External Operations Planner

United States, Morristown (New Jersey)

External Operations Planner

What makes YOU different?

Lonza Specialty Ingredients (LSI) combines technological innovation with world class manufacturing and process excellence.  Together, these enable our customers to deliver their discoveries in key areas:

Microbial Control Solutions serves consumer and technical markets by safeguarding resources and peoples’ wellbeing. We are a trusted and innovative supplier of microbial control solutions and chemical technologies used in a wide range of industrial and consumer solutions. Our vast product portfolio of microbial control and chemical technologies offer quality products backed by technical and regulatory expertise, meeting our customers’ current and future needs.

Specialty Chemical Services provides solutions for composite materials and processing additives for technically demanding industries, such as electronics, transportation and aerospace. We also provide performance intermediates & chemicals for many industrial applications, such as agro intermediates, food & feed ingredients, cosmetics, non-current good manufacturing practices (non-cGMP) intermediates, and custom development & manufacturing.

Lonza Specialty Ingredients (LSI) is looking for an External Operations Planner for our Morristown, NJ office. This role balances supply and demand for dedicated toll produced, and purchased for resale products, in close collaboration with all relevant stakeholders while utilizing LSI standard planning systems.

You will be the point of contact for tollers, customer service group, quality, and sponsoring plants for all escalations and inquires.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Establish Manage and Maintain Contract Manufacturing & Purchase for resale relationships with key external operations partners.

  • SAP Planning and execution of the supply plan in line with Market Service Level forecasts and inventory targets.

  • Plan, create, change, and complete purchase orders within SAP.

  • Sets-up, monitors, and maintains Master Data to optimal levels to achieve supply chain goals.

  • Contributes to the supply/demand meetings at the sponsoring plants, to identify optimized service level for delivery of LSI products to customers

  • Owns MSL (market service level) for all outbound shipments from tollers and warehouses in scope.

  • Conducts monthly Supply Demand meeting with tollers and warehouses to review schedule, capacity, and constraints.  Escalates these to Master Planners for action

  • Management of Days of Supply of finished goods based on inventory targets and safety stock set by the Supply Chain Leadership

  • Development of Standard Operating Procedures for all tollers for the planning and execution of goods

  • Management of Excess & Obsolete finished goods, raw materials, bulk and work in process based on demand fluctuations to mitigate excess by cancellation, deferrals or reductions

  • Perform monthly or quarterly inventory reconciliations with assigned CM sites to ensure inventory accuracy

  • Establish productive and dynamic working relationship with cross-functional partners, maintaining regular associations through meetings and communication

  • SAP /Labeling set up and support as required

Key Requirements:

  • BS in Business Management required or MS in Supply Chain Management

  • 5-7 years experience in Supply Chain required

  • SAP knowledge required

  • Certification Preferred: APICS - CPIM

  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to define metrics (KPI’s) and identify issues through root cause analysis

  • Expert in MS Office suite, particularly Excel and PowerPoint

A major part of the heritage of LSI is being able to deliver unique solutions to its customers. Being the driving force behind this approach – listening, asking, understanding to match the right elements in a new way has been an inherent part of our day-to-day business. Always with the goal to enable a competitive advantage for each customer with a specific product, package or solution.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reference: R31827