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Material Scheduler

Date: Jan 6, 2023

Location: Luton, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN Aerospace

A great place to work needs a great way of working; support us making GKN the trusted and most sustainable partner in the sky for our customers.

A Truly Global Business 
Every day, around the world, we help aircrafts 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 41 manufacturing sites in 13 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.

Job Summary

The Material Scheduler will be based at our Luton site and sit within the wider operations function serving our Defence business line, the incumbent will report to the Planning Manager. The Material Scheduler will manage the shop floor scheduling activities in the production area working closely with Value Stream Managers and Team Leaders, the incumbent will manage visual systems to communicate and monitor the sequence of production orders ensuring the availability of tooling and raw material resources whilst creating and maintaining the optimal production sequence. The Material Scheduler will provide interface between Logistics, Planning, Operations and Procurement on material availability issues and short lead time (1-7 days ) schedule prioritisation, the role is data driven around report creation, communication and investigation.

GKN Luton sits within the Aerospace Group and is a world leader in the production of transparencies and ice protection systems for both civil and military markets. Our customer’s trust GKN to deliver the critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full coaching, guidance and mentoring.

Job Responsibilities

  • Be compliant with the Company’s Environmental, Health & Safety and Energy procedures
  • Monitor Stock cover daily in order to avoid Stock outs as well as overstocks by adjusting the execution sequence if possible or raising the issue with the Master Scheduler
  • Weekly track, challenge and report Schedule Adherence with reasons for deviation to Production Area Management and Master Scheduler
  • Monitor manufacturing output/performance daily against the schedule, challenging and understanding whenever performance differs from standard
  • Identify key materials and provide weekly availability tracker to support the prevention of shortages
  • Review days of inventory on all materials
  • Review items with stock, stock size and escalation of items with no stock
  • Work within agree control values to change the materials master data for safety stock
  • Report and investigate volume of work in progress against the build plan including the early launching of planned orders
  • Daily track repairs within the production area and communicate progress against agreed master production schedule
  • Provide order sequence information to Master Production Scheduler for build parts from operations work in progress boards
  • Provide Master Production Schedule and Planning Manager with data on production orders delays,  slow moving parts, not started or production orders with faults
  • Investigate route cause as required

How You'll Contribute

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


  • Significant material or stock planning experience gained from a manufacturing or warehouse environment
  • Experience of inventory management to identify resource and material trigger points
  • Experience of working with operations professionals to set schedules
  • Experience of using Microsoft Excel to schedule inventory


  • Aerospace industry experience
  • Experience of working to FIFO
  • Experience of Lean Manufacturing and continuous improvement
  • Experience of using SAP ERP for scheduling 

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do. The Material Scheduler will be a credible professional with excellent attention to detail and outstanding verbal and written communication skills facilitating effective working relationships.

What We'll Offer

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


  • £22,000 to £33,000 per annum dependent on experience
  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Income protection
  • Shopping discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment 

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! 

Why Join Us

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.

Hybrid Work Approach
We understand our employees thrive by working differently, what works for one may not work for another, offering different ways of working is core to us creating a great employee experience. We’re pleased to provide a hybrid working approach enabling you to balance your time between working remotely and working in our offices.  We’re also keen for our employees to achieve a work life balance so we’re happy to discuss flexible working options with you should the role be able to accommodate it. 

Join us and keep the world moving … click on the link below to apply