Manager, Demand Planning - Gogo Commercial Aviation

Req ID:  33667
Travel:  Less than 10%

Chicago, IL, US, 60606

Education:  Four-year college degree
Experience:  At least 10 years of experience required
Equivalency:  Combination of education/experience not considered


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including Vets and Disabled



Your role in helping us shape the future:

Intelsat Inflight has the best solutions for commercial airlines in the IFC industry.  These dynamic solutions have taken internet in the air from base connectivity to broadband streaming in under 10 years; truly changing the way people fly.


It takes very complex hardware to make the magic happen, and as our product installs on more and more aircraft and technologies moving forward we need to make sure we have the right people in the right roles to plan for materials purchases, shipments, and obsolescence.


To ensure we have the right parts in the right place at the right time, we need a dynamic thinker that can evaluate problems with multiple variables.  Critical thinking, modeling, and working cross functionally with our Product, PMO, and Industrialization teams.  When new products launch, this is the role that will model the supply plan.  When parts get old, this role is key to making sure that we keep working parts on active aircraft, otherwise, there is no revenue!


Are you up to the challenge?

  • Create part specific supply chain plans for new part introduction, obsolescence, or reliability improvement
  • Create detailed multi-year forecasts for inventory purchases and repair plans to ensure part availability while minimizing cash spend
  • Create vendor specific forecasts for the procurement team to support vendor negotiations for price, capacity, and other key contract terms
  • Lead the MRP process to give clear signals to purchasing and procurement teams
  • Manage the continuous improvement of our MRP tool so that it can handle the complexities related to FAA regulations around part numbering, software and hardware revision
  • Lead the review of older technology to determine appropriate supply levels and work closely with Accounting to determine and Excess and Obsolescence impacts
  • Provide clear signals to our Customer Operations and Master Production Scheduling teams so the right parts are used for the right purpose
  • Create inventory plans for Intelsat warehouses and airline locations to manage spend and availability


Can you drive these processes?

  • Running the MRP tool on a standard cadence, analyzing the output to identify exceptions
  • Prepare monthly material forecast updates for procurement and finance to keep cross-functional teams informed
  • Prioritize which materials are used and repaired to comply with established budget levels
  • Prepare deep analysis of part availability forecasts to identify opportunities for cost savings
  • Manage complex set of rules around which parts can go on specific aircraft working with our Engineering teams
  • Create monthly metrics package for your work responsibilities, identifying necessary actions to resolve issues



You should definitely have:

  • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain, Finance or related field
  • 3-5 years of experience in a demand planning or materials planning supply chain role
  • Excel Modeling skills
  • Experience with ERP systems
  • Experience presenting complex problems or recommendations to senior audiences
  • High level of initiative and accountability


It would be nice if you had:

  • Experience with MRP tools
  • Experience with Navision or Dynamics 365 Business Central
  • Experience in the airline industry


What it’s like to work with us:

Intelsat is connecting the world and transforming the satellite landscape by reaching beyond the traditional satellite industry. We are defining new products that will open new, profitable markets. To help us reach this goal, you should be a bold thinker who will perform a key role in shaping Intelsat innovation for years to come.

•           We emphasize personal and professional growth

•           Awesome benefits including PTO, medical, tuition reimbursement, and training

•           Fun, diverse, and inclusive culture

About Us:

We’re Intelsat Inflight, the inflight internet company. We believe the internet should do everything it does on the ground, in the sky. Our worldwide inflight Wi-Fi services have made internet and video entertainment a regular part of flying. We are a diverse and mission-minded group of professionals all working together in extraordinary harmony. We connect the aviation industry and air travelers with innovative technology and applications, and we do it all in a high-energy environment that welcomes the next challenge. Be prepared to join a performance-obsessed team that is passionate about bringing the internet to every device, every flight, everywhere.


Other Job Info:

•           This role is key to satisfying our customer’s needs.  Airlines invest significant capital to put our equipment on their aircraft and it is very expensive for them to schedule ground time for our installation.  That means we must perform at a high level, but the team you are joining has been doing that for years.  You will manage our supply position that ensures materials are available for every install and every maintenance event.  In some ways we are a custom shop and others we manage a standard set of parts which creates unique problems to solve.  This is a challenging role and meant for someone that likes a diverse set of responsibilities.  A self-starter that loves working through unique problems and preparing clear recommendations is perfect for this role.


  • These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job.  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees assigned to this job.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago