Sr Planner

Takeda Pharmaceuticals - Los Angeles County, CA
Sr Planner
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Job ID SR0048158 Date posted 04/09/2020 Location Los Angeles, California


Responsible for developing and maintaining detailed production plan for different manufacturing process steps while balancing plant capacity, efficiency, shipment, and logistics. Coordinates bulk/final product shipments to other Takeda facilities, CMO (s), and/or to defined warehouse(s).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Planning: 70%

  • Develop detailed production plan for different production step(s) (i.e. Bulk, Fill, Finishing, etc.) at a defined frequency (i.e. daily/weekly) that is in alignment with the master production schedule (MPS) and/or allocation plan by factoring in plant capacity and efficiency
  • Review MPS with production team on a set frequency (i.e. weekly), propose adjustments to master planner or global supply analyst if needed and finalize detailed production plan for different production step(s). Communicate the final production plan to manufacturing operations to ensure alignment
  • Issue and maintain work orders in ERP system
  • Validate production and/or shipment plan(s) with Quality release to ensure plan(s) is/are executable for all releases outside of normal release cycle (i.e. expedited)
  • Coordinate with logistics team the product shipment between plants, CMO site (s) and/or shipment of finished goods to desired warehouse to ensure timely delivery per committed plan
  • Participate in Monthly Rough Cut Capacity Planning (RCCP)
  • Plan and support clinical product introduction, product launches in new countries (geographic expansion) and/or product enhancements
  • Secondary contact for planned sample requirements and/or planned stability study requirements to be considered in the volume planning
  • Manage special packaging requests, repackaging, bulk pack for stability and/or clinical requests

Metrics Analysis/ Reporting: 20%

  • Collect, analyze, create/update, and report supply chain key business metrics (i.e. MPS/Lead time/ship fulfillment, product/shipment schedule adherence, work order timely closure, inventory metrics) on a required frequency (i.e. daily/weekly)
  • Analyze and communicate plant capacity to master planner(s) and/or global supply analyst(s), manage product conversions, and/or new production introductions independently
  • Reconcile and maintain code level inventory to meet business needs
  • Report all deviations from the committed timelines and raise the flag on any raw material limitations to the next level up

Business excellence/ Change Management: 10%

  • Lead continuous improvement projects and support initiatives within supply chain value stream
  • Participate in daily production QITs
  • Participate in BOM changes
  • May be required to perform other duties as assigned. Participate in daily production QITs and escalate supply chain issues to supply chain/planning lead
  • Participate in BOM changes
  • Participate as an active supply chain team member on plant project teams, clinical projects, tech transfer projects, and product launches
  • May be required to perform other duties as assigned


  • Living our leadership behaviors is a basic expectation for all Takeda employees. Takeda expects all employees to embody the following:

Leadership Behaviors

  • Be Positive
  • Be Accountable
  • Be Results Oriented
  • Be An Excellent Manager of Self and Others
  • Must be in line with Takeda values and competencies to be customer-focused, respectful, of high integrity, be open and honest, and excellent in execution
  • Must work independently and be self-motivated
  • Must have demonstrated team-oriented, process-oriented, and solution-oriented skills
  • Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office suite and Excel
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and multi-tasking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment in which priorities may rapidly change
  • Demonstrated experience in a biotech/pharmaceutical manufacturing environment with a solid understanding of cGMP requirements
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong supply planning skills of multiple complex product lines
  • Strong lean skill set in driving continuous improvement across the entire product value stream through teams
  • Strong MRP/ERP/JDE knowledge

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Work with MPs/global supply analysts, manufacturing and release to finalize detailed supply plan and meet the originally requested MPS. Elevate issues if MPS can’t be turned into an executable detailed plan to MPs/global supply analysts’ attention. If the issue can’t be resolved in a timely manner, elevate it to the supervisor/supply planning lead/supply chain lead
  • Report all deviations from the committed timelines to the next level up
  • Elevate any raw materials/components issues to the next level up
  • Review metrics and take action. If issues are not resolved escalate to the next level up

Education and/or experience:


  • Typically requires a bachelors' degree, preferably in business, operations or Supply Chain related field. 5+ years of related experience with some leadership experience preferred


  • Lean/six sigma certification preferred
  • APICS CSCP or CPIM certification preferred
  • ERP systems knowledge

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to lift, push, pull and carry up to 10 pounds routinely and/or move up to 35 pounds (with assistance) occasionally
  • In general, the position requires a combination of sedentary work and walking around observing conditions in the facility

Working Environment:

  • Must be able to work in controlled environments requiring special gowning
  • Follow gowning requirements and wear protective clothing over the head, face, hands, feet, and body
  • No make-up, jewelry, contact lenses, nail polish or artificial fingernails may be worn in the manufacturing environment
  • Will work in a cold, wet environment
  • Must be able to work multiple shifts, including weekends
  • Must be able to work overtime as required (only for non-exempt positions)
  • May be required to work in a confined area
  • Some Clean Room and cool/hot storage conditions
  • 5-10 % travel may be required to travel for business reasons (i.e. training, meetings, benchmarking, networking, etc.)

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