Pfizer Supply Chain Planner External Supply (1 year contract) in Zaventem, Belgium

DEPARTMENT External Supply is part of Pfizer Global Supply and Global Supply Chain organization and is responsible for managing the product flow from external suppliers to the different markets.

The Supply Chain Planner External Supply is responsible for planning and ordering products as necessary to meet the conditions of the Supply Chain Agreement with the markets. Products in scope are pharmaceutical products which are manufactured by external manufacturers in the Europe/Africa/Middle East region. The supply chain planner manage the supply chain between the markets and the external contract manufacturers as well as the inbound flows to the external contract manufacturers in case of tolling (for API's or Semi finished goods SFG).

MAIN ACCOUNTABILITIES: Customer Focus

  • Capture demand forecast using mainly global supply chain systems and processes. For specific products/markets ad-hoc systems and processes will have to be used.

  • Analyze the demand forecast to capture significant trends and changes. Review the trends and changes with the demand management function in the market. Identify potential issues due to significant forecast changes and develop appropriate and effective preventive, corrective or mitigating actions.

  • Process the demand forecast into a delivery forecast in accordance with the supply agreement with the external manufacturer, and the supply chain agreement with the market

  • Periodically communicate the updated delivery forecast to the external manufacturer, and review the forecast with them.

  • Issue purchase orders for delivery of product as needed to meet the conditions of the supply chain agreement and of the supply agreement. Secure timely approval of purchase orders.

  • Monitor delivery, transit and if applicable local release of product until the product is available for distribution in the market.

  • For new products / new articles (SKU's) :

  • Monitor and coordinate all activities necessary to achieve timely launch, e.g. artwork initiation, artwork approval, regulatory approval.

  • Issue purchase orders and monitor production and delivery planning to secure timely delivery and release in line with the launch plan

  • Inform the market, and the relevant function at Global Logistics & Supply (regional and/or brand supply manager) of expected major supply issues in a timely way, including root cause of the issue, actions being taken for resolution, and expected resolution date.

  • Elevate significant, or potentially significant supply issues to the Planning Manager and the relevant Operations Manager and contribute to a joint action plan for resolution or mitigation.

  • Review the supply chain agreements with the markets on an annual basis to secure continued optimization of inventory and supply parameters.

  • Manage the supply chain flows of the inbound products to the contract manufacturer.

Financial

  • Collect, consolidate, verify and communicate forecasted volumes per article to be used in the operational plan (budget)

  • Periodically (quarterly) review the demand forecast to detect important deviations from the information used for the operational plan (budget). Inform External Supply Finance of detected relevant volume changes.

  • Secure formal agreement with the market about the level of, and the responsibility for the cost of obsolete materials resulting from implementation of an artwork change.

People

  • Organize and execute tasks and activities based upon Operational Excellence principles. Use Opex methods and tools to solve issues, eliminate inefficiencies and continuously improve the quality and the effectiveness of the work.

  • Be back up for one of the other supply chain planners in the planning team in their absence.

Internal Processes

  • Determine and agree modalities for implementation of artwork changes with the market and with the contract manufacturer; coordinate and manage implementation of new artwork.

  • Set up (new article/new launch) and update article information in the supply chain systems:

  • Set up the systems for new articles, or provide the necessary information and data to the relevant support function. Monitor and verify timely and correct set-up.

  • Update article information with new/changed information, or provide update information to the relevant support function and monitor and verify timely and correct set-up.

  • Continuously update the global systems with information about planned and initiated deliveries.

  • Generate periodic standard reports containing supply performance and inventory situation, review the reports to detect issues, potential issues, and develop appropriate and effective corrective or mitigating actions.

  • Monitor current and projected inventory of tolled materials (Active Product Ingredient + Semi Finished) at contract manufacturers, to detect potential unavailability situations and initiate/change re-supply as necessary.

  • Manage the supply chain inbound flows to the contract manufacturer

  • Follow up and communicate on timely availability of API's/SFG in accordance with supply chain agreements with the API/SFG suppliers and contract manufacturers and where needed adjust the supply plan in accordance with the supply chain situation,

  • Detect changes/trends in forecast and inventory and contact API/SFG suppliers and/or contract manufactures for further explanation when needed,

  • Secure timely issuance and approval of purchase orders and where relevant, follow-up availability of relevant shipping documentation from API/SFG suppliers to contract manufacturers,

  • Follow-up with contract manufacturers of new API / SFG supply chains and secure first order at the API supplier's planning in accordance with launch plan,

  • Inform the contract manufacturers of expected major supply issues in a timely way, including root cause of the issue, actions being taken for resolution, and expected resolution date and elevate to Supply Chain Manager.

  • Review the supply chain agreements with the API/SFG suppliers on an annual basis to secure continued optimization of inventory and supply parameters

  • In the area of inventory management the Supply Chain planner will be responsible to:

  • Verify and critically review toll reports received from ES suppliers in view of ES bill of materials (BOM) and standard/actual consumption,

  • Reconcile tolling quantity and calculate, post & review resulting MUVs and P&L entries monthly,

  • Make the toll inventory reconciliation sheet for audit purposes, analyze tolling inventories and take corrective action if needed,

  • Collect, consolidate, verify and communicate forecasted API volumes per article to be used in the operational plan (budget),

  • Periodically review the API demand forecast and inventory targets to detect important deviations from the information used for the operational plan (budget). Inform ES Finance of detected relevant changes.

  • Update article information with new/changed BOM information, or provide update BOM information to the relevant support function and monitor and verify timely and correct set-up.

  • Monitor current and projected inventory of tolled materials (API + SF) at contract manufacturers, to detect potential issues, slow moving, overstocking and unavailability situations and initiate/change action as necessary.

SKILL REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum Bachelor degree ( Economics, Trade or Management) or equivalent trough experience;

  • Minimum 5 years working experience in a Supply Chain environment; Minimum two years experience in a planning environment of a production plant, preferably in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and at least one other major European language;

  • Very good knowledge of planning tools and related reporting tools (Business Intelligence Tools).

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including a demonstrated ability to participate in teams.

  • Well developed interpersonal skills (team member, integrity, flexibility, creativity).

  • Experience in projects that require collaborative approaches, strong analytical skills & solid ability to understand business issues and processes.

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.