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Title:  Planning Manager

Requisition ID:  45881
Date:  May 9, 2022

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: Materials Planning Manager will oversee the various aspects of daily planning operations and ensure that strategic material planning processes are in place to enable operational and production continuity in all production areas within the Kinston plant.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee a team of Material planners and take overall responsibility for Service metrics including OTIF(P) and Lead times to our customers, Inventory metrics including Days of Supply/Inventory Turns and Cost metrics including Freight/Scrap/Obsolescence costs.
  • Take ownership of material planning issues that arise including alignment between supply and demand plans.
  • Lead daily meetings to address Potential Late customer orders and act as an escalation point for material concerns.
  • Create and Implement Production plans for High Value processes in Kinston including Pharma Washing, Envision and Sterilization. Ensure production plans are aligned with External/Internal Customer ship dates.
  • Design and implement Capacity utilization models to predict capacity concerns on a short to medium term plan.
  • Act as liaison between Planning, manufacturing and customer success to manage production flows and ensure product supply to customer by expected ship dates.
  • Ensure strategic and operational information, reports and metrics are available to share with others in the business as and when required
  • Manage, coach and develop a high performing team that meets departmental KPIs and drives for optimal supply chain
  • Monitor production performance vs. plant and division goals, providing timely feedback to appropriate personnel. 
  • Utilize SAP, shop floor systems, Excel, and other information systems in the scheduling and planning of manufactured products. 
  • Lead continuous process improvement initiatives. 
  • Create a critical tasks backup matrix for various supply chain and planning positions and responsibilities as needed. 
  • Take overall responsibility for obsolete parts process and ensure minimum scrap due to expiration.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Education: Bachelors in Supply Chain/Industrial Engineering
  • Experience:  5 years of manufacturing experience preferred.
  • Extensive experience working with business enterprise systems like SAP or SFS
  • High proficiency in MS Excel
  • Must have superior communication, organizational, problem solving and interpersonal skills and be able to interface effectively with all departments; and must have a high level of attention to detail.
  • Must be willing and able to work effectively as a team member in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to team members.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 5 years of manufacturing experience preferred.
  • cGMP knowledgeable
  • APICS/ASCM certification preferred.


Travel Requirements:

  • Minimal to no travel.


Physical & Mental Requirements:

  • Must be able to stand and walk for 8 hours per shift.
  • Must follow and comply with Plant’s Dress and Hygiene Code (SOI)
  • Must follow and comply with all Company and Plant policies, procedure (SOIs), rules and State and Federal laws
  • Must be able to tolerate temperatures of hot and cold in a manufacturing environment.
  • Must be able to tolerate industrial odors and smells on a frequent basis.
  • Continuously use hands to handle and feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; frequent stretching and arm extension, including climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • Good hand and eye coordination, vision, and ability to differentiate color.
  • Regular full-time employee works 40 hours a week, some overtime may be required.








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 Apply.Accommodation@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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