Planner/Buyer at AstraZeneca

Posted in Other 14 days ago.

Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland





Job Description:

Do you have a passion for Science? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!


At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you're our kind of person.



About AstraZeneca in Gaithersburg, MD:



Our Gaithersburg, Maryland facility creates life-changing medicines for people around the world. This campus employs more than 3,500 experts in our field and is only a short drive from Washington, DC. This modern and vibrant scientific campus is the home of R&D and Oncology in the US. Here, we play host to some of the most innovative technology and lab spaces, all designed to inspire teamwork and cross-functional science. We believe employees benefit from being challenged and inspired at work. We are dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion and collaboration.


The Gaithersburg site offers a variety of amenities to help boost efficiency and help keep our employees happy and healthy. This includes a fitness center, employee healthcare clinic, electric vehicle charging stations, dry cleaning, full-service cafeteria and copy center. This is where you'll find newly-designed, activity-based work spaces to suit a variety of working styles while growing collaboration between teams.



Summary of the group



The Materials Management team is responsible for the planning, procurement, and distribution of GMP raw materials required for the production of Clinical trial materials. The team is composed of Buyers/Planners and Inventory Control Specialists. Some of the key responsibilities of the team are material master data creation and maintenance, shipping drug substances, cost analysis, cost reduction, trouble-shooting supply issues, and New Material Introduction (NMI) which includes ensuring materials are suited for the intended purpose, leading the supplier qualification process, and authoring master specifications.



Main Duties & Responsibilities



  • Responsible for Material Requirement Planning (MRP) Using SAP PP and MM modules in the Gaithersburg clinical development facility

  • Review and respond to raw material exceptions, review and update planning parameters in SAP Material Master (MM) as historical usage changes

  • Responsible for procurement and management of raw material inventory to support clinical campaigns, work with suppliers on handling raw material dock dates, and escalating potential material shortage promptly, maintain inventory carrying cost that is in line with the established department goal

  • Must have a sound knowledge of Bill of Materials (BOMs) and manufacturing recipes, load and validate BOMs

  • Authors raw material specification, Rationale of Specification (ROS), SOPs, Change controls, and deviations in AZ's Enterprise Content Management System (ECMS)

  • Analyze historical data and forecast




Education & Experience Requirements:



  • BA/BS (preferably a degree in Supply Chain Management, Materials Management, Operations Management, Industrial engineering, Biology, Biotechnology, or other Scientific disciplines)

  • At least 3 years of direct Supply Chain Planning experience or 2 years of experience in Supply Chain Planning specifically for Clinical trial materials, Biotechnology, or Pharmaceuticals.




Required Skills



  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of supply chain management techniques and material requirement planning

  • Able to work independently without appreciable direction

  • Identifies and optimally communicates complex problems and solutions

  • Ability to develop collaborative relationships and build effective teams

  • Comfortable with ambiguity and changing priorities

  • Intermediate to Advance level of Microsoft Excel

  • Strong SAP knowledge

  • Excellent Communication Skills




Desired Skills



  • cGMP experience

  • Supervisory experience

  • Experience with lean- six sigma and other operational excellence methodologies

  • APICS certification

  • MBA preferred

  • Manufacturing Experience




Why AstraZeneca?



At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognising their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we're opening new ways to work, groundbreaking innovative methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.



So, what's next!



Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and we hope it's yours.



Where can I find out more?



Our Social Media, Follow AstraZeneca on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/1603/


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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.
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