Supply Chain Planner - Tempe, AZ

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Job description

Bigger challenges. Bolder ideas. Global impact. At Viasat, we’re on a mission to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. We’re the company behind the world’s fastest satellite internet service, with technology that’s helping to bridge the digital divide and improve life for our customers around the globe. By providing powerful new ways for people to connect with one another, gain greater access to education, entertainment, medical research, commerce, and much more, our team is empowering millions of customers worldwide. 

We’re growing rapidly and looking for passionate, innovative professionals to join our team and connect the world to more. You’ll work in a collaborative and inclusive environment that values diverse perspectives and continuous learning, and provides industry-leading benefits with unmatched opportunities for career growth. Our team is fearless in pursuit of new ideas and uncompromising in our quest to become the world’s first truly global Internet Service Provider. Interested in joining our mission? Take a look at career opportunities at Viasat today.

As a Supply Chain Planner, you will coordinate and communicate the full spectrum of the Materials Plan in an engineering and development manufacturing environment.  This role is chartered with end-to-end demand/supply management for their assigned programs/projects.  This person will be the single point of contact from a scheduling and supply continuity communication perspective, with the role’s main customers being internal engineering and program managers.  This role will also interface closely with the Procurement and Strategic Sourcing Teams as materials suppliers and vendors are selected and on-boarded.  Success in this role is having complete knowledge of, and direct influence upon, the materials schedule against the program deadlines with intimate knowledge of on-hand and in-bound inventory with supply gaps and associated closure actions quickly identified.  As needed, this role will also support the MPS (Master Production Schedule) process as it relates to coordination of materials to support internal and external Build Plans.  As with any NPI program, plans and assumptions will change ‘on the fly’, requiring flexibility, creative problem solving, and a “can do” attitude.

Ideal candidates will be able to operate effectively in an ambiguous environment where we have a mix of R&D and steady-state production programs running in parallel.

Job Responsibilities

  • Understand and evaluate all aspects of BOM, MRP, & MPS in support of precise Demand Planning activities for smooth execution through the supply chain.
  • Interface daily with factory production control, engineering, program management, and procurement to determine and resolve materials needs, changes, and gaps.
  • Expedite, de-expedite and re-plan to meet changing requirements of raw stock, manufactured sub-assemblies, purchased parts, and outside services to satisfy customer needs and minimize inventory risk.
  • Remain knowledgeable of the capacities and capabilities of internal and external manufacturing sites.
  • Work closely with engineering and program management teams to understand manufacturing and material related aspects of the builds.
  • Continual review & reconciliation of bills of materials, item attributes, material routings to ensure demand and supply accuracy and efficiency.
  • Work with purchasing to improve performance of vendors.


  • 3+ years’ experience in Supply Chain Management roles within an engineering and manufacturing environment
  • Strong Knowledge, understanding and practice of MRP principles.
  • Experience in ERP systems, Oracle preferred.
  • Continuous Improvement and Process Implementation experience (DMAIC, Lean Mfg, Kaizen)
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of requirements planning/inventory management techniques including Just In Time, MRP, and KANBAN in support of make to stock and engineer to order manufacturing processes.
  • Possess a working knowledge of manufacturing principles, particularly in heavy NPI/Development and pre-production environments
  • Strong influence skills – experience working in a matrix organization
  • Experienced in Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for management reporting and presentation.
  • Bachelor's degree, quantitative majors preferred.
  • US government position.  US Citizenship required.


  • Specific experience planning within R&D environments
  • Strong teamwork skills required to work effectively in a team environment and establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external supply chain partners.
  • High degree of initiative and ownership, attention to detail, and the discipline to follow through on assigned tasks.
  • Ability to develop solutions to a variety of problems of large to very large scope and complexity, often creating or revising company or departmental policies in the process
  • Ability to work well with, and in many cases lead others in a cross-functional team environment.
  • Experience developing advanced planning and analysis tools using Excel, Tableau, etc.

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Additional requirements

Minimum education:

BA/BS or equivalent experience

Years of experience:

3-5 years


Up to 10%


US Citizenship Required



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