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Lab Planner

Supply Chain & Logistics
Adam Cambridge
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Job Reference: JO-2101-65516_1609771735



The Lab Planner is accountable for the effective and efficient running of all planning operations in the QC/QO Labs function.


  • Be customer focused by driving the long term and short-term capacity plans for the Labs, through preparation, analysis and communication.

  • Review long-term forecasts with the Labs to identify and mitigate possible capacity/material issues, analyzing rough-cut capacity plans and recommend appropriate action. Analysis will incorporate key activity elements including cost drivers and resource utilization.

  • Have a working knowledge of the daily scheduling tools in the lab (e.g. the "rhythm wheels") and is working with the operations team and planners to continually improve this system (& seamlessly integrate with the capacity planning model)

  • Develop the Lab capacity plans for the Annual Budget Planning process. This activity will incorporate resource planning. Ensure continual alignment to plan and delivery of targets. Deviations to plan must be analyzed from Customer, resource, activity and cost perspective.

  • Cycle time reduction, delivery performance and schedule adherence.

  • Be a driver in new product introduction activities, shutdown planning, tracking key milestones to enable successful execution of planned initiatives.

  • Identify and plan potential laboratory bottlenecks and propose resolutions to ensure continued laboratory capability.

  • Recognize and implement continuous improvement activities to increase flexibility, eliminate waste, reduce cycle times and cost while maintaining product supply to internal and external customers.

  • Ensure supply of high quality product through tactical planning and execution of production schedules.


  • Degree or 3rd level qualification (Science, Engineering, Supply Chain).

  • Desirable evidence of Continuous Professional Development.

  • Preference for Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in more than one pharmaceutical and/or chemical manufacturing operation (e.g. manufacturing, quality, engineering, etc).

  • At least 5 years' experience in the Pharmaceutical industry or a similar operating environment with experience in lab operations and/or a planning role in an operations environment.

  • Knowledge of and experience in applying Six Sigma and Lean methodologies.

  • Demonstrated leadership and change management skills with a continuous improvement focus.

  • Demonstrated ability to fully realize improvement initiatives.

  • Demonstrated successes in a team environment, such as project teams, Six Sigma team, etc.

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