Supply Chain Planning Manager

MedAvante   •  

Nashville, TN

Industry: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech


8 - 10 years

Posted 183 days ago

Job Purpose

Coordinate business execution to capture the value of supply chain planning.  Translate business strategies and objectives into S&OP inputs and support the execution of the optimized plan by facilitating weekly S&OE actions.  Ensure that planning system inputs and outputs are effectively communicated and understood within the business.

Key Responsibilities

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)

  • Engage with Corporate Supply Chain Planning to fully utilize planning tools and drive continuous improvement.

  • Translate business objectives into supply chain planning inputs and requirements.
  • Understand how LP supply chain planning tools and process are utilized to support business requirements.
  • Drive the adoption and use of S&OP/IBP/APO tools for all applicable business planning activities.
  • Work with demand planners, sales, supply planners, operations and controllers to support the broader S&OP process.
  • Engage sales groups to support the development and refinement of demand plans.
  • Support the assessment and adjustment of sales history to account for abnormal sources of variation.
  • Engage with supply planners and operations teams to support the development and refinement of supply plans.
  • Engage business groups to ensure proper understanding of the monthly S&OP plan, as well as, the key assumptions and requirements to achieve it.
  • Support the linking of VBM activities to the overall S&OP plan


Sales and Operations Execution (S&OE)

  • Ensure execution level plans align with strategic plans and objectives.
  • Develop a strong working knowledge of LP near-term planning and execution tools.
  • Support business Sales and Operations teams to ensure clear understanding of plan execution requirements from order entry through shipment.
  • Collaborate with order entry groups to clarify understanding and intent of supply plans and fulfillment strategies.
  • Monitor order entry and production actuals and trends to identify potential problem areas or variances as early as possible.
  • Work with Demand and Supply Planners to recognize and manage exceptions.
  • Coordinate needed interactions and working sessions to maintain alignment and to support weekly execution activities.
  • Support continuous improvement and the spreading of best practices for S&OE.
  • Communicate anticipated plan shortfalls or misses within the business as early as possible to allow time for review and corrective actions – escalate as needed to properly address concerns.


Benefits Realization

  • Support the identification, communication and resolution of supply chain and order fulfillment related issues.
  • Drive continuous improvement in planning processes and tool utilization.
  • Support the definition and execution of “what-if?” and scenario analysis activities.
  • Assess plan performance and propose / make appropriate adjustments.
  • Develop assessments of actual performance versus plan.
  • Report overall plan related costs and savings for the business.



  • Participate in Corporate projects and committees as assigned.
  • Interact with various levels of upper management both internally and externally regarding, inventory, and strategy issues.
  • Perform all duties in accordance with environmental and safety rules and regulations.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong planning skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Working understanding of supply chain management processes and practices.
  • Strong analytical skills, including demonstrated ability to compile and analyze data, develop metrics, and perform cost benefit analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop regularly scheduled business reports and presentations for upper management and peers using various computer software applications.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated consultative, facilitation and conflict resolution skills. Ability to lead and motivate individuals and teams to achieve program and project objectives.
  • Ability to define, quantify and lead continuous improvement projects and work efforts.
  • Ability to interpret and apply corporate policies and procedures.
  • Ability to operate a computer and supporting software.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to travel as needed.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Operations, Supply Chain or related field.



  • 7+ years planning or operations management related experience.
  • 3+ years management experiencepreferred.
  • LSS Certification preferred
  • Or any equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the key responsibilities of this position.


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