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Production Planner

Date: Nov 10, 2022

Location: Portsmouth, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN Aerospace


“Join us and help make things fly every day!”


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 38 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.  Sitting within our Defence Airframes business line at our Portsmouth manufacturing plant you’ll do just that. Established in 1990, Portsmouth is one of our newer locations with a workforce of circa 200 employees. The site is a leading technology provider for the aerospace, marine and military markets supplying an extensive range of specialist fuel tanks and flotation systems, as well as engineering expertise and support for fixed and rotary wing aircrafts, land vehicles, missiles, UAVs, torpedoes and marine vessels.  Our customer base includes Airbus, BAE Systems, Bell, Boeing, General Automics, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls Royce, Sikorsky, Saab, MOD.

Job Summary

As a Production Planner you’ll join the Supply Chain team, a team of two Production Planners and three Master Schedulers’. Reporting into one of our Master Scheduler’s you’ll take responsibility for scheduling and maintaining shop floor production while working closely with the Manufacturing Team Leaders. You’ll work cross functionally with our internal teams in various departments such as Operations, Stores, Finance, Programmes and Commercial. This position is primarily for the production of our fuel systems with the expectation to diversify and be flexible in all areas supporting the team.  This will include:
•    Being compliant with the Company’s Environmental, Health & Safety and Energy procedures including work processes and procedures around manufacturing
•    Proactively communicating and escalating to the Master Scheduler or management potential production execution issues or constraints to trigger preventive actions against potential supply failure
•    Monitoring 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
•    Daily/Weekly tracking; challenging  and reporting schedule adherence with reasons for deviation to Production Management and Master Scheduler

How You'll Contribute

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:



•    Demonstrable experience gained within a scheduling or planning role within a manufacturing environment 
•    Knowledge of ERP/MRP systems dealing with BOM’s (Bill Of Materials) and inventory including  works order management
•    Understanding of inventory management and FIFO (First In First Out) FEFO (First Expiry First Out) and Kanban 
•    Understanding of lean manufacturing processes
•    The ability to manage Manufacturing constraints through capacity modelling
•    Confident communication skills able to work cross functionally across a business
•    Experience of Microsoft Office Suite at an intermediate level 
•    Be able to work well as an individual and meet targets and deadlines.
•    Self-driven and team oriented 

•    Experience of using SAP for scheduling 
•    Experience of  practical application of lean manufacturing techniques 
•    Practical application of inventory  management techniques including  FIFO and FEFO
•    Experience of Microsoft Office Suite to an advance level


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 Production Planner will be open minded, challenge the norm and look for improved ways of working with a positive mind-set whilst demonstrating a think outside the box attitude. Fully motivated to succeed as an individual and collaborate with the team. 

What We'll Offer

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

  • 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 


This is a full time position, a contract of 37 hours per week, working Monday to Friday with every second Friday a non-working day ‘Free Friday’. 


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.

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