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Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

Lonza Walkersville is IMMEDIATELY hiring a Planning Manager or Materials Manager to perform all duties ensuring the monthly Supply Planning processes are completed to support the integrated planning processes like S&OP and at site level.  The Planning Manager creates, executes and maintains the Supply Plan including the creation of the Master Production Schedule and medium term capacity loading outlooks.  The Planning Manager develops proactive strategies to anticipate and mitigate issues and risks with respect to supply planning and scheduling.

This is a hybrid role located at our Walkersville, MD site. Requiring 3 days on site and working 2 days remotely.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Execute the monthly supply planning cycle including the creation and updating of supply plans and identification of key supply decisions with all relevant stakeholders.
  • Oversee the Production scheduling group for several value streams, working closely with Manufacturing, MSAT, Quality and Program management.
  • Manage small order fulfillment team in providing critical commitments and updates to key internal stakeholders so customers and systems are updating timely, coordinating with rest of Supply Chain, Operations and Customer service.
  • Ensure and implement control in managing raw materials and finished goods inventory to prevent discards and/or scrap.
  • Prepare supply planning input into monthly S&OP cycle and annual budget cycle.
  • Lead, motivate and improve a team of employees in evaluating current work and processes.
  • Create and maintain supply and scheduling related KPIs and use as basis for supply planning improvement initiatives.
  • Liaise with all relevant stakeholders and functions to ensure supply plan represents consensus view of future supply plans and action.

Key Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Supply Chain Management degree, preferred.
  • Ability to influence both Supply Chain and functional leaders to support supply planning
  • and site manufacturing strategy recommendations.
  • Must have leadership experience working across departments.
  • SAP and/or IBP experience is required; Production Planning is a strong plus.
  • Good communication and presentation skills. Ability to present ideas in a clear and concise manner.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to define metrics (KPI’s) and identify issues through root cause analysis.
  • Competent using MS Office suite, particularly Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to utilize Business Intelligence systems to extract data and generate reports.

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