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Planner Associate/Planner

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Westminster, CO, US, 80021

Date:  Sep 19, 2023
Job Category:  Manufacturing/ Operations
Req. ID:  32331

Clearance Requirement:   A current, active Secret security clearance is required.


Ball Aerospace is powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus. We pioneer discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely.


At our core, we're passionate, committed people who believe together we can achieve extraordinary things. We work collaboratively with each other, our customers and partners to solve the world's greatest challenges. That means listening to one another, providing feedback and partnering across all levels. We value our inclusive culture where everyone is heard equally and creativity thrives. Each team member is fully invested in our mission and we bring an energy to work every day that propels our business and motivates us all to Go Beyond.®


For more information, visit Ball Aerospace Career Site or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


The Operations Strategic Capabilities Unit plays a fundamental role in enabling efficient business and program execution – from strategic capital investments, industrial operations and an efficient supply chain, to state-of-the-art manufacturing and test operations and top-notch facilities management.


Planner Associate/Planner


What You’ll Do:


  • Share production schedules to MCA to input schedule into IFS to drive material purchases.
  • Drop Shop Orders based on empty buffers through visual management on the floor and verification through WIP tracker.
  • Manage Kanban by reviewing Kanban tool. Update re-order point as necessary based on increase or decrease in rate of production as determined by the Operations Engineer.
  • Provide management with visibility of material shortages, backlogs, manage WIP variances and other potential schedule conflicts.
  • Plan and monitor material movement in production cycles to ensure continuous operations.
  • Confer with department supervisors to define progress of work to provide information on changes in processing methods received from methods or engineering departments.
  • Plan out Lead Times and Shop Orders for sub‐assemblies built internally and outsourced externally. Drop Shop Orders to maintain Kanban level for subassemblies.
  • Verify priorities through the Master Schedule and WIP Tracker. Update Shop Orders that are behind to put them the appropriate order in the Master Schedule for execution.
  • Provide customers with scheduling data, status to date and forecast completions.
  • Monitor the status of production jobs to determine if everything is being completed according to schedule. Provide input to Operations Engineer to drive completion on the floor.
  • Review material status to identify and report potential risks to management.
  • Work with cross functional teams to complete job orders on time.
  • Monitor execution of job orders and adjust schedules for timely delivery.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge on company objectives, production strategies and support activities.
  • Coordinate with Operations Engineer in resolving production planning and control issues.
  • Work with Operations Engineer to drop Shop Orders.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Capabilities Units and the Company. Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.

What You’ll Need: 


  • Planner Associate - High School diploma or equivalent plus 2 years or more related experience.
  • Planner - High School diploma or equivalent. plus 4 years or more related experience or a related 2-year technical degree and 2 years or more related experience.
  • Each higher-level related degree, i.e., Bachelor’s or Master’s, may substitute for two years of related experience. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.
  • A current, active Secret security clearance is required.
  • Manufacturing, materials, or operations experience in a business environment.


On-Site Work Environment: This position requires regular in-person engagement by working on-site five days each normally scheduled week in the primary work location. Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.


Working Conditions:


  • Ball Aerospace is a drug-free workplace, which is imperative to the health and safety of all employees and is required as a condition of receiving contracts from federal agencies. Please remember that regardless of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and other states, possession and use continues to be illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. This includes the use of some CBD products. A post-offer, pre-employment drug test is a condition of employment. 
  • Work is performed in an office environment, laboratory, cleanroom, or production floor. 


Verification that your current security clearance or government customer access meets the requirement for this position will be required.


Relocation for this position is availabl.


Compensation & Benefits:


  • HIRING SALARY RANGE FOR PLANNER ASSOCIATE: $19.47 - $25.96 per hour (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
  • HIRING SALARY RANGE FOR PLANNER: $23.08 - $30.29 per hour (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
  • This position includes a competitive benefits package. For details, copy and paste into your browser or visit our careers site.




Ball Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.


Nearest Major Market: Denver

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