Production Planner

Program Management Mojave, California


Position Summary   
Stratolaunch is a technology accelerator that engineers operationally realistic testing at Mach 5+. Our air-launched, Talon testbeds are reusable, cost-effective platforms that enable routine access to the hypersonic environment. We deliver flight data critical to validating system performance and achieving rapid technology deployment. Together with our customers, we drive innovations that are imperative to advancing national security.   
Stratolaunch is developing hypersonic vehicles to support various Department of Defense and commercial applications. Stratolaunch seeks a Production Planner with 3-years of experience to help with schedule, financial, and subcontract management of the Talon Launch System. The ideal candidate will have a foundation in project management and project control methodologies common to the aerospace industry.    
As the Production Planner, you will work with the Program Management Office and will contribute to management of the Stratolaunch projects through development and tracking of resource-loaded schedules.  You are responsible for working with all aspects of the associated projects, including planning various aspects of the design, development, manufacture, and testing phases. You will coordinate with manufacturing, engineering, and procurement to ensure all information, tools, resources, and materials are in place in order to meet the program schedule. You will also assist with the development and maintenance of program cost forecasts and help develop scenarios based on schedule updates.  You will analyze spending, track material delivery dates, help forecast future headcount, and contribute to risk analysis to develop mitigations for variances.  You will work with the Stratolaunch finance department and other program management within the Talon Launch System, and participate in periodic status reviews, as needed.    
Essential duties and responsibilities   
  • Plans and determines the most efficient method of achieving program objectives within the framework of technical capabilities.
  • Track and monitor purchased material for assigned projects.
  • Identify critical parts and critical path assemblies to the scheduled delivery dates.
  • Execute planning and control processes through manufacturing and test to ensure timely delivery of equipment to customer.
  • Coordinate and expedite flow of materials, parts, and assemblies between departments.
  • Perform complex expediting and record keeping functions with current information on the location and progress of manufactured parts and assemblies.
  • Release kits to production floor with proper travelers, operation sheets and documentation.
  • Host meetings on status of programs regarding schedule with PM, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Quality.
  • Report and resolve any problems or difficulties impacting the on-time delivery of jobs.
  • Compile and maintain manual or computerized records such as material inventory, in process production reports and status and location of materials.
  • Maintain a positive work environment by professional and courteous conduct and communications with others, including supervisors, co-workers, clients, and vendors.
  • Assist with procurement of equipment, parts, supplies as needed.
  • Analyze data and draw conclusions to make recommendations and prepare/present reports to Program Manager and other stakeholders.
  • Provide technical assistance support to projects as defined by the Program Manager.
  • Provide project direction to internal staff and third party resources.
  • Responsible for generating, interpreting, and presenting various assigned reports.
  • Ensure technical documentation is properly reviewed and maintained and made available in a timely manner.
  • Measure, track progress and coordinate implementation of the improvement plan.
  • Serve as liaison for projects across internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement methods and tools by which to organize, standardize, and manage production activities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, one or more of these disciplines:   project management, finance, accounting, operations management, subcontracts and procurement, personnel management, aircraft/launch vehicle development or aircraft/launch vehicle operations
  • Strong organizational skills an ability to manage large amounts of data compiled from multiple sources
  • Ability to develop and analyze data, and present findings to management
  • Strong analytical problem-solving skills and ability to implement sound critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to operate in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Experience with program financial analysis, including variance analysis and developing forecasts
  • Experience and understanding of various tools and techniques associated with cost/schedule management to include Earned Value Management tools and processes
  • Experience with program risk management processes
  • Experience with aircraft and/or launch vehicle integration
  • Experience with prototype manufacturing or low-rate production
  • Experience with government agencies
  • Experience with classified programs and working in a classified environment
Required computer skills   
  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • MS Project
  • Project management tools
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Science (BS) or higher in a Business Management/Business Administration and/or Engineering discipline from an accredited institution and 3-plus years of relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience
Special remarks regarding work environment   
  • Travel estimated to be approximately 5%
  • Position is based in Mojave, CA
Benefits and our location:   
  • Level I: $51,500 - $75,000
  • Level II: $58,000 - $94,000
  • Relocation eligible to local area – Mojave, CA
  • 9/80 schedule
  • Healthcare (medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs)
  • Paid Maternity and Parental Leave up to 16 weeks
  • 50% company match per contributed dollar into 401(k) savings plan, up to the IRS annual limit
  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education
Mojave Air & Spaceport is located 95 miles north of Los Angeles. To outsiders it may seem like it is the middle-of-nowhere, but it offers both affordability and central access to a variety of California’s best attractions and landmarks. Hikers will find themselves within a 2-3 hours distance of some of the best state and national parks, including Yosemite and Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Skiers will delight in being closely distanced to world-class resorts at Mammoth Mountain, Mountain High, and Big Bear. Beachgoers can find plenty of sand, sun, and sunsets at both Southern and Central California beaches like Ventura, Huntington, Santa Monica, and Pismo. The area also offers plenty of rural area for off-roading and horseback riding enthusiasts.   
Not much for the outdoors and prefer the city life? You’re within a half day’s drive or less of Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco where you can find a variety of live entertainment, museums, tours, and historical sight-seeing. Theme parks are in abundance, with Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland, and Knotts Berry Farm ready to meet the needs of rollercoaster thrill seekers.    
Food and drink fanatics are in a haven of delectable choices. Wine aficionados will also find easy access to some of the state’s best vino in Paso Robles, Santa Ynez, and even more locally in Tehachapi and Agua Dulce. Beer fanatics will find some of the best West Coast IPAs at Bravery and Lucky Luke’s in Lancaster. Any food option you crave is covered, and we always recommend the authentic and fresh Mexican food that you won’t find anywhere else in the United States.   
Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.
Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.  Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.   

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