Sr Buyer / Planner

Oct 13, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
The Milford, MA, biomanufacturing site's Senior Buyer/Planner is responsible for developing and maintaining the detailed production plan for different manufacturing process steps while balancing plant capacity, efficiency, shipment, and logistics. In addition, the Senior Buyer/Planner coordinates bulk/final product shipments to other Shire facilities, CMO (s), and/or to defined warehouse(s); ensures continuity of supply for part numbered Auxiliary Materials in JDE including Non BOM items; ensures supply is in line with requirements and the requested safety stock targets; and ultimately ensures that there is no production interruption due to supply planning.

* Develop detailed production plan for different production step(s) (i.e. Bulk, Fill, Finishing, e.t.c.) at a defined frequency (i.e. daily/weekly) that is in alignment with master production schedule (MPS) and/or allocation plan by factoring in plant capacity and efficiency. Prepare monthly production lockdown, rolling forecast, and budget on a timely and accurate manner. Review MPS with production team on a set frequency (i.e. weekly). Propose adjustments to master planner or global supply analyst if needed, and finalize detailed production plan for different production step(s). Communicate the final production plan to manufacturing operations to ensure alignment. Issue and maintain work orders in ERP system.

* Review messages (order, order & expedite, increase order quantity, past due, defer and cancel) in a timely manner and take the appropriate action(s) to ensure that there is no production interruption due to supply planning. Escalate supply issues immediately to internal stakeholders and Supply Chain management. Monitor execution of agreed plans, measure performance, solve and communicate any deviations from agreed palns. Decide on trade offs in close cooperation with all Supply Chain planning departments. Create raw material purchasing requirements. Reconcile and maintain raw material level inventory to meet business needs. Review safety stock levels on a set frequency and adjust levels as required.

* Ensure inventory data is accurate and updated on a monthly basis for forecast purposes, for both the material and product. Generate actuals, review and provide inventory variation explanation on a monthly basis. Identify and resolve excess, slow move and obsolete inventory issues. Review product inventory on a monthly basis and reserve product per Company policy prior to its expiry. Reconcile with Finance on short shelf life materials. Track both the material and product release adherence performance. Validate production and/or shipment plan(s) with Quality release to ensure plan(s) is/are executable for all releases outside of normal release cycle (i.e. expedited). With logistic team, coordinate product shipment between plants, CMO site (s) and/or shipment of finished goods to desired warehouse to ensure timely delivery per committed plan.

* Participate in Monthly Rough Cut Capacity Planning (RCCP). Plan and support clinical product introduction, product launches in new countries (geographic expansion) and/or product enhancements. Secondary contact for planned sample requirements and/or planned stability study requirements to be considered in the volume planning. Manage special packaging requests, repackaging, bulk pack for stability and/or clinical requests.

* Collect, analyze, create/update, and report Supply Chain key business metrics (i.e. MPS/Lead time/ship fulfilment, product/shipment schedule adherence, work order timely closure, inventory metrics) on a required frequency (i.e. daily/weekly). Analyze and communicate plant capacity to Master Planner(s) and/or Global Supply Analyst(s), manage product conversions, and/or new production introductions independently. Reconcile and maintain code level inventory to meet business needs. Report all deviations from the committed timelines and raise the flag to Supply Chain management and/or site leadership.

* Lead/participate in continuous improvement projects and support initiatives within Supply Chain value stream. Participate in daily production QITs. Participate in BOM changes. Support material/process qualification and SNC/SCAR actions. Participate in regulatory audits.

Education: Bachelor's degree in Engineering/Science/ Business Administration/Supply Chain or in an equivalent field.


* Lean/six sigma certification preferred.

* APICS CSCP or CPIM certification preferred.


5 years related experience in supply planning and purchasing in a manufacturing setting with experience in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry, including strong knowledge of GMP, needed.

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Additional Requirements

* Must be in line with Shire values and competencies to be customer focused, respectful, of high integrity, be open and honest, and excellent in execution

* Must work independently and be self-motivated

* Must have demonstrated team-oriented, process-oriented, and solution-oriented skills

* Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office , particularly Excel

* Strong MRP/ERP/JDE knowledge

* Strong analytical and problem solving skills

* Strong interpersonal, communication, and multi-tasking skills

* Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment in which priorities may rapidly change

* Strong project management skills

* Strong supply planning skills of multiple complex product lines

* Strong ability to work with internal and external suppliers/customers

* Strong influential, persuasion, and negotiation skills with all levels of suppliers and internal/external customers

* Strong Lean skill set in driving continuous improvement across the entire product value stream through teams

* Experience with driving and coordinating supplier quality initiatives and corrective actions

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