Sr. Supply Chain Planner

Emeryville, CA
Jan 15, 2022
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time


At Santen, we’re innovating therapies to improve the quality of life for patients worldwide. Our single focus in ophthalmology enables us to challenge unmet needs in the field—through passionate research, successful collaboration, and clarity of commitment. With over 130 years of investigative insight, Santen remains committed to the discovery, exploration, and development of ophthalmic therapies. As a global company, Santen is expanding to accommodate new and evolving initiatives in ophthalmic research, regulatory management, production, marketing, or distribution. Our clinical development network spans three continents, with centers in Europe, Japan, and the United States.


Responsible for coordinating and supporting SCM strategy in the U.S, for demand and supply planning. Ability to work in a start-up like environment with manual methods/tools and willingness to learn. Analyze processes to enhance and continually improve SCM in collaboration with US and global colleagues. Follow up on receipt and release of components to support demand and supply requirements. Support future implementation of new IT systems (SAP and Kinaxis) and reporting portals. Support design and management of KPIs and dashboards for decision making. We are looking for a candidate who is self-driven and motivated to engage in day-to-day operational activities. This position is reporting into Associate Director of Supply Chain Planning.


  • Coordinate final products for the Americas, including global partners, regions planning teams, and local SCM functions like logistics and operations
  • Participate in cross-functional Sales and Operations Planning (“S&OP”) process alongside with supply chain leaders by preparing Executive Level Supply Plans
  • Support coordination and review of artwork and packaging as required
  • Support implementation and enhancement of existing processes and standards for SCM, in collaboration with global team to achieve process efficiency and standardization
  • Collaborate with quality assurance to ensure that all regional supply chain processes and procedures are per GMP/GDP requirements
  • Maintain data integrity in manual processes and eventually in ERP systems when implemented
  • Work closely with SCM functions in EU, Japan and Asia Pacific Santen offices
  • Lead and drive CMO Monthly Supply Meetings and Business Reviews
  • Coordinate and manage relationship with CMOs by work on Demand Planning, Deployment, and Global Supply strategies
  • Perform other duties as necessary as required by the role


  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences, Engineering or Business is required, with at least of 5 of qualified experience in supply chain planning and inventory management
  • Good analytical and quantitative skills
  • Results focused and customer service oriented
  • Good presentation and communication skills, effective time management skills, and prioritize work objectives
  • Preferred experience with pharmaceuticals and CMO relationship
  • Working knowledge of planning systems – Kinaxis Rapid Response (SAP-APO) and SAP S4Hana (ECC or R3)
  • Fluency in English (oral and written), with knowledge of other languages a plus
  • Strong communication skills and ability to interact cross-functionally
  • Ability to work under pressure, demonstrating initiative and flexibility
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
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