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Material Scheduler

Posted 20 Jan 2024
Work experience
0 to 7 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required language
English (Fluent)

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GKN Aerospace is reimagining air travel: going further, faster and greener! Fuelled by great people whose expertise and creativity sets the standards in our industry, we’re inspired by the opportunities to innovate and break boundaries. We’re proud to play a part in protecting the world’s democracies. And we’re committed to putting sustainability at the centre of everything we do, opening up and protecting our planet. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 12 countries we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. There are no limits to where you can take your career.

Job Summary

“Together We Rise”
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. Based at our Luton manufacturing plant you’ll do just that. Established in 1993, GKN Aerospace in Luton is a world leader in commercial and military ice protection systems and transparencies. Offering a full range of capabilities; design, analysis, testing, certification and manufacture of electro-thermal ice protection, military fast jet canopies and flight deck windows to over 20 programmes including: Boeing 787, Dreamliner, Airbus A320, AgustaWestland, AW101, Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed, Martin F-22 Raptor. Our customers include Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopters, Textron, BAE Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Leonardo. Our Luton site is home to 400+ employees and onsite facilities including onsite parking, canteen, vending machines and showers. The Material Scheduler will be based at our Luton manufacturing site and sit within the wider Supply Chain team serving both our Defence and Civil business line, reporting to the Planning Manager. The Material Scheduler will manage the shop floor scheduling activities in the production area working closely with Group Leaders and Team Leaders and manage visual systems to communicate and monitor the sequence of production orders ensuring the availability of 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.

This is a full-time position and core operational hours at our Luton site are: 07:30 - 16:30 Monday to Thursday & 07:30 - 12:30 Friday.

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
  • Experience of using SAP or other ERP system


  • Aerospace industry experience
  • Experience of working to FIFO
  • Experience of Lean Manufacturing and continuous improvement

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:

  • Up to £26,000 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
  • Virtual GP Clinic for you and immediate family
  • Free onsite parking
  • Local gym discount
  • 50% off local travel card
  • Free airport Dart
  • Free airport parking
  • Enhanced family friendly leave
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment

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We’ll offer you fantastic challenges and amazing opportunities. This is your chance to be part of an organisation that has proven itself to be at the cutting edge of our industry; and is committed to pushing the boundaries even further. And with some of the best training on offer in the industry, who knows how far you can go?

A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working

Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN. We believe that we can only achieve our ambitions through a coming together of diverse minds who enjoy collaborating in an inspirational environment. 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’. 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.

We are the place where human dreams, plus human endeavour, shape the future of aerospace innovation and technology.

With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

1,000 employees