Global Brand Planner

Global Brand Planner

Are you an innovative supply chain leader with a passion for the patients we serve and a desire to lead in a dynamic, global environment? If so, then this job as a Global Brand Planner at AstraZeneca is the role for you!

AstraZeneca is at an exciting time of new products and launches. We get to work with innovative and scientific products on our leading-edge end to end supply chain, using the latest technologies and modern facilities

Here you can feel a strong connection to the patient. It’s what drives us every day. We are united behind one mission – finding the best solution to put our patients first. Play a critical role in making this happen, delivering our innovative medicines all the way until they reach our patients. Adapt and innovate at pace

Have the opportunity to play a role in evolving Supply Chain, reimagining how we do things, and creating a collective legacy. Unrivaled leaders in this space, we always do it the right way – with sustainable lifecycle management. There’s no better time to take ownership and reshape the entire ecosystem, from technological advances to develop more ethical approaches to our work.

AstraZeneca has embarked on a Supply Chain Transformation Program that is designed to deliver world-class performance, increase agility, reduce costs and improve customer service levels. This program includes 6 workstreams and includes the creation of integrated supply chains that run from procurement right through to delivery to the person at the end of the supply chain. This end-to-end approach to supply will also provide clearer accountability, greater transparency, and better, shared decision-making. The Global Planning Workstream is responsible for the transformation delivery within the 4 therapy areas. This role is responsible to support and drive the delivery of identified improvements on key sites for the end-to-end Global Planning solution within 5 key areas – Leadership, Planning, Scheduling, Data, and Flow. The objective is to drive transformation and embedding all aspects of the Global Planning objectives on site and above site so that the change and transformation lives on after the program comes to an end. It is also responsible for working with site leadership team to prioritise therapy stream objectives and alignment to Performance Management.

The Global Brand Planner owns and optimizes the end-to-end (E2E) planning within the tactical horizon for the assigned brand portfolio. Owner of the E2E tactical brand plan across all Supply Chain (SC) nodes, responsible for the supply chain configuration (Value Stream Map) and brand top-line performance (Service, Cost, Inventory).

As part of the responsibilities of this role, lead the brand Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process to review the E2E demand, supply, and inventory plan scenarios and make aligned trade-off decisions, to fulfil the existing imbalances in line with business objectives. In this role, you will perform holistic independent and dependent brand demand validation across the E2E supply chain, including dependent demand propagation to bulk and Application Programming Interface (API), as part of the monthly planning cycle.

Responsible for the brand volume budget (inventory, production, purchasing), ensuring all demand & supply events are reflected. In this position, the role monitors budget adherence throughout the year by gap identification.

What you will do:

  • Own the end-to-end tactical plan and design and ensure end-to-end synchronisation whilst balancing service, inventory, and cost.

  • Lead the Brand S&OP.

  • Escalation point for significant supply issues resulting from the Sales and Operations Execution (S&OE) process.

  • Co-ordinate the Global Planning response in Supply Chain change projects (New Product Indication (NPI), Discontinuation, Flavour, Switches) and ensure the system is set up to accurately reflect the strategy throughout its lifecycle stages.

  • Responsible for the brand volume budget and adherence to it.

  • Play a key role in brand stakeholder management


  • Bachelor’s degree required (or equivalent experience)

  • Significant experience in Supply Chain Environment (Manufacturing, Planning) and Supply & Operations Planning process

  • Commercial experience


  • A degree or equivalent in Business, Logistics, Sciences, or Engineering is preferred, equivalent experience will be taken into account.

  • Advanced supply chain (inventory, capacity, and network) planning skills

  • APICS / CSCP or equivalent certification

  • Lean certification

Why AstraZeneca

If you want to make a big impact, this is the place for you. Our contribution to life-changing medicines is why people have been here for decades. We do it for the patients.

So, what’s next

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

We welcome your application no later than midnight Thursday 21st October

Other AZ locations may be considered

Open Date: 13/10/2021

Close Date: 21/10/2021

Competitive Salary and Benefits

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