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Sr. Production Planner

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Sr. Production Planner

  • 2021-23166
  • Hercules, California, United States

Bio-Rad is looking for a Senior Production Planner. This is a strategic role within a large bio-tech manufacturing plant responsible for managing high complexity production scheduling (plant complexity as a combination of number of SKUs produced, Raw Materials, annual NPIs and regulatory complexity). The incumbent will work on tasks and projects that are both tactical and strategic in nature under broad general direction with significant autonomy. The incumbent will also independently determine and develop approaches to problems and solutions, present them to management and stakeholders to gain buy-in and execute on those solutions.


The incumbent will be expected to effectively plan and schedule materials and work centers to maintain on-time delivery of production to (customers) Distribution Centers while attaining all cost, inventory and scrap reduction objectives.  Based on the input from Global Planning, the Production Planner conducts capacity analysis, resolves capacity constraints, and manages inventory levels through the development of run cycles utilizing available planning and scheduling tools within SAP MRP/scheduling.  This position will monitor KPIs and ensure the flow of information to a cross functional audience with regard to production, inventory, capacity, yields, scrap, and product life cycle projects. This position also contributes to and participates in the monthly S&OP business cycle. Decision making is executed independently, and with impact to continuity of supply, as well as financial impact to both plant and projects


In addition to what is mentioned above, this role ensures that schedules are revised to meet changing or fluctuating demand requirements and/or disruptions in production due to material or labor shortages. Troubleshoots problems that impact the smooth flow of production and disrupt the established production schedules.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain Management or related discipline and/or a combination of education and experience.
  • 6+ years manufacturing production experience, working in production scheduling preferably in a regulated environment.
  • 4+ years of production planning and scheduling experience in bio-tech, biologics workstreams a plus.
  • APICS CPIM certification a plus
  • Familiarity with SAP and other manufacturing materials systems.
  • Prior experience leading project teams useful.
  • Strong PC skills (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, database software, Internet software, manufacturing software).
  • Leadership, influencing and communication skills a plus.
  • In depth experience production planning and detailed scheduling required.
  • Strong analytical and proven problem solving capability along with demonstrated ability to make sound business decisions.
  • Experience mentoring junior planning staff useful.
  • Understanding of financial principles related to budgeting, variance and gross margin management, setting innovative performance metrics and standards.

About Bio-Rad:

Bio-Rad is a global leader providing a broad array of clinical diagnostics and life science research products. With a team of more than 8,000 employees and a global network of operations serving our customers, we help people live longer, healthier lives.

Bio-Rad was founded over six decades ago and has continued to provide the healthcare industry with innovative and useful products that help life science researchers accelerate the discovery process and medical diagnostic labs obtain faster, better results.

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