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Spirit AeroSystems Defense - Product Define & Change Planning Specialist 1 - Recent and Upcoming Graduates in Wichita, Kansas


Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. With headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit operates sites in the U.S., U.K., France and Malaysia. The company's core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components for the world's premier aircraft. Spirit AeroSystems focuses on affordable, innovative composite and aluminum manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe.

This position is for the Change Management Scheduling Team and the candidate will become the primary point of contact across multiple Defense platforms for the development and implementation of product configuration into integrated production schedules. This role will be part of the Defense Business Operations organization and report to the Defense CM/DM Manager. This role will be critical as we continue to grow our Defense business to ensure we have well planned and executable production schedules


*This position is intended for upcoming and recent college graduates

Location: Wichita, KS

Key Accountabilities:

  • Develops and guides project and configuration management activities necessary to incorporate new products or product changes, in accordance with contractual, customer, program, and regulatory requirements.

  • Has knowledge of the production system (e.g., supply, engineering, manufacturing, support, etc.), reviews and analyzes configuration data to control product changes, and negotiates between organizations to develop incorporation plans and integrated schedules.

  • Monitors and ensures compliance with the plans and schedules and reports on status. Interfaces with program management, product design, contracts, tooling, manufacturing engineering, quality assurance, component suppliers, assemblers, and product support, in order to develop and maintain configuration incorporation plans and integrated schedules via application of project & configuration management.

  • Apply knowledge of project management to develop and maintain plans and schedules which integrate all production activities (e.g., product definition, procurement, manufacturing, testing, delivering, support, etc.).

  • Ability to interpret technical work statements, manufacturing plans and program level plans.

  • Ability to monitor and analyze the incorporation plan and to resolve plan deviations with the value chain.



  • 0-2 years’ experience with Bachelor’s degree.

  • This role requires US Citizenship.

  • Must have or be able to obtain and maintain a DoD security clearance.

  • Successful candidates must be able to secure Program access approval.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Detail oriented.

  • Ability to perform schedule analysis.

  • Personable, great communication skills.

  • Adapts well to change.

  • Microsoft Office proficiency.

  • Knowledge of and experience in SAP/Enterprise Resource Planning a plus.

  • An active DoD clearance (Secret or above).

    Spirit AeroSystems is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

    Kansas Tax Credit: Join Spirit AeroSystems’ Kansas team and you may be eligible for a $5,000 state of Kansas Aviation tax credit for up to five years. Click here for more information on the tax credit.

Job LocationsUS-KS-Wichita

Requisition ID 2022-9640

Posted Date 6 months ago (9/27/2022 5:02 PM)

Category Engineering