Operations Planner

St. Louis, Missouri
Sep 30, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time


The Operation Planner will be responsible for driving the execution of the detailed production schedule for the manufacturing site to ensure operational output meets customer and financial requirements.  This is a individual contributor role which requires a presence and heavy coordination with cross-functional teams at the site. 


  • Coordinate and communicate schedule requirements to Production Colleagues and other supporting departments, e.g. Production, Quality, Procurement, Warehouse, Product Development, Technical Services, Environmental Control
  • Collaborate and partner with cross-functional teams to contribute to the completion of production plans, validation, compliance, development, calibration, and preventative maintenance needs. Depending on location, this may require entry to the Aseptic Production Area on occasional basis to oversee certain aspects of the plan.
  • Utilize judgement to facilitate resolutions to urgent scheduling issues with cross-functional teams in the execution of production plans based on prioritization provided by Master Production Scheduler.
  • Recommend creative solutions to complex problems to assure teams achieve overall goals for product supply, customer service, cost reduction, inventory, and right first-time performance.
  • Organize own work to update and meet the detailed production schedule and deadlines while executing the site production plan.
  • Maintain optimized target levels of WIP inventory for processed and unprocessed components and equipment to support production activities.
  • Represent Planning team in daily, standing (Gemba) meetings
  • Provide daily status update of production activities such as throughput, schedule adherence and upcoming activities.
  • Use established procedures/systems to collect and analyze data as requested.
  • Assist with project work as needed to support current initiatives
  • Perform any other department tasks as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree with manufacturing production planning experience.   
  • At least 1 year of pharmaceutical manufacturing experience with a detailed understanding of cGMP.
  • Highly effective written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Strong understanding and knowledge in production planning and materials control.
  • Experience with aseptic production in a leadership, support or front-line role.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Experience with ERP systems


  • APICS certification
  • Depending on location: knowledge of aseptic filling, sterilization, formulation, filling processes, inspection, assembly, labeling and packaging.
  • Experience in planning and scheduling cGMP production operations
  • SAP or E1 experience preferred


This position routinely requires sitting, standing, climbing stairs and walking throughout the production and office areas.  In addition, occasional weekend and overtime hours are necessary.  Job task may include bending, twisting, and lifting items.  Ability to stand upright for several consecutive hours absent of any medical restriction which could restrict completion of required duties.

Must have the ability to simultaneously multi-task across multiple capabilities and functions and handle competing priorities and requirements.  This includes performing functional responsibilities, responding to frequent e-mail and phone communications, and attending multiple meetings and conference calls. Note these activities may not be time bound to core hours or presence at the site.


Position requires regular on-site attendance.  This position cannot be performed on a remote or telecommute basis on a temporary, short – or long-term basis.  Must be willing to work beyond hours typically defined as a “regular” workday, which may or may not include weekends and holidays.

Use of eye protection, gloves and other PPE is required.  Depending on location, maintaining aseptic area certification may be required.    Practices and promotes safe working environment at all times.

The job is open only to Protected Individuals (as defined by 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3), namely, Citizens or Nationals of the United States, Lawful Permanent Residents (“green card holders”), Refugees and Asylees.

Last date to apply for job: October 15, 2021

Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment.  As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

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