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Associate, Finite Scheduler

Novartis Gene Therapies
Durham, NC
Start date
Aug 11, 2022

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Imagine… 2 weeks after the birth of your child you realize they aren't meeting critical developmental milestones and after months of doctor's appointments you are told your baby has a rare neurological disease that would impact how they would live their lives. This is the reality of parents whose children have Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and it's the reason why we at Novartis Gene Therapies are laser focused on bringing hope and possibility to those devastated by rare genetic diseases.


The Associate, Finite Scheduler, builds and maintains complex production and project schedules.



  • Builds production schedule for the Clinical and Commercial manufacturing facility.
  • Drives short term scheduling providing the shop floor detailed finite schedules, defining and optimizing production activities, integrating maintenance/validation and other key activities to ensure that all significant shop floor activities are well defined and coordinated.
  • Collaborates daily with Production Supervisors, Area Managers, and key support teams to determine progress of work, adherence to planned completion dates and escalates production problems and/or delays.
  • Provides detailed and attainable daily/weekly schedule to production areas.
  • Synchronize production activities within commercial and clinical operations to meet required product release dates.
  • Maintains production schedules and other reports as required.
  • Collaborates with shop floor management daily to resolve issues regarding manufacturing activities.
  • Campaign schedule to minimize change-over complexity and maximize opportunity to attain planned production volumes.
  • Schedules pre-planned capacity impacting maintenance and engineering activities.
  • Collaborates with Supply Chain Planners and other cross functional managers, on material supply/release, component supply/release, and documentation readiness. Participate in analyzing and implementing changes inside Finite Scheduling Time Fence.
  • Other related duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain, Engineering, Logistics, or other relevant field with 2 years' experience in supply Chain and/or manufacturing environment or 4 years of experience in supply Chain and/or manufacturing environment in lieu of Bachelor's degree.
  • Excellent communicator, both in writing and orally.
  • Working knowledge of both Microsoft Excel and Project.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.  The level of this position will be based on the final candidate's qualifications. 


Why Novartis?

769 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2020, and while we're proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people's lives. We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.


We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world's toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying!  Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!


Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

Novartis is committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse teams representative of the patients and communities we serve.  Additionally, Novartis Gene Therapies is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.


Accessibility and reasonable accommodations

The Novartis Group of Companies are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an e-mail to call +1 (877)395-2339 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please include the job requisition number in your message. 



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