and compiling all inputs supporting the Operations Capability Review; this includes understanding demonstrated performance, management of assumptions, integration of time phased continuous improvement plan, preventative maintenance plan, master data, and forward looking capacity 
  • Ensuring that MPS is feasible and meets Programmes’ requirements within site and supplier / subcontractor capacity while at same time satisfying site Inventory targets
  • Ensuring Shop Floor Scheduling is aligned to latest customer demand, consistent with MPS and using the most adequate techniques to support on time delivery at the optimal level of inventory and cost.
  • Ensuring relevant KPIs are monitored and PDCA approach applied 
  • You will embrace a culture that is aligned to the GKN Aerospace “Great Place to Work” value drivers and Culture Principles

What You'll Bring

To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and expertise/ talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:


  •      Experience working in a Manufacturing environment, preferably one which adheres to a Lean Operating Model
  •      Experience at a senior level for Forecasting & Demand Planning, Operations Supply Planning (IBP) / MPS / MRP, Daily Scheduling & Execution, Master Data Management
  •      Previous exposure to Strategic Planning, Inventory Management, End-to-End visibility and data exchange, Strategy & CI Planning, Performance Monitoring, Network & Talent Management, Industry & Product acumen, Project Management, Business Process Excellence, Operations Excellence


  •      Bachelor degree in Supply Chain Management/Logistics
  •      APICS qualifications such as Basics of Supply Chain Management (BSCM) or CPIM 
  •      Internal Flow & Warehousing, Budget Mgt. and Finance acumen, Lean Mind-set & Business Excellence, People Excellence, End-to-End Supply Chain Mgt.

What We'll Provide

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:

  • Salary of circa £50,000
  • Opportunity to earn up to 22.5% annual bonus
  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Annual car allowance of £5,500
  • Flexible working hours including the ability to finish at 12noon on a Friday
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • 25 days' holiday + bank holidays
  • Income protection
  • Shopping discounts
  • Free on-site parking, canteen, shop, bike sheds and a Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment with significant career development opportunities

As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you! 
A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working
Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work. We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.

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