Sr Manager, Manufacturing Planning

Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD)

Middletown, Virginia, United States of America

Job Description

When you’re part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do challenging work, and be part of a team that values performance, quality and innovation. As part of a successful, growing global organization you will be encouraged to perform at your best. With revenues of $20 billion and the largest investment in R&D in the industry, we give our people the resources and opportunities to make significant contributions to the world.

Location/Division Specific Information

The Sr Manager, Manufacturing Planning role is located in Middletown, Virginia, which is a vital site to the Clinical Diagnostics Division. This role will likely have 7-10 direct reports.

What will you do?

  • Leads the Production Planning/Scheduling team to assure compliance to our Customers’ requirements.

  • Work with various groups in the organization to develop and distribute a master production schedule.

  • Lead all aspects of the Production Planning/Scheduling process, ensuring master schedules are prepared for select product groups.

  • Work closely with Director of Manufacturing and Value Stream Managers to drive optimization of scheduling and production to improve key metrics such as OTIF, Backorder, Schedule Attainment, Utilization, and Overtime.

  • Work with Demand Planning and Manufacturing Leadership in SIOP and Supply Review processes.

  • Support business analysis on economic order sizes and order grouping.

  • Drive ownership of routers and production standards with Manufacturing Leadership and Supply Chain Analyst

  • Meet team and individual performance expectations focusing on Safety, Quality and Delivery.

  • Prepare and coordinate the issuing of weekly production schedules and shop packets for assigned products to ensure compliance with the Master Production schedule.

  • Determine priorities and initiate action where changes in forecast and/or resources dictate re-evaluation of existing schedules.

  • Monitor and coordinate activities of other departments as it relates to the resolution of problems affecting products that are scheduled.

  • Serve on element teams for new product introduction when required.

  • Perform above functions to meet department and plant goals and objectives. These objectives include, but are not limited to service level, inventory levels, on-time delivery of shop packets, expediting to get products inventory on-time and inventory management.

  • Demonstrate role model behaviors focusing on dedication to our company values, open communication, employee engagement and meeting or exceeding our customers’ expectations

  • Lead and direct the team’s Continuous Improvement (PPI) projects.

  • Establish meaningful goals, conduct performance reviews, provide developmental opportunities, address performance expectations and ensure required training is completed.

  • Ensure the most efficient utilization of resources through review of customer requirements and plant resources.

  • Work with customers to develop effective production schedules and adequate inventory to meet their requirements and improve overall customer satisfaction levels.

  • Review and develop new techniques in the planning area to assure the most efficient methods are applied in meeting our customers’ requirements.

  • Work with senior management staff to ensure implementation of company goals or other special assignments, such as product/facility transfers.

  • Other duties that may be assigned.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business or a science or equivalent experience in business or production management environment.

  • Experience in Manufacturing Planning and SAP is required. Additional experience in Materials Management and Procurement highly desired.

  • At least 10 years of experience in a production environment, preferably in a Diagnostics company and/or FDA or other highly regulated environment

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Leadership skills as exemplified by the ability to influence the actions and opinions of others.

  • In depth working knowledge of SAP systems, planning systems, production control, customer service/order processing

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate processes across functional lines.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of ISO/FDA and other regulatory requirements.

  • Attention to detail; creativity combined with strong analytical skills (the ability to view a situation logically, break it down into manageable tasks and identify alternative plans of action).

  • Highly responsive to internal and external customers.

  • High degree of experience and capability in working with all levels of the organization to achieve requirements.

  • Highly adept in working with high-level business analysis and presentation; effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and standard operating procedures.

  • Good planning and organizational skills; must be able to handle multiple competing priorities.

  • Proven ability to implement improvements/cost savings.

  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.

Highly Desired Skills:

  • Excellent Excel skills with VBA.

  • Excel with SAP Script Recording and Playback.

  • SQL.

  • Optimization experience with Solver in a manufacturing environment.

Physical Requirements:

  • Normal office environment.

  • Position may require frequent communication and walking to other areas in which designated PPE will be required.

  • Position will require sitting and standing.

  • Employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.


We offer competitive remuneration, annual incentive plan bonus, healthcare, and a range of employee benefits. Thermo Fisher Scientific offers employment with an innovative, forward-thinking organization, and outstanding career and development prospects. We offer an exciting company culture that stands for integrity, intensity, involvement, and innovation!

Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Watch as our colleagues explain5 reasons to work with us. As one team of 100,000+ colleagues, we share a common set of values - Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and Involvement - working together to accelerate research, solve complex scientific challenges, drive technological innovation and support patients in need. #StartYourStory at Thermo Fisher Scientific, where diverse experiences, backgrounds and perspectives are valued.

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Job posted: 2023-11-17