Supply Chain Planner (Asset Planner)

Supply Chain Planner (Asset Planner)

Location: Macclesfield UK, Wilmington US or Gärtuna Sweden

Competitive Salary & Benefits

Do you have expertise in, and passion for supply chain? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the sourcing and distribution of products, in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

About AstraZeneca

In Operations we have a big ambition – to deliver more medicines to patients, quicker and more affordably. Backed by the investment, leadership and a clear plan to get there, we bring personal dedication and out of the box thinking.

With constant new products and launches, there’s never been a better time to join Supply Chain and shape our future with a big contribution to life-changing medicines.

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

Business area

Global External Supply (GES) are responsible for ensuring the continuity of supply, of new and established AstraZeneca brands. Together with our GES colleagues, we manage the supply of API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) into our business and supply chains. This includes some formulated and finished pack products.

Due to growth, we have opportunities for a supply chain professional to join our GES team. The role can be based in either Macclesfield UK, Wilmington, US or Gärtuna, Sweden.

The GES Supply Chain Planner (Asset Planner) role typically spans the 3 to 24 month strategic planning horizon. Accountable for a number of core planning processes within an allocated brand portfolio, they ensure that mid to long-term supply is effectively balanced against demand.

What you’ll do

Aligned to a brand, you will partner with the Supply Chain Lead to drive the execution of the agreed brand strategy within the above horizon. Working in partnership, you will act as the primary GES interface into the Global Supply Planner. You will also work very closely with Supply Chain Co-ordinators aligned to your brand to ensure a continuity of supply is also maintained in the 0-13 week horizon.

In this integral role, you will take overall accountability for the delivery of agreed GES commitments to the Global supply chain plan, within the boundaries of the products they represent. You will ensure that supply is secure, ensuring that customer service levels are achieved and inventory levels are optimised.

Planning and agreeing the inventory volumes for your brands, and executing these against the inventory budget is key. Accountability will also extend to the delivery of the agreed inventory budget.

Representing GES in contributing to the Global Monthly Product Sales and Operating Planning (S&OP) process for assigned assets, in line with the global planning calendar, you will manage demand and supply exceptions, raising any issues and subsequently updating the local site plan based on agreed solutions.

You will be accountable for the stock calculation/renewal process for products produced by GES, and for undertaking scenario planning of volumes and capacities. Scenario planning can span from the Tactical through to Strategic time horizon (0-5 years).

You will be required to regularly maintain, refresh and challenge standard tactical capacity outlooks for 3rd Party Assets on the brands supported, ensuring supply and demand is balanced and mitigate against any risk to supply in collaboration with the Global Supply Planner and Supply Chain Lead.

You will also be expected to develop local options and execute supply solutions, communicating the associated risks, and support issue resolution impacting supported brands within the 3 – 24 month horizon.

Essential criteria:

  • Extensive experience in a Supply Chain Environment (Manufacturing, Planning)

  • Advanced supply chain (capacity and inventory) planning skills

  • Experience in managing and developing solutions for supply chain events

  • Understanding of different supply methods (IRL, VMI/CMI, Flow, Kanban)

  • Understanding of supply chain planning parameters, master data and master data integrity & quality

  • Experience of collaborating with the key interfaces within the end to end supply chain, with manufacturing and between supply chain and commercial functions

  • Excellent communications and collaboration skills required to manage a multitude of customers and key partners, both internal and external to AZ

  • Proficient in using key Lean Tools

Desirable criteria:

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

  • Robust understanding of and contributing to an S&OP process

  • SAP ERP (MRP) Knowledge

  • Leadership Experience

  • Commercial experience

  • Experience working with third party suppliers

Why AstraZeneca?

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.

Next steps…

Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Excellent! We have one seat available and we hope it’s yours!

Applications are open from 12th July to 25th July 2021.

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