Senior Lead Shop Planner in Mobile, AL at Austal

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Mobile, AL

Job Description

REPORTS TO: Planning Manager

SUPERVISES: Shop Planners


  • Responsible for providing day-to-day direction and supervision of Shop Planners located both in the MMF and Final Assembly areas.
  • Provides liaison between Planning/Scheduling and Production/Project Management.
  • Responsible for ensuring Build Strategy is in alignment with Engineering Product, Plan and Schedule.
  • Review completed work packages for remaining material, determine if the work scope finished, and determine the need for the balance of material.
  • Review work packages that remain open when a module has finished its stage of construction to determine if the work should have finished or correct the plan.
  • Responsible for ensuring Production/Project Management feedback through the VCD and that all feedback is dispositioned.
  • Works closely with production supervisory personnel to coordinate daily activities and the flow of interim products and materials in a dynamic environment to ensure smooth and efficient construction in accordance with detailed plans and schedules.
  • Monitors manning requirements to meet required workload.
  • Provides internal department training for shop planners.
  • Complies with Austal’s employee handbook general guidelines, company procedures and policies.


  • Comprehensive knowledge in large ship construction and trade work scope required.
  • Minimum seven (7) years’ ship building experience to include at least six (6) years’ shipbuilding planning experience required.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Must be able to organize and run meetings with multi departmental personal.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Power Point and Word.
  • Fundamental knowledge of Earned Value Management System (EVMS)
  • Fundamental ability with Primavera (able to open project, create layouts, filter and print schedule info)
  • Experience with Government contracts preferred.
  • Experience with AutoCad, ShipConstructor, and Navisworks preferred.


Candidates must meet the following employment eligibility guidelines to be considered for employment with Austal USA:

  • 18 years of age or older at time of application
  • Able to provide proof of US Person Status
  • No felony convictions of Theft/Deception or Violent crimes within seven years from disposition date
  • No felony convictions of Drug crimes within three years from disposition date
  • Willing to submit to a drug screen
  • Willing to submit to a background check

TOOLS: Not Applicable



LIASES WITH: Planning department, Production and Project departments, Scheduling Department


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to humid conditions, strong smells, bright flashing lights, moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, outside weather conditions, extreme heat and cold conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed, while in production areas, to fumes and/or airborne particles at or below the PEL, toxic or caustic chemicals. While the noise level in the normal office work environment is moderate, it can be very loud in the production areas (+90 dB).

According to ADAAA, reasonable accommodations may be made on a case by case basis to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


Must comply with company, federal, state, and local safety and environmental rules and regulations while performing daily job tasks.

Equal Employment Commitment

Any qualified individual with a disability who is having difficulty in completing an application because of incompatible technology or other disability-related application issues may contact us at the following phone number for assistance: 251-445-1932.
Austal shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.  Austal’s commitment to equal employment opportunity applies at all levels of employment, in all job titles, including the executive level, and to all employment actions, including but not limited to decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion.