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Trainee Operations Planner

Trainee Operations Planner



MacTaggart Scott are looking to recruit a Trainee Operations Planners to work in our Production Planning Department.



This role reports directly into the Production Planning Manager. The purpose of the role is to provide overall support to the production planning team and take an active role in learning and contribute to improving the existing process.


Duties will include:

  •  Responsible for producing valid operating plans for the shop floor on a weekly basis by balancing available capacity with loads predicted by IFS & Rough Cut.
  • Communicate the weekly work centre load to the shop floor supervisors & team leaders in the form of detailed work centre schedules.
  • Provide guidance to shop floor supervisors and team leaders in how best to organize resources to achieve the plan.
  • Ensuring that each scheduled operation meets the required due date according to the higher-level schedules demanded by project activities and customer orders.
  • Determine the status of assigned project activities, expedite operations and materials that delay schedule and alter the schedules to meet unforeseen activities.
  • Focus on achieving Invoice Milestones
  • Kitting on Time
  • Take action to ensure that all scheduled work is prepared for release to production complete and on time – expedite all material shortages in advance.


Essential skills, experience and knowledge requirements:


The successful candidate must.

  • Must have good communication skills in order to convey plans etc.
  • Must have the ability to work on your own and as part of a team.
  • Must have a methodical and organized work ethic and be able to plan ahead and prioritize work.
  • Must be able to set and meet targets.
  • Must be able to work to a weekly deadline.
  • Willingness to embrace ongoing learning and personal development.
  • Enthusiastic with a positive attitude
  • Solution based thinker.
  • Commitment to excellence
  • IT literate with a good understanding of Microsoft Office packages and the confidence to learn new IT systems.
  • Must be able to set and meet targets.
  • HNC (or equivalent) in Engineering or Complete an Engineering apprenticeship.


Your future at MacTaggart Scott – What we offer you.

  • Comprehensive training will be provided to carry out the role
  • As part of our Healthy Work-Life Balance employees can choose between a 4- or 5-day working week. Allowing you to fit work around your priorities and personal life, not the other way round.
  • Flexible working hours between 07:00 and 19:00, and core hours of 09:30 – 15:30.
  • Our leave policy brings together leave entitlements which include annual leave, paid parental leave, military reservist leave, plus more.
  • We will provide you with a supportive and engaging environment where you can grow your career, with a dedicated Learning and Development team.
  • Reward and Recognition Scheme and access to Perkbox which offers a host of discounts.
  • At MacTaggart Scott, your health and safety is one of our top priorities, and our onsite H&S team take a rigorous approach in managing risks and protecting you. Our H&S committee meets regularly to carry out their own checks and discuss what MTS can do to improve our standards.
  • A generous referral programme.
  • Your wellbeing is supported through our online wellbeing program and committee, as well as our Employee Assistance Programme, and an onsite nurse.
  • Onsite Canteen and Car Park

About us

MacTaggart Scott primarily supports the Naval Defence industry, providing complete solutions to customer needs from analysis of initial customer requirements, to design and manufacture, and right through to commissioning and through life support. Established in 1898, we are proud of our history and tradition, but believe that sustainable competitive advantage can only be achieved through continuous improvement, investment, and a commitment to business excellence at every level within the company.


The successful candidate must hold or be able to meet the appropriate Security Clearance as required.