Production Planner

Employer
Grifols
Location
Clayton, NC, United States
Posted
Nov 25, 2020
Ref
164929
Hotbed
Bio NC
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Production Planner / Sr. Production Planner / Production Planning Specialist

Summary:

Responsible for scheduling daily WIP inventories to enable annual sales of greater than $2 billion in a highly regulated environment. Material selection, scheduling, and assigned quality testing must meet the regulatory and quality requirements of the intended markets while maximizing throughput. The Production Planner must possess process knowledge of manufacturing interdependencies, constraints, and requirements to efficiently schedule their assigned area and react quickly to situations where contingency plans are required. The Production Planner drives plasma production in their assigned area and therefore must be able to communicate requirements to meet company goals to customers within their assigned area. The Production Planner manages daily communication between the Production and Supply Planning Departments and their assigned production areas and must be able to analyze, communicate, negotiate, and initiate complex situations in order to support company success.

Primary responsibilities for role:
  • Create weekly production schedules within the capacity constraints [product, equipment or labor] as identified for each work center. Schedule effectively to achieve delivery performance, maximize throughput and meet product outdate objectives for assigned production area.
  • Create weekly production schedules that align with capacities in upstream and downstream departments.
  • Coordinates production to utilize equipment and manpower to meet production throughput targets and the release plan while balancing targets for interfacing schedules such as project, validation, and maintenance work.
  • Monitors pace of production ensuring timelines are met. Communicate production status to Managers and internal customers on a regular basis. Analyze delays and propose solutions to achieve deadlines.
  • Issues batch numbers, product codes, product inspection lots (including additional testing, if required for a specific customer), environmental monitoring inspection lots and serialization information based on source plasma specification and the regulatory requirements of the intended market.
  • Controls WIP with daily value in excess of $500M in support of greater than $2 billion in sales.
    • Correctly combines intermediate materials from multiple sources and specifications.
    • Monitors all WIP inventory. Tracks inventory to avoid write-offs due to expiration.
    • Manages proper inventory levels established for each WIP stage to avoid shortages and excesses.
    • Selects WIP to maximize throughput for stages with excess inventory. Ensures timely identification and destruction of excess WIP inventory.
    • Monitors upstream and downstream production areas to proactively adjust based on performance of supplying/receiving departments
  • Provides input to departmental priorities based on needs of market/division. Acts as a liaison for Supply Chain between Procurement, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Quality.
  • Establishes departmental priorities based on needs of market/division. Acts as a liaison for Supply Chain between Procurement, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Quality.
  • Recommends changes in manufacturing equipment/personnel utilization to meet supply requirements.
  • Publishes weekly and monthly site performance reports.
  • Utilizes SAP for Production Planning, Inspection Lot Assignment, and Inventory Management transactions and generation of weekly schedules. Subject Matter Expert for SAP Production Planning related information.
  • Utilizes OSM for generation of serialization information based on scheduled production orders and quality criteria as applicable for assigned production area.
  • Provides support for 24/7 manufacturing operations.
  • Correctly assigns inspection plans based on market destinations and non-routine activities.
  • Generates Production Planning Training Materials and provides training.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively schedule at least 2 of the key production areas (Fractionation, Purification, IGIV-C, Filling, Packaging).
  • Responsible for independent assignments in at least two of the following areas: Deviations, Document Revisions, Quality Metrics, Change Control with Master Data Requests, Limbo, or Reagent

Additional Responsibilities: May participate on cross-functional teams or lead projects of medium complexity with limited direct supervision. Regularly interacts with Manufacturing Managers, Sr. Supervisors, QA Product Line Managers, Supply Planners, Procurement staff and Director of Global Contracts.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Knowledge of manufacturing processes, manufacturing constraints and cGMPs. Knowledge of SAP ERP system and Microsoft Office. Must be comfortable in a constantly changing environment and able to shift plans and priorities daily to meet mid and long-term objectives. Strong communication, organization, logistical and multi-tasking skills. Strong decision making skills. Erroneous decisions will have a negative impact on the business as it pertains to product deliveries, WIP dating and overall production throughput and product availability to patients. Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action.

Education/Experience:
  • Production Planner - BS/BA degree in a relevant field and 3 years of related experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. At least three (3) years applicable work experience in materials and / or manufacturing scheduling environment or equivalent work experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably in a Biological or Pharmaceutical environment.


  • Sr. Production Planner - BS/BA degree in a relevant field and 4 years of related experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. At least four (4) years applicable work experience in materials and / or manufacturing scheduling environment or equivalent work experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably in a Biological or Pharmaceutical environment. Strong knowledge of manufacturing processes, manufacturing constraints and cGMPs across multiple production areas and GT site. Strong knowledge (SME) of SAP ERP system related to Production Planning and Inventory Management functions and Microsoft Office. Must be comfortable in a constantly changing environment and able to shift plans and priorities daily to meet mid and long-term objectives. Strong communication, organization, logistical and multi-tasking skills. Strong decision making skills. Erroneous decisions will have a negative impact on the business as it pertains to product deliveries, WIP dating and overall production throughput and product availability to patients. Exercises judgment and makes decisions independently.


  • Production Planning Specialist - BS/BA degree in a relevant field and 5 years of related experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. At Least (5) years applicable work experience in materials and / or manufacturing scheduling environment or equivalent work experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably in a Biological or Pharmaceutical environment. Strong knowledge of manufacturing processes, manufacturing constraints and cGMPs across multiple production areas and GT site. Strong knowledge (SME) of SAP ERP system related to Production Planning and Inventory Management functions and Microsoft Office. Must be comfortable in a constantly changing environment and able to shift plans and priorities daily to meet mid and long-term objectives. Strong communication, organization, logistical and multi-tasking skills. Strong decision making skills. Erroneous decisions will have a negative impact on the business as it pertains to product deliveries, WIP dating and overall production throughput and product availability to patients. Exercises judgment and makes decisions independently


We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status CLK789