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Planning & Scheduling Specialist

A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 58,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in Healthcare, Life Science and Electronics. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. MilliporeSigma is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.  
US employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to your start date unless an accommodation is granted by The Company. The Company uses the definition of "fully vaccinated" assigned by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention for purposes of considering satisfaction of this requirement which is a condition of employment.
Your Role:  MilliporeSigma has an opening for a Planning & Scheduling Specialist at our St. Louis location! This position is a mid- level planning position within the Production Planning organization of Supply Chain. You will work closely with forecasting, operations planning, and procurement planning functions. This will involve reviewing and adjusting demands at a global and local level, compiling long and short-term capacity plans, and ensuring supply chain planning designs are set to achieve global service and inventory objectives. A P&S specialist is responsible for between $5M and $50M in total inventory. This position does not include direct reports and will be a hybrid position. 
  • Create operational schedules based on throughput, customer service, and all other company and/or departmental goals
  • Test and implement models for scheduling operations
  • Lead and/or assist process improvement initiatives
  • Adjust forecast, safety stock parameters and work with the sales group to incorporate customer demands into the planning system
  • Compiles' reports and metrics to ensure business has accurate feedback loops on performance to objectives
  • Reviews long term plans to ensure capacity requirements are understood and met
  • Use SAP APO or other scheduling software techniques to optimize production schedules
  • Analyze planned orders, requirements, and system designs with a view to global MilliporeSigma supply chain impact. Converts planned orders to purchase requisitions or process orders as vital
  • Identify scheduling constraints and test various methods and strategies in order to reduce or eliminate those constraints (i.e. bulk size, availability, fill time, warehouse space) 
  • Ensure a balanced load of work for production while allowing for flexibility with Bulk/Spec orders and minimizing WIP to ensure low cycle times
  • Work closely with purchasing and production to ensure bulk availability and packaging requirements including supplies 
  • Work with global planning teams as needed to ensure planning designs and requirements are coordinated across the entire supply chain
  • Analyze inventory and forecast status in order to provide superior customer service
  • Analyzes reports and participates in projects to eliminate back orders, optimize inventory, and increase customer service.
  • Frequently explain SAP Planning policies and functions including how and why requirements are generated to personnel not necessarily familiar with that part of business
  • Maintain and audit key SAP planning master data. Including, lot size, lead time, MRP controllers, special procurement keys, schedule margin key and purchasing type
  • Must develop excellent understanding of sophisticated processes from beginning to end and all steps in detail in order to perform trouble shooting and process improvement effectively
Who you are: 
Basic Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Mathematics, Supply Chain Management, or related discipline 
  • 2+ years of experience in supply chain, forecasting or planning/scheduling 
Preferred Qualifications:  
  • 2+ years of experience in moving material through the product delivery cycle, and/or data analysis  
  • Certification from APICs  
  • Strong digital literacy (Word, Excel, Access, etc.) 
  • ISO standards (in relation to preparing documents) 
  • Basic scheduling techniques and material requirements planning knowledge 
  • Mathematical, organizational, spreadsheet, word processing, database management, problem solving, communication, attention to detail, teamwork, training, and leadership 
  • Ability to work independently and make sure to meet target dates 
  • Ability to communicate at different levels of the business 
  • High sense of urgency 
  • Extremely organized and detail oriented 
  • Good judgment and analytical skills