Director of Production Control in Mobile, AL at Austal

Job Snapshot

Employee Type:



Mobile, AL

Job Description

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. 

REPORTS TO: Vice President

SUPERVISES: Production Control, Planning and Scheduling Personnel


The Director of Production Control is responsible for Production Control and Materials Planning/Scheduling in a highly complex manufacturing organization consisting of maching centers, production lines, final assembly cells and follow up service to production made ships.

The successful candidate will have the ability to improve the effectiveness of the current planning, scheduling and work order flow systems leading to improved delivery performance and reduced costs.

This hands-on position requires dynamic leadership, excellent interpersonal skills, problem solving, critical thinking, as well as a compelling initiative to see Austal succeed.

  • Supervise, manage and train a team of over fifty (50) production control professionals.
  • Oversee the overall design, development, and communication of planning activities by executing planning.
  • Oversee capacity planning activities associated with the site production and financial forecasts.
  • Establish a valid Master Schedule that is connected with Manufacturing capacity constraints.
  • Develop, direct the execution of, and oversee the overall production planning activities for Austal maximizing on-time delivery, production utilization, material control, and inventory control
  • Develop long-range planning initiatives for the production control group, which includes continuously evaluating the manufacturing needs, capacities, capital, expenses, etc. to meet growth goals
  • Develop models to prepare production forecast, to measure actual performance against goals and to perform trend analysis for senior management reporting and proactive strategic planning
  • Plan, prepare, issue and control production schedules and coordinates with material requirements to ensure a controlled flow of approved materials timed to meet production requirements.
  • Advise management of the status of work in progress, material availability, and potential production problems to ensure that personnel, equipment, materials and services are provided as needed.
  • Schedule equipment and personnel, confirm material supply and demands, prepare work orders or purchase requests for the production or purchase of components or parts based on a master production schedule, shop load and inventory requirements.
  • Coordinates interdepartmental activity with quality assurance, manufacturing, purchasing, engineering, inventory control, traffic, etc.
  • Schedule and expedite the movement of parts by means of move orders, stock transfers and requests for shipping orders.
  • Responsible for the development of detailed build strategies in accordance with contract specifications and drawings.
  • Responsible for determining interim product definition and manufacturing flow to determine turn time and construction pace.
  • Responsible for the identification, sequencing, and budget distribution to construction activities in accordance with the build strategy.
  • Responsible for determining scheduling logic and duration of activities.
  • Responsible for the development and ongoing maintenance of all Project Schedules (IMS).
  • Responsible for the IMS compliance with the company EVMS system description.
  • Responsible for the creation and issue of production work packages at least 2 weeks ahead of baseline start that includes budget and material allocation.
  • Responsible for the development and maintenance of an integrated facility utilization plan.
  • Responsible for the development and continued updating of in-house Training Programs for Planners and Schedulers.
  • Responsible for determining installation dates for long lead time material to assist procurement of material.
  • Works with Austal Build Strategy Teams in reviewing the design for producibility improvements and cost savings.
  • Responsible for providing guidance for types of material used by construction phase.
  • Responsible for incorporating internal and external change (Drawing Mods and PCWs) into work packages and schedule.
  • Responsible for determining and managing departmental resources in support of all Programs.
  • Responsible to assist the program team by providing input into required reporting to the customer.
  • Overall responsibility for analyzing project critical path and working with Project Managers in determining methods of schedule recovery and cost reduction.
  • Will be dealing with confidential cost data and will be responsible to maintain confidentiality of information.


  • Thorough knowledge of large asset manufacturing with a minimum of 12 years’ experience in Planning/Scheduling.  Shipbuilding construction experience is highly preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years management experience of leading a Production Planning or Materials Management team.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience with the planning/scheduling of Government contracts
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred
  • Fluency and proficiency in the practical application of MRP logic, scheduling logic, order policies, capacity planning, input/output control, product structures, BOM’s and routings, and standards maintenance. Strong understanding of Project Management systems, specifically Primavera.
  • Experience in the development and implementation of build strategies.
  • Thorough background in Earned Value Management (EVMS).
  • Candidate must possess a thorough understanding of planning/scheduling principles, practices, and techniques to ensure the effective use of Project Management tools.
  • Must be a self-starter capable of working without frequent direction and supervision.
  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills.
  • Detail oriented and able to resolve most daily issues without specific supervisory direction.

TOOLS: Not Applicable

DIRECTION EXERCISED:  Full discretionary authority to assign work


LIASES WITH: Engineering department, Operations department, Production and Project departments, major sub-contractors, Supply Chain and the client as requested by the company.


  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DoD clearance may be required if deemed necessary in the scope of your position responsibilities.
  •   Candidates must meet the following employment eligibility guidelines to be considered for employment with Austal USA:
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • 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