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Director Supply Planning & Optimization

Schaumburg, IL 60195

Post Date: 07/31/2018 Job ID: 2080 Job Category: Clinical: Supplies/ Logistics

Leading and managing operational excellence / optimization projects in conjunction with the internal/external supply chain partners, regulatory and quality teams.  The position manages continuity of supply by optimizing business processes and driving the CMO manufacturing and batch release schedule.  The primary focus is to make sure initiatives are managed appropriately to avoid interruption of supply and operational processes are efficient, scalable and responsive to workflow surges throughout the product lifecycle.

Responsibility and success for this role would be measured by: 
  • Responsible for communication and management of the Supply Plan.
  • Leads the SMART [Schedule, Make, Assess, Release Team] process for product batch release
  • Monitors and recommends actions to improve order fulfillment rates and prevents and/or reduces backorders.
  • Generate and monitory Key Performance Indicator metrics for the GAM and SCM organization.  
  • Improve service levels within operations for the benefit of internal and external customers.
  • Co-Lead the Executive Supply Update communications. 
  • Schedules and leads the bilateral cross functional planning process.
  • Generates supply models to evaluate business decisions and risks.
  • Maintains and manages the central roll up of the supply plan and updates it quarterly, or at each change in commercial demand forecast.
  • Other duties as assigned.  

  • Operational Excellence / Optimization– Manage and improve internal processes and workflows between quality, regulatory, GAM and SCM – including third party logistics
  • GAM and Supply Chain Analytics – Leverage internal/external systems to align workflows and achieve KPIs for inter-departmental processes: Attain and drive improvements to Key Performance Indicators, including forecast accuracy, demand vs. supply, inventory levels, backorder levels, demand plan (S&OP forecast) vs. operation plan vs. financial plan
  • Manage and monitor CMO batch release timing and review process through SMART team meetings
  • Schedule and consolidate slides for the routine Executive supply updates
  • Miscellaneous special projects that support and impact Supply Chain
  • Create / implement and lead/facilitate an integrated S&OP [commercial demand plan, production plan and final supply plan]

Qualifications / Experience:
  • Bachelor’ s degree (Master’ s degree a plus)
  • 10 plus years in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing [Sterile Production preferred]
  • Experience controlling and improving Supply Chain costs and service
  • Pharmaceutical technology transfer or product maintenance experience [Sterile products preferred]
  • Experience working with National Accounts, Sales and Customer Service groups
  • Project management and/or process oriented work
  • Six Sigma/Lean a plus
  • Level of Managerial Experience (People) Required
  • Travel 10%
  • Decision Making: Decisions have significant, broad implications for the management and operations of a division. Job contributes to decisions on the overall strategy and direction of the company.
  • Experience working with pharmaceutical manufacturing international supply chains.
  • Contract manufacturing and in-house manufacturing
  • Understanding of supply chain flow from manufacturer through end customer sales [preferred]
  • Strong knowledge of FDA guidance and quality system requirements
  • Strong computer and organizational skills [experience with MS Project strongly preferred]
  • Strong knowledge of supply chain systems and concepts (MRP, Capacity Modeling etc.)
  • Strong project management skills with technology transfer experience of pharmaceutical products [preferred]
  • Understanding of cost and service drivers in operations, manufacturing and distribution
  • Leadership skills and experience working in multi-national teams
  • S & OP process
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills

Sarah Radford
Clinical Recruiter

Sarah is an outgoing problem-solver who enjoys connecting with people — customer service, relationship building, and effective communication skills are among her strongest assets. Sarah was drawn to recruiting for the opportunity to influence and help people change their lives.

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