Senior Production Planner

Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems - Loudwater

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Senior Production Planner

Purpose of Role

Responsible for planning, monitoring and reviewing incoming order requirements, resources and production utilisation to ensure customer orders are delivered in line with customer requirements

Key Responsibilities

    • Plan all production jobs ensuring there is sufficient material (including Safety Stock holding) and resources to meet the needs of the project
    • Liaise with the relevant PM/PEL to demonstrate adherence to schedule and cost (in line with WP management)
    • Liaise with Production Supervisors regarding capacity and stock requirements to meet incoming orders
    • Work with the Production Manager to plan and prepare production schedules for production
    • Manage information to optimise requirements to meet schedule dates for customer orders continually monitoring information and managing material requirements
    • Monitor safety stock and work with the procurement team to adjust levels where necessary.
    • Create planning schedule and planning sheets to establish sequence and lead time of each sub assembly to meet delivery dates according to sales forecasts or customer orders
    • Plan the raising of shop orders/kits for production teams according to previously established manufacturing schedule
    • Produce production reports and trial and kitted material shortage reports and liaise with Procurement to expedite
    • Ensure all parties are fully updated of production status, and that work planning and execution objectives are integrated and communicated
    • Release production and spares/CLS shop orders on a timely basis and follow through to ensure satisfactory completion
    • Champion continuous improvement of systems and procedures in support of process improvements and elimination of waste
    • Manage schedule of sub-contract suppliers and if required liaise with these suppliers to ensure material is delivered to schedule
    • Work closely with Stores and Goods In to ensure material is available as per schedule
  • Plan and expedite material for CLS spares

Skills, Qualification and Experience

  • Educated to A level or equivalent
  • Experience of working in a manufacturing environment essential
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a Manufacturing/Production Planner
  • Proven experience of supervising/leading team
  • Forecasting and planning experience
  • Excellent IT skills with good working knowledge of Microsoft Office especially Excel
  • Proven problem solving skills, with the ability to proactively identify problems, put forward solutions and see through to resolution

Personal Attributes

  • Close attention to detail and a methodical approach
  • Customer focused
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills with an ability to handle multiple projects
  • Able to work on own initiative and prioritise a busy workload, juggling priorities to meet deadliness
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to express ideas, share technical information and communicate at all levels
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Good team player, with a proactive, collaborative   approach and an ability to motivate others
  • Be creative and think ‘outside of the box’
  • Strong negotiation skills
Job Reference: JUL20199191
Salary: Competitive
Category: Production
Contract: Permanent - Full Time
Closing Date: November 30, 2019

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Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems

Welcome to Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems, part of the Ultra Electronics Group, we are a UK-based solutions provider and systems integrator that operates in the Defence and Aerospace markets, where we deliver world-leading products, solutions and services to both national and international customers.

I really enjoy my work and it is rewarding to me that my job is important.

…I initially wanted to join the company because I liked the location. When I walked in the door I was greeted pleasantly. I had a good experience with Human Resources and I really like my supervisor. After I received an explanation of what the company does I felt it would be a really interesting business…

There are so many things I enjoy – the people, management, everybody is nice and helps other people. It is a great atmosphere. The workplace is also very clean. I really enjoy my work and it is rewarding to me that my job is important. I’m doing work for the army and I must do it right! It is special that they use what I make. I’m growing because everyday I learn something new. Anybody who wouldn’t want to work here is foolish. We have fun and that makes it good for everyone…

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UK UltraSelect Benefits

As a UK employee you are offered company paid life assurance and membership of a contributory pension scheme as part of UltraSelect, the Group's flexible benefits scheme. Each year Ultra offers a SAYE scheme for all employees. UltraSelect offers important benefits flexibility for all UK employees by giving you the opportunity to consider how you wish to receive your benefits package from the company.

Up to 4x life assurance pension
Private medical insurance
Dental plan
Health screening
AESOP (All Employee Share Ownership Plan)
Holiday flexibility
Retail vouchers
Childcare vouchers
Salary Sacrifice for Cars scheme