Operations Planning Manager

Hiring Request Post Information* : Posted Date 1 month ago(2023/2/23 16:09)
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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:

Facilitate cross-functional Sales and Operations Planning and Execution processes in terms of supply response to demand forecast. Establish plans, 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.


  • Anticipate and monitor potential scheduling/planning/data management challenges, taking actions to mitigate risks; troubleshoots scheduling / planning /data problems; facilitates and actively contributes to cross functional meetings; communicate and align alternative scenarios with other areas as defined in Planning and Data policies.
  • Mentor and develop the team, to achieve the objectives of the business in terms of individual performance, supply planning and sustainability.
  • Support the New Product Introduction and Sales process through capacity planning and the creation of planning gantts for proposed slots for new business.
  • Work closely with Global & site Procurement team to ensure continuity of Raw material supply for site manufacturing.
  • Partner with other areas within Hovione to identify efficiency improvements in planning, scheduling and data management, guaranteeing its implementation.
  • 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/Data 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 & Supporting Accuracy;
  • Create and communicate reports detailing the status of critical activities of on-going projects and KPIs.
  • Propose and implement revisions on the planning, scheduling and data management processes used, guaranteeing an increased efficiency in operations planning.
  • Create training modules in planning, scheduling and data management and conduct training sessions targeted at junior TMs and other areas within organization.
  • Manage complex projects/ analysis with significant impact on business.
  • Manage risk and uncertainty; anticipate and escalate roadblocks in order to prevent deviations to the goals.
  • Execute professional activities in compliance with GMP and HSE guidelines.
  • Deputise for Supply Chain Director when required.

We are looking to recruit a Candidate:

  • University, or equivalent, Business or scientific field.
  • 5 years plus relevant experience in operations planning ( ideally in a GMP environment)
  • Candidate should have strong business acumen, ability to build cross functional relationships, have good attention to detail and excellent communication skills - with a focus on customer centricity.
  • Advanced knowledge of operations planning in manufacturing with the ability to solve complex problems
  • Strong ERP Experience (SAP is highly desirable.)
  • Knowledge of planning tools (Microsoft Project, SchedulePro)
  • Knowledge of cGMP in terms of API, Intermediate Drug Product (IDP) and Drug Product manufacturing
  • Fluency in English is a requirement.


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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