Date posted: 02 Dec 2021

Securing success in some of the world’s most demanding environments isn’t just down to Chelton’s failsafe, pioneering technology. From aerospace and defence communications through to navigation and electronic warfare, it’s all driven by the people behind it.

Aerospace and defence equipment wouldn’t be able to operate if it wasn’t for avionic manufacturers like Chelton. We pride ourselves on working with customers and being attuned to industry trends to expand the possibilities of aerospace and defence and give our customers a helping hand in achieving mission success. Working in challenging environments, producing failsafe technology with smart thinking – it’s just what we do. But we couldn’t do it without the Chelton A-team.

As a Production Planner, you will be own the schedule for our Avionics or Antenna Business Units. A solid understanding of billing materials and routings to identify lead times is required, so the ideal candidate will be naturally inquisitive, having the ability to interrogate data, question and act upon it. 

This role will be based at our headquarters in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

Key Responsibilities

  • Integrate forecast, balance budget and backlog and monitor the supply plan for factory capacities
  • Produce a master production schedule to control internal production and external supply chain
  • Define and implement balanced production plans and provide analysis on orders
  • Conduct rough cut capacity planning.
  • Conduct available to promise analysis and establish scheduled ship dates on all customer orders.
  • Conduct recovery plans, support new product introductions, balance inventory and demand requirements
  • Review customer commitments and performance metrics
  • Own the master production schedule and MRP data
  • Track production to schedule to ensure meeting committed delivery dates.
  • Support efforts in job variance analysis to ensure BOM (Bill of Materials) accuracy.
  • Conduct material availability analysis for proposed schedule changes
  • Develop processes, reports and team to deliver planning vision of future state
  • Attend drawing release and Engineering Change Reviews to enable material impact assessments , stock impacts, availability dates.
  • Take a leading role in Make vs Buy decisions.

Person Specification

  • Significant experience working as a planner, scheduler, production control, or buyer within a manufacturing environment 
  • Prior master scheduling experience 
  • Ability to co-ordinate activity, make effective plans, execute, monitor and follow through
  • Understanding of MRP (Material Requirements Planning)
  • Able to work to financial and time sensitive constraints
  • Knowledge of manufacturing planning, master production scheduling, product definition, inventory control, materials requirements planning, capacity requirements


  • Competitive salary 25 days holiday, plus bank holidays, with the opportunity to buy and sell leave
  • Bonus
  • Private medical insurance
  • Flexible benefits scheme
  • Pension contribution matched up to 8%
  • Employee Assistance Programme 

No two days are ever the same at Chelton, you’ll constantly be faced with new challenges to overcome. From the very beginning, you will be able to take full ownership and accountability to see products through to success. After all, where would we be if it wasn’t for the people behind the products?

If you’re looking to leave your mark on the world, why not choose the exhilarating world of aerospace and defence and better yet, join Chelton for your chance to innovate, create and excite.