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Planning Analyst

Requisition ID:  35588
Date:  Jul 9, 2021

Kinston, North Carolina, US

Department:  Supply Chain



Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate – which all help contribute to a Healthier World.


At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients’ lives each and every day – our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $2.14B in 2020. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNA—our team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.


Job Summary:


Support the operation of scheduling, material handling, shipping/receiving/warehouse and materials purchasing. Provide guidance and support to these functions to receive supplies on time, get them distributed effectively, schedule manufacturing areas in order to maximize resources and meet consumer needs, distribute materials to the proper areas in a timely manner, monitor inventory levels to maintain within guidelines. Constantly evaluate and seek ways to improve the effectiveness of above functions


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitor inventory levels on min./max. programs, WIP, raw materials and constantly review with Plant Planner and Repack Manager
  • Analyze demand trends and inventory on a regular basis with the goal of optimal inventory quantities on a rolling basis
  • Support Plant Planner with tasks such as creating purchase orders, scheduling process orders, and creating shipment deliveries
  • Analyze and guide the efforts of the Plant Planner with the objective of maximizing utilization of equipment, minimizing WIP and getting orders out on schedule in the most efficient manner
  • Serve as back-up to Plant Planner when necessary
  • Analyze and guide the efforts of the facility with the objective of maximizing material usage, eliminating material waste and maximizing usage of resources
  • Analyze and guide the efforts of the Repack Manager with the objective of maximizing the utilization of warehouse space, resources and carriers
  • Generate late order reports and investigate/escalate opportunities for improvement
  • Update OEE report daily
  • Monitor Key Performance Indicators on a weekly basis
  • Evaluate forms, procedures, practices, flows, etc. on an ongoing basis with the objective of constantly improving
  • Perform weekly Gemba Walks and participate in Lean improvement initiatives.
  • Regularly evaluate personnel requirements to maximize utilization of personnel
  • Perform other duties as required or directed



Basic Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience. Preferred degree in Supply Chain or Industrial Engineering 

Experience: Minimum of 3-5 years plant systems experience


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • APICS/ASCM Certification
  • SAP Planning experience



  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time







West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to kimberley.eby@westpharma.com.  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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