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Amgen Specialist Scheduler in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

Specialist Scheduler


The Specialist Scheduler is a key member of the Operations Planning Team working in the Supply Chain Organisation at Amgen Dun Laoghaire. The Planning team provides daily & weekly schedules/plans to the Vial & Syringe Filling Plants, Inspection Plant & Packing Plant plus plan the activities of the Maintenance Technical teams that supports those Plants.

The Specialist Scheduler is responsible for the co-ordination of Manufacturing, Inspection & Packaging planning activities to optimise material flow and processes in support of internal and external customer needs in the Patient Supply Organisation. This position works closely with the Operations, Maintenance, Engineering and Supply Chain at an operational level to provide schedule priorities, ensuring daily & weekly schedules are executed to plan. They will engage with internal customers to support their efforts to solve complex problems and improve performance.

Specific Areas of Responsibility include:

Key tasks of this role include:

  • Creation and continuous review of finite schedules (plan) for Manufacturing, Inspection & Packaging through the translation of the Master Production Schedule.

  • Build strong relationships with key stakeholders such as Supply Chain Planners, Maintenance Process Planners, Calibration, Validation, Process Development & Engineering to appropriately schedule commercial & non-commercial requests (for line or equipment time such as PMs, calibrations, validations etc)

  • Responsible for reviewing new production demand and its impact on the current plan

  • Effectively communicating the production plan to internal departments highlighting any changes to the plan as required

  • Highlighting and resolving any issues that arise in the plan in a timely manner

  • Attend daily production meetings. Liaise with Production personnel daily to optimize run time.

  • Own the finite scheduling processes chairing appropriate planning meetings.

  • Develop, maintain, analyze and publish KPI's relevant to Finite Scheduling process plus maintain a measurement system for reasons behind delays to finite schedule

  • Collaborates with external partners in understanding reasons for any schedule misses and what recovery plans are being put in place.

  • Highlight any future/upcoming capacity constraints and actively resolve these with relevant department leads

  • Lead or take part in CI projects in this area that improve the business

  • Is an influential team member, fully motivated to achieve & demonstrate best practices in line with the department objectives.

  • Performs other duties as assigned. Will include participating in special projects as identified.

Experience / Competencies / Skills:

  • +7 years’ experience in a similar position is essential.

  • Experience in GxP environments essential ideally in an Aseptic Manufacturing Plant, Inspection & Packaging.

  • Experience in an Engineering/Sciences/Analytics/Supply Chain role is required.

  • Experience in a Pharmaceutical or Biologics Manufacturer with a lean manufacturing-environment is an advantage.

  • Demonstrated experiences of problem-solving and process improvements activities.

  • Proven project management skills with demonstrated ability to execute and manage complex projects and programs.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.

  • Proven analytical thinking, results orientation and problem solving skills.

  • Strong presentations skills are required.

  • Experience implementing Continuous Improvement methodologies and programs such as Six Sigma, DMAIC, and /or Lean Manufacturing.

  • Experience in developing metrics & KPI’s that measure key business processes.

  • Ability to make disciplined decisions.

  • Experience with regulated environments (i.e. cGMP, OSHA, EPA) required.

  • Strong computer skills and advanced expertise in MS packages including Excel, Visio & Project and Minitab.

  • Knowledge of Scheduling Software tool such as VirtECS, SAP and Rapid response is desirable.

  • Can successfully operate in a matrix or team environment within Site.

  • Ability to partner with stakeholders on priorities and achievements.

  • Ability to influence at all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to work to tight deadlines in a fast-moving environment .

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with limited supervision.

  • Positive mental attitude and ability to perform a multitude of tasks simultaneously with a helpful, friendly attitude.

  • Thrives in a culture of high performing and Continuous Improvement.

The extent and speed of change in the delivery of services is such that adaptability is essential to this level of appointment. The post holder will be required to maintain, enhance and develop their knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary to respond to changing situations. Therefore, this Job Description is an outline of the current broad areas of responsibility and accountability and should not be regarded as a comprehensive listing. It will be reviewed and updated in line with future needs.

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