Operations Planning Specialist

Hiring Request Post Information* : Posted Date 2 months ago(2024/4/2 15:39)
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Hovione is an independent family owned international group of companies. From the beginning, we have set ourselves above and apart through our innovative technological and productive capabilities, reaching a top spot in the world market as an integrated Contract Development and Manufacturing Company dedicated to helping Pharmaceutical Customers bring new and off-patent drugs to market.


Our people are the main asset for our continued success. Reaching over 1950 team members, from 36 different nationalities, that are located across Asia, Europe and North America (Portugal, US, Macao, Ireland, China, Hong Kong, Japan, India, and Switzerland), including 4 production sites.


Working at Hovione means reaching for innovation and excellence in everything we do: for our clients, our partners and, above all, our patients. That is why we are In it for life.

You will be responsible to:

Promote one single source of truth, data highly reliable and up to date, best in class tools and practices to enhance productivity and the ability to manage costs. Facilitate cross-functional Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP, mid-term horizon) and Execution (short-term horizon) processes to create tensions and deliver best compromises in terms of supply response to demand forecast. Establish plans with appropriate granularity and firmness depending on horizons (mid, short-term horizons and execution), providing supply scenarios to demand, considering production and support areas capability and the best efficiency of resources' usage (people, equipment and materials), based on demonstrated performance.


- Create shift detailed schedule (30) / weekly plan (H90 & H700) for the whole portfolio to answer demand, having into account production and support areas constraints

- Review and analyze the allocated resources (human resources, materials and/or processes) to comply with plan

- Anticipate and monitor potential scheduling/planning and data management challenges, taking actions to mitigate risks; troubleshoots scheduling /planning / data problems; facilitates and actively contributes to H700H90 and H90H30 meetings; communicate and align alternative scenarios with other areas as defined in Planning and Data policies

- Optimize the plan, ensuring the existence of resources for the continuous production and maximizing efficiency

- Work in collaboration with Operational Excellence to drive consistency of recipes activities sequencing, standards/load factors definition and update;

- Monitor performance and apply action plans to improve result of KPI's related to Planning/Scheduling process, mainly: Plan Adherence, Campaign Lead Time Adherence, Batch Execution Adherence, Batch Finish Date Adherence, Shift Performance, BOM accuracy, Routing accuracy, Work Location accuracy, Master Data and Supporting Accuracy

- Create periodically reports detailing the status of critical activities of on-going projects and KPIs

- Promote one single source of truth, data highly reliable and up to date, best in class tools and practices

- Ensure all assigned tasks are properly planned and delivered on time, safely, efficiently, reliably and in a cost-effective manner

- Propose improvements to the area as appropriate and solve problems

- Make quality and timely decisions within the operations planning and data management tasks under her / his responsibility

- Gather relevant data to inform the decision makers regarding complex issues

- Collaborate in the investigation of events and propose corrective actions/preventive actions for deviations

- Carry out assigned tasks and duties in a safe manner, in accordance with instructions, and to comply with environmental, health & safety rules/procedures, regulations and codes of practice.

- Execute professional activities in compliance with GMP and HSE guidelines, internal and external requirements as well as promote the implementation and maintenance of Hovione´s policies, systems and procedures (COPs, HBR, SOPs and others)

We are looking to recruit a Candidate:

- University, or equivalent, Business or scientific field (mandatory)

- Typically requires 3-5 years of relevant experience in operations planning in the GMP environment

- Experience within Hovione in production or process development (desired) or industry (preferably in production)

- Strong understanding and knowledge of operations planning in manufacturing

- Ability to work within SAP management system, namely “Production Planning”

- Knowledge of planning tools (Microsoft Project, SchedulePro)

- Knowledge of cGMP in terms of API, Intermediate Drug Product (IDP) and Drug Product manufacturing (desired)

- Must have the Knowledge, Experience and Skills to conduct their tasks in accordance with the rules and procedures set down.

- Fluency in English is a requirement

- Computer literate with good working knowledge of the MS Office package


Hovione is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer


Inclusion and diversity are key to us. At Hovione, that means a work environment where differences are valued, and everyone is treated with fairness and respect. We want all our team members worldwide to feel supported, respected, and have the opportunity to achieve their full potential, regardless of their age, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation or ethnicity.


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