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Saab Global
Installation in HQ

Manufacturing Engineer, Planning

West Lafayette, Indiana, United States of America
Closing date: 30 January 2024

Job Description:

At Saab in West Lafayette, Indiana, you have the opportunity to join a team that will manufacture the rear section of the T-7A Red Hawk military trainer aircraft for the United States Air Force. When at full capacity, Saab will employ over 250 employees in the West Lafayette facility in management, administration, and manufacturing. Our facility utilizes advanced manufacturing techniques and leverages research and development to support Saab’s broad product portfolio.

As Saab expands the operation in West Lafayette, IN, we are seeking Manufacturing Planners who are interested in further developing knowledge in manufacturing technology. The Manufacturing Planner function will be responsible for all the manufacturing planning detail for assembly and installation, from development to maintenance of plans.

The Manufacturing Planners will be an integral link between the engineering design team in Sweden and the new production team in West Lafayette.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Review and maintain work instructions and bills of materials to specify assembly processes

  • Provide manufacturability analysis related to new or changed processes

  • Investigate and resolve manufacturing process issues

  • Author process plans for new processes using internally approved manufacturing processes and requirements

  • Process work instruction and sequence changes for release

  • Contribute to continuous improvement for efficient production

  • Contribute to a people-first culture in support of Company core values: Trust, Drive, Expertise and Support

  • Other project tasks as assigned

Compensation Range: $79,500 - $89,300

    The compensation range provided is a general guideline. When extending an offer, Saab, Inc. considers factors including (but not limited to) the role and associated responsibilities, location, and market and business considerations, as well as the candidate's work experience, key skills, and education/training.

    Skills and Experience:

    • Bachelor's degree in STEM or minimum 5 years comparable experience in related field

    • Strong understanding of aerostructure assembly manufacturing preferred

    • 2+ years of model-based definition experience

    • 2+ years of manufacturing planning experience, preferably in Delmia

    • Driven, innovative and demonstrates strong initiative

    • Excellent communication and analytical skills

    • Ability to work well independently, as well as collaboratively, in a team setting

    • Must be able to travel internationally.

    Citizenship Requirements:

    Must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident (green card holder), or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

    Drug-Free Workplaces:

    Saab is a federal government contractor and adheres to policies and programs necessary for sustaining drug-free workplaces. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen.


    Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

    • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

    • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, parental leave, personal illness, bereavement, jury duty, long-term and short-term disability

    • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

    • Tuition assistance

    • Student loan assistance

    • Wellness account, subscription and employee assistance programs

    • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

    About Us:

    Saab is a leading defense and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 19,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. In the U.S., Saab delivers advanced technology and systems, supporting the U.S. Armed Forces and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as international and commercial partners. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, the company has business units and local employees in eight U.S. locations.

    Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.