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Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.


We are seeking an experienced, high caliber Senior Planner. Working without appreciable direction,develops, maintains and communicates finished goods manufacturing schedules for a value stream/multiple manufacturing lines to build products which meet finished goods demands thus shipping products to customers in a timely manner. Partners with manufacturing management to assess efficiency of manufacturing lines and analyze capacity.

This person will also act as the Supply Chain Site Lead for planning and procurement activity at our location in Irvine, CA. In addition to planning duties, this person will serve as the primary point of contact for communication with operations, finance, and supply chain leadership.


  • Leads weekly meetings with key stake holders to ensure recommended manufacturing schedule will meet all business demands. Meeting may include stakeholders from some or all of the following functions: manufacturing, supply chain, clinical, regulatory, quality and marketing.
  • Implements policies set by SC mgt. to manage finished goods and raw material inventory.
  • Continuously review existing processes for alignment with current business needs. Develop, gain buy in, and roll out process enhancements which may impact multiple value streams.
  • Generates highly complex reports and performs data analysis to proactively plan or resolve issues.
  • Develops and provides a detailed scheduling plan for finished goods which supports the top level approved build plans, assuring quantity and mix are clearly communicated to manufacturing and other manufacturing groups.
  • Releases work orders in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and updates Kanban quantities to support build plans.
  • Reviews forecast data, backorder reports and commodity/purchasing updates, including early warning signs, to prioritize and expedite manufacturing jobs to prevent or clear backorders.
  • Reviews and updates material master data on regular basis to ensure accuracy and efficiency.
  • Manages safety stock in partnership with purchasing and supply planning.
  • Approves and creates rework or special work orders in the ERP system.
  • Reviews and updates outdated open jobs which require rescheduling or closing.
  • Partners with purchasing and warehousing to minimize and dispose of slow moving, obsolete, and expiring inventory.
  • Provides system training and guidance to junior members of the team.
  • Complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments.
  • Maintains positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors.
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities, on occasion, as assigned.
  • Your experience(s), education and knowledge:

  • Bachelor degree in Supply Chain, Business or equivalent degree or experience in lieu of degree.
  • 5 years of progressively responsible experience in manufacturing schedule planning
  • 5 years of experience in SAP
  • 3 year of experience with planning/work order systems
  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment.
  • Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Ability to leverage and/or engage others to accomplish projects.
  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization.
  • Multitasks, prioritizes and meets deadlines in timely manner.
  • Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail.
  • Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance.
  • Your preferred qualifications and education:

  • 3 year experience working in a medical device manufacturing environment
  • Experience working in a broader enterprise/cross-division business unit model
  • APICS or other planning related certification

  • Associated topics: business, cost efficient, industrial engineer, manufacturing engineer, methods engineer, project, sap, supply, supply chain

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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