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Senior Planner


Danbury, CT, US, 06810-8147

Job ID: 104779 


The Leonardo DRS Naval Power Systems business is a trusted provider of innovative naval gas and hybrid power systems, control technology and support solutions for the U.S. Navy and navies around the world.

Job Summary

Create the Master Production Schedule (MPS) based on production capacity, materials availability and contractual requirements. Obtain agreement from production, materials and program office before execution of the MPS. Interface with contracts, planning, master scheduling and production creates and maintain the Internal Operating Plan (IOP) . May lead lower-level planners by communicating work priorities; provide technical assistance; verify accuracy of work. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop complex analyses for the specific area of expertise
  • Understand business forecasts and pinpoint any areas of vulnerability of company requirements, making recommendations on how to proactively reduce risk
  • Lead procurement kick-off meetings with the procurement team defining the scope of the award and expectations on order placement
  • Evaluate the contract flow downs from the Contracts department and ensure the appropriate flow-downs are identified and passed on to Purchasing
  • Interact with Program Management on Program Cost issues and required details.
  • Measure Target Costs against Proposal Costs and work with Supply Chain Management on methods to meet targets
  • Consolidate requisitions to obtain leverage pricing
  • Review open requisitions weekly and meet with appropriate Supply Chain Manager on the progress of order placement
  • Review placement to requisition need date and length of time in purchasing
  • Advise planning, engineering and drafting of item master errors, updates, or omissions in relation to mil-specs or new or obsolete items
  • Advise planning, engineering and contracts of changes in prices or lead times that make and produce cost-prohibitive or lead times detrimental to production cycles
  • Be the communication interface between commodity buyers and their suppliers with the program teams
  • Attend weekly Program meetings and identify any “potential” issues that can be addressed early on
  • Expedite critical components to ensure on-time deliveries. Be prepared to address any current or potential parts issues
  • Look for creative ways to improve purchasing ability to make contributions to the company’s goals
  • Improve understanding of purchasing relationship to the over-all company plans and strategy
  • Represent Supply Chain during Customer Negotiations and Customer Program reviews; review and validate any bids; supply copies of POs/LOCs; prepare charts for Customer presentations
  • Support, communicate and defend the mission, values and culture of the company
  • Utilize Power Pivot, Power Query and Power BI to transform DataMart raw data into manageable information
  • May have accountability to perform cost and pricing analysis on a supplier’s proposal and audit the proposal of the supplier


  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, business, engineering or equivalent experience
  • A minimum of 8 years of demonstrated experience in high technology, aerospace or defense or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of supply chain management tools and procedures
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills, particularly “influence management” and “conflict resolution”
  • Experience with earned value cost accounting and reporting; experience with metrics for assessing and reporting program and/or commodity progress, productivity and variance analysis
  • Experience in finance, contracting, export regulations, engineering, logistics, manufacturing and DoD, ITAR, EAR, FAR, DFAR regulations
  • Strong customer interface skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Must have a successful track record in managing complex aerospace/defense supply chain activities
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Candidates must be a US citizen and meet DRS security standards as imposed by DoD, including the issuance of any necessary security clearance by the US government within a reasonable time after commencement of employment.

The health and safety of our employees and their families remains a top priority at Leonardo DRS, and we continue to take action to address the risk and uncertainty COVID variants pose in the workplace.  Subject to state-specific exemptions, newly hired employees are required to provide proof they are fully vaccinated prior to their start date, unless a medical or religious accommodation or an exemption pursuant to applicable state law is formally approved by Leonardo DRS prior to commencing employment. 

Leonardo DRS, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Our Mission

To build shareholder value through a commitment to high ethical standards and a superior performance culture focused on customers, employees, financial results and corporate citizenship.

Our Vision

To be the leading mid-tier defense technology company in the U.S.

Our Values

Our employees appreciate a culture of open honest communications, and fair and equitable treatment. We accomplish this through:

INTEGRITY. At Leonardo DRS ethics and accountability always comes first.

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE. We set high standards of performance for ourselves and others. We consistently deliver excellent products and services. We adhere to quality levels demanded by our customers. We assume responsibility and accountability to achieve excellence. We settle for nothing less.

CUSTOMER FOCUS. We go above and beyond to meet customer needs, and work to create long-term relationships with our customers.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION. We accept unconditionally the value that every individual has to offer. We embrace different points of view. We continually foster an environment that enables all employees to contribute to their full potential. We cooperate together as a diverse workforce serving a diverse population.

INNOVATION.  At Leonardo DRS, innovation is in our DNA. We have built this company through the innovative ideas of our employees and continue to foster an environment that rewards new ideas to help our government and military customers save lives, solve critical problems and modernize to ensure mission success for years to come.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. is committed 
to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued.  We are committed to building a workplace where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. At Leonardo DRS, we believe that a diverse and inclusive environment makes us a stronger Company. We embrace different points of view, respect one another in the workplace, and understand that an inclusive environment furthers creativity, innovation, and business performance. 

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