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Strategic Demand and Operations Planner

Requisition Number: P10247

Region: US
State: Wisconsin
City: Hudson


Working within the Operational Excellence department, the Strategic Demand & Operations Planner works with our manufacturing facility-level staff to coordinate, standardize, and aggregate their demand and capacity plans into an integrated system.

  • Ensure adequate resources are efficiently
    planned and available to support customer demand across the
    Phillips-Medisize footprint.
  • Collaborate with business leaders to develop priorities across topics including manufacturing footprint, capacity planning, supply chain capabilities, and sales and operations planning
  • Model the impact of new business awards, sales opportunities, and growth initiatives on capacity and footprint globally across the organization
  • Ensure capacity analysis is accurate to the equipment level and reflects the capital requirements for each site. Provides CAPEX support to site operations.
  • Collaborate with site leadership teams to ensure capacity analysis flows seamlessly from the capacity plan to press and assembly level scheduling.
  • Improve the organization's forecasting and planning capabilities by identifying and integrating multiple data sources, including customer forecasts, market growth rates, and competitive analysis
  • Develop and launch capacity expansion and contraction initiatives as warranted by business and market requirements; recommend alternative sites, presses, and tools as appropriate
  • Build tools and capabilities to monitor and plan capacity as an integrated part of business-as-usual at Phillips-Medisize
  • Support corporate-wide planning initiatives and develop company’s capabilities through training and collaboration at the plant-level
  • Support acquisition due diligence focused on operations, as warranted by deal flow
  • Some programs may have vision requirements
  • Extended travel to other facilities may be required to support business needs

Qualifications - Education & Experience

  • BA/BS degree in Business, Statistical Analysis, Engineering with med device/drug delivery  or manufacturing focus; MBA preferred  
  • Minimum 2-3+ years of operations planning and analytical experience, preferably gained in healthcare manufacturing to assure familiarity with applicable regulatory environment
  • Demonstrated experience with finite capacity planning, including a working familiarity with BOM and routing structures from manufacturing to marketing levels. 
  • Working knowledge of Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), preferably with experience in leading demand or supply reviews and/or MBR's. 
  • Experience in plastic injection molding manufacturing environment and/or with healthcare/ medical products advantageous.
  • Experience in the use and application of ERP systems in the context of capacity/production planning in a manufacturing environment (preferred)
  • APICS Certification (preferred)
  • Experience in the application of Lean/Continuous Improvement methodologies including extended value stream mapping and optimizing the flow of raw, WIP and FG inventories across multiple sites. 

Qualifications - Skills & Competencies

  • Leadership skills including ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Critical thinking skills to solve the toughest business problems through a combination of strategic framing,data driven analysis and business instincts
  • Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written. 
  • Presentation of fact based discussions with senior management
  • Financial modeling experience including an understanding of both operating levers and capital investments/ expenditures. Advanced knowledge of MS Excel and practical applications in modeling, e.g. capacity utilization forecasts, ROI/NPI calculations, etc.
  • Comfortable understanding scientific/ technical content and translating it into business implications
  • Ability to work autonomously across multiple initiatives
  • Gravitas to interact with functional leaders across the management team – operations, legal, finance, HR, etc.


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