Logistics Specialist

Logistics Specialist [Distribution Liaison Partner/DLP]

Location: Macclesfield, UK or Sodertalje, Sweden

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Here you can feel a strong connection to the patient. It’s what drives us every day. Play a critical role in delivering our innovative medicines all the way until they reach our patients.

If you are driven, take smart risks and are able to act quickly, then this is the place for you!

Business area

Global External Sourcing (GES) is accountable for the sourcing and supply of externally manufactured products into the AstraZeneca network. The products we handle within GES include both APIs, Formulated & Packed products and are sourced from suppliers located in a number of different countries and supplied to customers across all regions.

GES is organised in a Process Centric Organisation (PCO) with two main processes; Supply to Customer and Establish New Supply to Customer, with a high focus on cross-functional team work.

Within GES, we offer you professional development and the chance to work with other, outstanding Supply chain professionals.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within our Planning team in GES for a Distribution Liaison Partner based in either Macclesfield, UK or Sodertalje, Sweden.

The role

You will lead and coordinate the activities required to set up distribution flows for GES, for both the Supply to Customer and the Establish New Supply to Customers.

The post holder will work in close collaboration with Global Logistics & Freight (GLF), International Distribution Coordinators (IDC’s), Freight & Logistics Category Group to manage the distribution set up and changes in distribution channels or mode of transport.

Main Accountabilities:

You will support the Establish New Supply to Customer process by setting up distribution master data and ensuring all aspects of the distribution flows are put in place to enable timely New Product Introduction (NPI) launches and fast and smooth acquisitions and divestments.

The incumbent will participate in the Supply to Customer process within GES by managing conventional activities associated with enabling successful distribution of material to customers, helping to handle change and resolve critical issues.

Your immediate team will ensure the IDC team are well supported, acting as the first line of support for any distribution escalations/queries they may have.

Having accountability for the IDC team, you will ensure that they are operating to the defined Sarbanes Oxley standards, ensuring that controls are maintained and any actions are closed out in good time.

You will work actively with Lean tools specific to Problem solving such as; Level Zero, Practical Problem Solving, Six Sigma to work through issues. You will support and/or lead Continuous Improvements activities within your own Distribution team and also as part of broader cross-functional teams.

Working closely with Global Logistics, acting as the main point of contact for GLF into GES and vice-versa; ensuring new routes are set up in good time, to your key business partners requirements and that all key distribution master data is set up and maintained accurately.

You will play a key role in the quarterly & annual freight budget cycles, working with the GES Planning function to collate all relevant demand data. In turn, you will be expected to work closely with GLF to turn that GES demand data into workable freight demand data, so freight costs can be accurately forecasted and budgeted for.

You will have an awareness of key operating processes and the products you & your team work with, and must keep up to date with changes in the supply chain related to shipping and distribution information/data.

Minimum requirements:

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

  • Distribution & Logistics knowledge and experience

  • Previous experience working in Supply Chain / Distribution / Transport / Warehouse / Operations Environments

  • Experience in defining new processes and seeking to continuously improve existing processes

  • Comfortable handling challenging key business partners, setting expectations and having direct conversations

  • Excellent communication and team working skills

  • Experience in issue management and proactive project involvement.

Preferred background:

  • Experience of working in the Pharmaceuticals sector

  • Experience of working with & shipping temperature controlled products and Dangerous goods

  • Experience of working with shipping documentation, for international freight.

  • Experience of working in an outsourced freight operation, working with 3PL’s / Freight Forwarders / Freight brokers

  • Experience of Team supervision/leadership/management and coaching

  • Experience of working in IT Systems such as SAP / ERP / WMS alongside Transport specific applications like TMS.

  • Understanding of different shipment modality; Air / Sea / Road / Rail

  • Understanding of global import/export processes & international customs clearance

  • Experience with lean methodology and tools

  • End-2-End Supply Chain knowledge

  • Commercial experience is a plus

Why AstraZeneca

Our contribution to life changing medicines is why people have been here for decades. We do it for the patients.

Interested? Come and join our journey!

Competitive salary & benefits

Applications are welcome from 20th to 3rd June 2021

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