West-Ward Pharmaceuticals

  • Material Planner

    Job Location US-OH-Columbus
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(4/10/2018 4:04 PM)
    Job ID
    Job Function
    Supply Chain
  • Overview

    This role is responsible for ensuring supply of materials for the solids business and driving material planning excellence for both solids and non-solids.


    In order to do so, this role must drive actions throughout the supply chain to meet or exceed PSL and CSL targets while also minimizing expedites, managing inbound efficiencies, warehouse capacities and the inventory investment.


    Materials Management/Inventory Management

    • Ensures minimized ordering costs while also managing inventory levels.
    • Collaborates with Purchasing, Vendors and Master Schedulers to minimize slow moving, expired and obsolete product.
    • Thorough analysis of MRP results on a weekly basis.
    • Supports protected resource material ordering to minimize downtime.
    • Plans and drives strategic inventory decisions related to material changes (regulatory/change management)
    • Identifies materials for destruction on a monthly basis.
    • Working with Accounts Payable to resolve any direct material payment issue.
    • Develop and maintain supply outlook reviews to ensure inventory availability, requirements, highlighting shortages and developing a resolution action plan.
    • Participate in launch team meetings to ensure material coverage.
    • Partners with purchasing team to manage inventory levels and sourcing needs.

    Exception Message Management and Material Requisitioning

    • Manages purchased item exception messages
    • Owns WH/QC and Vendor expedite process as needed
    • Owns QC retest process for purchased items

    Material Planning Project Management

    • Lead cross functional teams to improve processes to meet business goals.

    Purchased Item Master Data Management

    • Manage planning parameters for coverage based on inventory availability, supplier performance, quality history, market share, etc.

    Supplier Communication

    • Accountable for purchased item forecasts to suppliers.
    • Participate in New Business Opportunity process to ensure ability to supply materials.
    • Work with Buyer/Planner to ensure supplier deliveries support the plan.

    Other duties as assigned.


    Education/Experience required:

    • Bachelors degree preferred.
    • Minimum 5 years of professional-level planning, operations or supply chain experience.
    • Or – MBA or Masters in Operations or Supply Chain and 1 year of experience in planning or operations.
    • APICS certification is preferred.


    Competencies required:

    • Ability to lead and deliver positive results through teamwork and collaboration with customers.
    • Ability to effectively communicate with external suppliers.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of MRP/MPS and Master Data in MRP system (preferred SAP).
    • Demonstrated knowledge of MS Office.
    • Demonstrated planning, organizing, analytical, problem solving, project management and communication skills.
    • Collaborative approach to problem solving.
    • Continuous Improvement mindset.


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