Production Planner

United Kingdom, Slough

Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

Due to continued growth we are seeking an experienced Scheduler to assist with resource and equipment scheduling of Project and Site activities across multiple departments.

The Production/Development Scheduler is responsible for proactively maintaining and continuously improving the production schedule of resource, equipment and materials within Cell Culture Development, Purification Development, Analytical Services, Process Analytics and Quality Control laboratories

Perform all duties to ensure the departmental schedules are accurate and communicated to all relevant departments to drive short term execution of plans.

Ensure all schedules are created respecting existing labour and asset capacities and achievable based on planned material availabilities.

Drive timely resolution of all scheduling conflicts with relevant stakeholders.

Key responsibilities:

  • Create, track and maintain the short term schedules to provide visibility to defined departments to drive short term execution of plans for labour and lab equiptment
  • Incorporate input from all relevant departments to ensure schedules are realistic within relevant constraints and latest information
  • Drive optimization of schedules by balancing demand priorities against optimal production sequencing and efficient resource (facility/suite, equipment, staff, materials etc.) utilization
  • Ensure all feedback regarding changes to existing plans/ projects is incorporated into schedules in a timely manner
  • Maintain detailed planning and scheduling parameters in planning system to allow optimal use of system scheduling functionality
  • Generate relevant KPI and operational measures to support identification of trends or root causing of sub-optimal performance
  • Maintain accurate production schedule, providing data for the MRP process to meet production demands
  • Review documents such as production schedules, work orders, and staffing tables to determine personnel and materials requirements, and material priorities
  • Monitor production data, including volume produced, consumption of raw materials, and quality control measures, using this information for Continuous Improvement activities such as maintenance of routings and BOM’s, increasing accuracy of production schedule and efficiency reporting

What we need you to have:

  • Challenges the status quo and looks for opportunities to make improvements in his/her area of the business and beyond
  • Embraces new initiatives and drives successful implementation
  • Works in partnership as an active member of team and cross- functional working groups
  • Proactively seeks to understand internal/external customer and market needs
  • Develops insights that can be used to enhance customer satisfaction or other metrics
  • Helps peers (and team) overcome performance obstacles and challenges
  • Secures buy-in from key stakeholders
  • Ensures delivery excellence for own goals
  • Ensures clear and direct 2-way communication within team and other organisations
  • Takes personal accountability for outcomes resulting from choices and behaviors of self and team
  • Ability to influence both Supply Chain and functional leaders to support production optimisation recommendations
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to define metrics (KPI’s) and identify issues through root cause analysis
  • Ability to use production scheduling systems
  • Competent using MS Office suite, particularly Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to utilise Business Intelligence systems to extract data and generate reports

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if not achieved ethically.  

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

Reference: R44954
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