Shire Master Planner in Lessines (Baxalta), Belgium


Responsible for creating the master production schedule, coordinating the production, allocation and distribution of commercial and/or clinical products from the manufacturing plant to the regions. Require the ability to balance plant efficiency, patient requirements and financial needs of the company. Need to understand and communicate the impact of supply plan deviations as well as determine and recommend the best course of action.


  • Supervise a team of supply chain analysts and their activities. Develop a high performing team thru goal setting, driving results and accountability, providing appropriate, frequent, and timely feedback on performance to the direct reports, coaching, developing, rewarding, and recognizing. Ensure workload is balanced among different team members and make necessary adjustments as needed – 20%

  • Generate and maintain the Master Production Schedule (MPS) at all manufacturing steps from BDS/Paste to shipping respecting manufacturing constraints and market needs – 15%

  • Participate in projects to ensure long term market supply, support launch management activities and support the lifecycle management of existing products. Expedite and support activities as necessary for geographical expansion of the company’s products – 5%

  • Interaction with Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) and commercial leads to ensure alignment of the supply/demand vs. market needs – 5%

  • Support the Long Range Capacity Planning (LRCP) process – 5%

  • Act as the link from supply chain to stakeholders in manufacturing, project management, finance, quality, process science, regulatory and the market in order to meet established business goals. Align with manufacturing on capacity usage and provide input for budget/forecast cycles – 5%

  • Ensure that plant and field inventory levels are on target in order to meet customer service levels. Identify and resolve excess, slow moving and obsolete inventory issues – 5%

  • Propose product reserve for short shelf life products that have high potential discard risk – 5%

  • Coordinate with manufacturing, quality, regulatory and sales and operations planning to resolve bottlenecks in supply. Identify corrective actions and follow-up on implementation of actions. Prioritize and expedite product releases – 5%

  • Monitor execution against agreed upon supply plans and resolve and communicate any deviations from the plan to relevant stakeholder – 5%

  • Regularly maintain planning parameters in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Advanced Planning Systems (APS) in order to guarantee accurate monthly planning results – 5%

  • Work on continuous improvement of supply chain planning tool(s) (setup maintenance, report generation and the overall planning process) – 5%

  • Ensure Value Stream Map (VSM) follow up for one-site-products and own multi-site VSMs – 5%

  • Submit data and comments for creation of supply chain Key Performance Indicators (KPI)/reports – 5%

  • Support usage and implementation of globally harmonized planning processes – 5%


Master (or PhD) in Business Administration, Industrial Engineering or Business Informatics preferably with focus on Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Operations Research, Production Planning, Project Management or other related fields.

Minimum of 2 years experience to lead a team.

3-5 year experience in production or supply chain planning (pharmaceutical industry) or related fields

Language skills: English (excellent)

Excellent MS Office skills

Outstanding business acumen as well as commercial and financial understanding

Outstanding written, oral and interpersonal communication and presentation skills

APICS certification preferred but not required

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