Supply Planner


AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies

The challenge to stay ahead in rapidly changing markets is what keeps us driving forward, as we continuously seek new and better ways to deliver medicines all the way to our patients. Our resilience helps us to thrive as we innovate and evolve.

If you’re an experienced Supply Chain professional looking for your next career opportunity, this could be the role for you.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Supply Planner to join our planning team which sits within Sourcing and Supply in UK Operations. The department handles the material flow through the factory, enabling our packaging and processing areas to produce stock for customer orders. Post manufacture, the department also handles all product storage and shipment to over 100 countries globally.

The role of the Supply Planner is to identify optimum planning sequences and scenarios to ensure customers are supplied with compliant product in a cost and time effective manner.

Holding responsibility for a portfolio of production lines/areas, you will work collaboratively with multiple partners to deliver excellent Customer Service whilst ensuring that Quality and Cost targets are met.


Formulate production and packing plans in line with customer demands, and communicate effectively with internal customers, line productions, warehouse and procurement teams.

Plan bulk and component availability to meet manufacturing plans.

Plan deployment of WIP components across manufacturing assets to ensure optimal use and efficiency.

Assess capacity loadings of production areas and sales patterns of markets (over/under selling) to ensure stocks managed accordingly.

Understand impacts of over planning, under planning, changeover times, resource deployment and market activity etc. to use this information to develop the plan.

Formulate stock deployment plans, to ensure product dispatch takes place in line with market/asset demand expectations.

Manage inventory levels at source and market within agreed budgets, contributing to re-work and destruction processes.

Own relevant Master Data, its maintenance and improvement.

Provide functional support on key Sourcing and Supply projects.

Essential Skills & Experience:

  • Experience of planning within a dynamic and fast paced manufacturing environment.

  • Ability to manage multiple partners and navigate ambiguity.

  • Strong influencer who can confidently handle a complex and changing workload.

  • In-depth understanding of SAP and APO planning system

Desirable Skills & Experience:

  • Experience of Pharmaceutical GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and a greater knowledge of other areas of the Supply Chain.

  • Experience of working in a Lean environment, and knowledge of Lean principles and tools

Global Operations is fundamental to our purpose of delivering life-changing medicines to patients, touching every aspect of our business and providing a platform for everything that we do.

Hear from our Senior Leaders about why they know AstraZeneca is a great place to work.

There are so many fantastic employee benefits that AstraZeneca offer – a competitive salary, private healthcare, a fantastic holiday allowance, phenomenal training and development opportunities, and much more!

Interested? Come and join our journey!

We welcome your application no later than Sunday 22nd August

Competitive Salary & Benefits

Open Date: 10/08/2021

Close Date: 22/08/2021

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