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Demand Planner

  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Carlow
  • Sector: Other
  • Date posted: 24/01/2018
  • Job reference: J380490A

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Demand Planner

Demand Planner required to join a leading biopharmaceutical manufacturing company in Carlow.

Responsible for all aspects of production planning and detailed scheduling to support customer requirements, while managing inventory/capacity constraints utilizing SAP and Orchestrate tools and providing input into the site capacity planning model. Ensure that objectives are effectively achieved, consistent with company requirements to ensure compliance, safety and reliable supply to our customers.


  • Preparation of Production plan (3-month fixed plan and 0-7 day finite plan) for the site to ensure continuous supply of product to meet customer demand.
  • Create, update and maintain production plans for the site. Ensure any changes, and the rationale for those changes, are communicated to customers and stakeholder for agreement. Ensure contingency plans are in place to support unplanned adjustments to schedules or changes in demand, to facilitate early impact assessment of planned and unplanned changes.
  • Manage the Production plan by direct liaison and interaction with the demand planners and IPT operations and Technical Engineering. Consistently update systems, based on demand changes and complete process orders and identifying special requirements prior to Process Order release.
  • Establish and maintain best practice planning and execution systems and methodologies, using Lean Six Sigma principles, whilst supporting the site usage of SAP and Orchestrate; be an active participant in the Global SAP PPDS Community of Practice.
  • Complete root cause analysis of system failures using standard tools and methods, to resolve any system issues e.g. FMEA, Fishbone diagrams, 5 why's etc.; oversee and implement subsequent corrective action through the change management system. Input to cross functional meetings regarding process improvement or introduction of new processes.
  • Format, write, deliver and review documentation in line with the standard approval process, and facilitate others to do so. Documents will include SOP's, SWI's, training materials, change controls.
  • Drive compliance with company Global Policies, Procedures and Guidelines, regulatory requirements and execute current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) in the performance of day to day activities and all applicable job functions
  • Work collaboratively to drive a safe and compliant culture in Carlow


  • Bachelor Degree in a Science/Engineering related discipline or equivalent is required
  • Previous experience is required in the planning organisation of the Pharmaceutical industry. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and strong understanding of Pharmaceutical GMP systems are essential.
  • SAP knowledge and experience required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and job related computer applications required
  • Knowledge of regulatory/code requirements to Irish, European and International Codes, Standards and Practices
  • Lean Six Sigma Methodology experience desired
  • Knowledge of SAP APO
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Trouble shooting skills
  • Strong change management skills & Negotiation skills

For more information, contact Paul on 01 6455250 or email