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About the Position

Job Title
Production Planner


Reports to
Procurement Manager



FIRST RF is looking for a talented and enthusiastic Production Planner with outstanding communication and organizational skills to join our team. As an important member of your Project team(s), you will represent the interests of FIRST RF and the customer, and work on a variety of R&D and Production contracts. Production ranges in size from quick-response projects to large production orders with thousands of units.  This role stands at the intersection of FIRST RF engineering, leadership, and the supply base.  The role brings many skills to bear to ensure technical excellence, financial responsibility, and customer satisfaction.

What You Can Expect

Essential Functions

  • Prepares, issues and controls purchase requisitions and coordinates with material requirements to ensure a controlled flow of approved materials timed to meet production requirements
  • Facilitates communication among production, engineering, quality, management, suppliers and customers
  • Advises management of the status of work in progress, material availability, and potential production problems to ensure that personnel, equipment, materials and services are provided as needed
  • Confirms material supply and demands, prepares purchase requests for the production or purchase of components or parts based on a production schedule, shop load and inventory requirements
  • Coordinates interdepartmental activity with product assurance, manufacturing, purchasing, engineering, and inventory control, and schedules and expedites the movement of parts
  • Collaborate with all teams to ensure that project goals and deliverables meet FIRST RF quality standards
  • Identify, track, manage, and resolve project issues
  • Maintain an in-depth understanding of the projects and related contractual, technical, and quality documentation
  • Support proposal and pricing efforts
  • Manage material logistics and vendor relations
  • Support purchasing lifecycle through coordination with Accounting, Receiving and Program Management
  • Support process improvement

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers and photocopiers.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week.  Typical office hours include Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm, however these hours will vary based on workload and the manager’s discretion.  This job may require more than 40 hours of work per week as the need arises.


No travel is expected for this position.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Required Education and Experience

  • U.S. Citizenship required due to contract regulations
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience required; preferably working for, and in support of high-tech department of defense manufacturing programs
  • Proficient user in MS Office suite; specifically, Excel
  • Ability to prepare reports, worksheets, charts, schedules, and other data as necessary.  ERP/MRP system experience helpful
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and the ability to interact with all levels of the organization
  • Strong ability to work well within a team environment and a willingness to learn from others
  • Ability to identify technical, cost, and schedule risks/opportunities and engage technical support appropriately
  • A capacity to thrive in a self-motivated environment with few boundaries and at-times conflicting priorities
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills and a detail-oriented problem-solving approach
  • A desire to find, explore, and solve new and challenging problems

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume to


FIRST RF is a fast-growing, multi-discipline, privately owned small business focused on engineering and manufacturing of advanced technologies - specifically in antennas and radio frequency (RF) systems. We are an energetic team empowered with world-class facilities and resources. We promote a culture which prioritizes innovation and responsiveness.  By making bold investments in the development of groundbreaking technologies, FIRST RF has fielded award-winning products ranging from revolutionary passive antennas to highly complex, active antenna systems.

We offer all employees four weeks of PTO each year, flexible scheduling, tuition reimbursement, up to 4% 401k match, and 100% employer-paid healthcare, dental and vision plans.

AAP/EEO Statement

FIRST RF is an equal employment opportunity employer.