Site Materials Requirements Planner

Netherlands, Geleen

Site Materials Requirements Planner

Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of. Lonza Geleen is looking for  a Site Materials Requirements Planner to join our Supply Chain team. The Materials Requirements Planner Performs all duties to ensure material availability for the production of cell and gene therapy drugs and mRna vaccines.

Lonza is looking for a talented Material Planner to join our niche Cell and Gene Therapy Supply Chain Team. CGT produces customized treatments for rare disease (rare forms of cancer and other disease) along with mRna vaccines . Reporting to the Site Supply Manager, the Materials Planner is responsible for the materials management processes including supply chain and inventory while also developing strategies to improve on time delivery and make positive impacts on company revenue.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide oversight of the procurement and supply chain process to ensure that materials are on order and delivery dates support shipping schedules for finished product
  • Interact with various functions including; Quality, Manufacturing, Procurement, Engineering, and Management to understand the business requirements and align on execution plans
  • Provide oversight of the ERP system to ensure data integrity, reconciling any logical discrepancies in ERP to align with the physical inventory
  • Effectively analyze inventory levels to minimize inventory days of supply (DoS) and minimize inventory carrying costs to meet the Operation’s annual operating plan (AOP)
  • Develop and maintain the systems to accurately manage vendor lead times and order quantities to meet customer shipping schedules
  • Manage & Coordinate required streams of work to maintain data quality and accuracy in line with GMP documentation and ensure adherence to GMP standards from a Supply Chain perspective
  • Develop tools and strategies for proactively identifying and resolving material shortages to prevent impact to established shipping schedules
  • Lead the physical inventory process including reconciling cycle counts, managing non-conforming materials inventory, end of life stock, and scrap
  • Prepare and analyze monthly inventory forecast reports in collaboration with Supply Chain Management, forecasting financial impacts of inventory to AOP
  • Manage and report on any vendor pricing inflation and purchased part variances (PPV)
  • Develop and collaborate on strategies to improve the supply Chain processes and site operations
  • Maintain the ERP system for Operations and coordinate continuous improvements on the database with IT when required
  • Ensure mid-stream manufacturing changes and project revisions are managed correctly in ERP system so that the proper material levels are procured
  • Act as a back-up for issuing purchase orders to vendors and confirmation of delivery time

Key requirements:

  • Bachelors or equivalent in Operations Management, Supply Chain Management or Business Administration
  • 5 years of experience in a manufacturing environment (preferable Pharmaceuticals or similar
  • Continuous Improvement mindset
  • Strong knowledge of inventory management and supply chain processes and desire to apply acquired experience and knowledge within Lonza
  • Demonstrated history of providing leadership and oversight for a manufacturing materials organization
  • Highly proficient with MS Excel including pivot tables and macros for data analysis
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Power BI, SAP and APICS certification are considered an asset
  • Strong analytical skills; able to synthesize and analyze high volumes of data
  • Strong organizational and time management skills to prioritize tasks
  • Excellent communication skills; listening, verbal and written
  • Ability to notice process gaps and willingness to design and implement supply chain operational improvement processes
  • Ability to problem solve and identify potential issues with demand or supply
  • Detailed and process oriented
  • Developed interpersonal and team building skills
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if not achieved ethically.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

Reference: R38905