Associate Director, Supply Planning

Location:  Cork, Ireland Category: Supply Chain


Associate Director of Supply Planning 
BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

BioMarin’s Technical Operations group is responsible for creating our drugs for use in clinical trials and for scaling production of those drugs for the commercial market. These engineers, technicians, scientists and support staff build and maintain BioMarin’s cutting-edge manufacturing processes and sites, provide quality assurance and quality control to ensure we meet regulatory standards, and procure the needed goods and services to support manufacturing and coordinating the worldwide movement of our drugs to patients. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.
The Associate Director of Supply Planning reports to the Executive Director of Global Planning and plays a key role within the Global Planning department. The Supply Planning team is responsible for converting the consensus demand forecast into production plans which provide optimal CMO and distribution center inventories and incorporate effective contingencies for appropriate risks and initiatives.  
The Associate Director of Supply Planning leads the Global Supply Planning team who support effective and efficient execution of BioMarin’s Technical Operations production planning activities. 
The Associate Director of Supply Planning will provide technical planning leadership and mentoring to the Supply Planning team.  This leader will be required to support and drive End to End process and system improvement projects in line with business needs and in turn employ change management skills as part of any project roll outs. 
BioMarin is a high-performing, team-based organization, where colleagues are flexible, multi-skilled and empowered to make decisions.   Excellent operational skills together with a high level of initiative, energy and motivation are key role requirements. 
Tactical & Strategic Contribution 
  • Lead, develop and support the execution of global end-to-end planning initiatives and projects
  • Lead the supply planning team through the implementation of new ERP system and the resultant role changes required by supply planners
  • Lead/support the execution of tactical and strategic goals & projects
  • Apply experience in implementing world class inventory control methodologies
  • Drive and implement supply planning best practices to meet current and future business needs
  • Responsible for all the deliverables associated with assigned initiatives, in conjunction with other assigned core team members
  • Design and facilitate change management plans for impacted functions where applicable
Analysis & Planning 
  • Work with subject matter expects and stakeholders to ensure that systems and processes are in place to support S&OP, rough cut, capacity, scenario & inventory planning
  • Support the development and reporting of performance metrics, root cause analysis, and executive updates, driving actions as required
  • Evaluate and operate integrated Supply Chain systems (e.g. ERP, APS) against business requirements and become an Key User / SME for these systems.
  • Work with business partners to implement optimal planning practices and behaviors
Leadership & Mentorship 
  • Recognized as global supply planning technical expert
  • Serve as functional expert in supply planning solution design and implementation
  • Provide technical Planning leadership and mentorship to the Global Supply Planning team
  • Positively challenge and influence peers and senior management to deliver timely results and optimization of E2E supply chain
  • Effective leadership of cross-functional teams
The Associate Director of Supply Planning will play a key role in optimizing cash, reducing costs and maximizing customer service 
  • Tactical and strategic contribution to the Global Supply Planning team
  • Lead and/or support global supply planning initiatives
  • Technical leadership and mentorship
The Associate Director of Supply Planning plays a key people leadership role defining strategy for supply planning team and ensuring execution of the team’s goals and objectives. This crucial role is also a member of both the wider site and global BioMarin supply chain community and participates in network initiatives and efforts, including improving governance, and delivering supply chain strategic objectives. 
  • Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree is preferred
  • APICS certification (CPIM, CRIM, CSCP) preferred
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint required
  • Operational Excellence, Lean Process development, Six Sigma tools and techniques are desirable
  • Experience with ERP systems required, Oracle/SAP experience is preferred
  • Minimum 13 years progressive global supply chain experience with recent experience in supply network planning.
  • Proven record of strong people management required with a bias toward talent development and growth
  • Successful candidates must have demonstrated experience in leading, developing and coaching teams.
  • 10 years’ experience in a pharmaceutical manufacturing organization, biotech preferred
  • Strong background working with supply chain systems, processes and tools.
  • Experience working with advanced planning systems (APS) and optimization tools
  • Working knowledge of current GxP regulations
  • Successful candidates must have demonstrated experience in leading medium to large planning related projects
  • Demonstrated ability to partner with peers, senior management and other functional groups to achieve business objectives required
  • Ability to multi-task in a rapidly changing work environment - ability to balance and prioritize multiple projects and initiatives
  • Superior communication skills – oral, written and formal presentation skills with senior management, middle management and line staff
  • Strong relationship building skills – collaborates effectively with others
  • Self-motivated with drive, enthusiasm and commitment
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.