L3 Technologies Materials Planner in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Materials Planner



L3 Aviation Products

About L3 Technologies

L3 Technologies is a prime contractor in Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C3ISR) systems market and a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on both military and commercial platforms.

Our customers include the U.S. Department of Defense and its prime contractors, U.S. Government intelligence agencies, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, allied foreign governments, domestic and foreign commercial customers and select other U.S. federal, state and local government agencies.

L3 Technologies employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide with reported 2016 sales of $10.5 billion

About L3 Aviation Products Division

L3 Aviation Products Division is a provider of general aviation, commercial and military avionics. L3 Aviation Products manufactures a diverse line of safety-and efficiency-enhancing products for next generation requirements, including transponders, ADS-b systems, configurable voice and data recorders, collision avoidance systems, navigation products, display systems and processors.

L3 Aviation Products also offers aftermarket services, including MRO and integrated performance-based logistics for military and commercial systems. Primary business unit sites are Alpharetta, GA; Grand Rapids, MI; and Sarasota, FL. This position is based in Grand Rapids, MI.

L3 Aviation Products, Grand Rapids, MI

Located on 52nd Street SE, the L3 Aviation Products Grand Rapids operation is in proximity to outdoor activities, lakes, and acres of spectacular parkland and amazing shopping!

The Grand Rapids operation is a manufacturing and production business within L3 Technologies and a leading provider of general and business aviation cockpit avionic systems and standbys with unsurpassed performance, quality and customer support. Notable of our systems is the Lynx® NGT-9000 ADS-B and transponder.

We are deeply experienced problem-solvers renowned for state-of-the-art solutions that deliver leading capabilities, reliability, and performance that enable and enhance the flying experience.

The Role

You will work with leading edge technologies and alongside some of the brightest colleagues in the industry to coordinate activities involved with procuring goods and services for the organization by performing the following duties.

Master Schedules MRP and plans shop work order schedules for the manufacture of products. The individual in this position has the responsibility and the authority to carry out assigned tasks.


  • Develop, evaluate, and improve manufacturing master scheduling and planning methods utilizing Lean Manufacturing concepts and initiatives. Operational objectives are reduced mfg cycle times, continuous flow and finite resource allocation (fixed batch size), near-zero WIP $$ and near-zero FGI $$ at month end. Works to improve team processes in support of the lean initiative.

  • Interface with sales and marketing to manage Sales Order acceptance, forecast demand and next available delivery schedules for contract administration.

  • Initialize the MRP system for new release product (deck the product) by setting mfg lead time, make or buy, order size, and other appropriate parameters required by the MRP program.

  • Utilize the MRP system to communicate the voice of the customer, via marketing forecast and firm sales, to chart the coarse for product demand into the near and long term future. Transact the forecast demand to planned work orders, as appropriate, to position material demand to the beginning of each month.

  • Transition near term (inside 30 days) MRP requirements into the production team build schedule, using a Demand-Pull system approach, in order to synchronize the work groups for minimum manufacturing cycle time. Adjust or create work orders as necessary to balance firm sales and unsold forecast. Relieve forecast as daily sales are accepted.

  • Integrate the functions of master scheduling, engineered work flow, and resource availability to plan the shop build schedule with the work cell design parameters for each family of product. These parameters are designed with the cooperation of operations Engineering and Supervision to specify the resource requirements to produce a specific batch size work order, and to provide sufficient data to the planner to determine rules for job release. The resultant daily shop build calendar is posted to the work cell.

  • Monitor daily sales and forecast changes, and manage the demand for product.

  • Keeps in balance the order release dates for management of $$WIP and $$FGI levels at month end. Provide periodic analysis of excess material in Raw, WIP and FGI and recommend write off plan.

  • Participate in team improvement and Kaizen events to provide planning insight into the discussions.

  • Support 5-S, Visual Systems communications, and other Lean Mfg methods implemented across the team, with a key focus on cycle time reduction.

  • Keep in balance the release of work orders for finite resource utilization of people, machines, and time in support of the work cell designs.

  • Use JIT standard and customized schedule reports to manage shop work order release, completion, and inventory usage. Performance metrics at month end include work order percent completion (or a WIP $$ metric), percent on-time delivery of product to customer ship dates.

  • Provide planning parameters to the purchasing group for material delivery requirements, last time buys, and new product introduction schedules.

  • Prepare work-around plans for surge capacity or expedited delivery demand.

  • Maintain personal skills necessary to properly assess schedule performance and JIT related transaction issues. May analyze and resolve forecast, MRP and JIT related problems, or assist supervisors in resolving work order related problems. Represents manufacturing in product analysis situations, such as warranty support and last time buy investigations.

  • Act to maintain the discipline to process batch size and release rates expected of the manufacturing processes set in place for each product. Works in concert with the Operations Engineer to understand the process methods.

  • Perform sustaining planning and bill of material (BOM) activities on assigned products, in concert with product design sustaining engineering activities. Review, support approval and implement engineering change notice (ECN) activity as required. The planner is responsibility for configuration control of work order kits, work in process, and finished assemblies.

  • Responsible for performing job duties in a manner consistent with established L-3 Ethics Standards.

  • Responsible for working in a manner consistent with established safety rules and regulations and the use and maintenance of required personal protective equipment; including, but not limited to safety glasses, etc.

  • Performs job duties in accordance with approved procedures established in support of Sarbanes-Oxley regulations.


Skills and Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree and ten (10) yearsmanufacturing scheduling experience;

  • Strong working knowledge of lean manufacturing concepts and practices;

  • Conversant in the operations ISO procedures and systems and capable of maintaining and evolving such procedures and systems as needed in a continuous improvement environment .

More About L3 Aviation Products Division

Growth. Operational excellence. Talent and teamwork. The highest ethical standards.

These pillars define L3 Aviation Products and our legacy of advanced next-generation avionics solutions ( Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems), Cockpit and Data Recorders, Standby Systems for general aviation, and Advanced Display Systems and Global Support Services for several markets (general and business aviation, commercial and military aircraft, and helicopters).

Our years of experience and comprehensive product significantly benefit our customers. We draw on these collective strengths and approach every need from multiple perspectives and with an array of solutions.

With every product and service, we provide, L3 Aviation Products customers can expect a single-minded commitment to the right solutions, delivering unsurpassed quality, value and reliability.

L3’s proudest accomplishment has been earning the industry’s trust, and we work without compromise to be worthy of the trust each day.

L3 is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We encourage minorities, women, veterans and disabled individuals to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer – minorities / females / veterans / individuals with disabilities / sexual orientation / gender identity. L3 maintains a drug free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks.

Job Procurement

Primary Location USA-Michigan-Grand Rapids

US Security Clearance Required: None

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day - 1st

Travel: No

Organization: Division - Avionics Systems-20000029

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Job Posting: Oct 4, 2018, 9:55:01 AM

Req ID: 102424