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Head Production Planning Aachen Site (m/f/d)

Country:  Germany
City:  Aachen
Department:  Global Operations & Production
Job ID:  43215


Our people in Manufacturing & Global Operations share two priorities: getting things done and making things better. If you’re a dynamic person with a positive mindset, you’ll fit in well here. It’s an international team with a powerful spirit of collaboration. Together, we make sure our products meet the highest standards of quality by constantly searching for ways to improve at every stage of our value chain – from the raw materials we buy through to the logistics network that brings our medicines to patients. Join our team and help us make an even bigger contribution to Grünenthal’s future.


What the job looks like
Each day you´ll enjoy a variety of challenges, such as:

  • Responsible for short term and medium-term site capacity planning, including material requirement planning  
  • Plan and prepare production schedules for manufacturing through subordinate schedulers, develop and implement production planning policies, standards, guidelines, technology and procedures
  • Partner with Supply Network Planning in order to balance supply and demand, and bring transparency of risks and opportunities to the S&OP/ IBP process
  • Participate in S&OP forums as applicable as well as develop and project to deliver continuous improvement in KPI’s
  • Manage production planning and set clear performance standards to hold people accountable for results, deliver customer service goals, optimize inventory investments, and meet production requirements, safety targets, and non-conformance / quality improvement goals, build cross-functional and cross-departmental support, fostering overall group effectiveness
  • Coach and guide teams / individuals to mine data from appropriate systems and able to carry out complex analysis for ad-hoc business requests
  • Develop, coach and guide team of planners and team leads in the execution, strategies and realization of departmental and company goals, advances succession planning by holding career conversations with staff 
  • Provide clear leadership for site team and accountable production planning representative on the plant leadership team


What you´ll bring to the table

To make the most of this role and truly thrive, you should have:

  • University degree in Business administration, Supply Chain or comparable
  • Strong experience in supply chain, ideally in a pharmaceutical environment
  • Track record of experience in corresponding roles and experience in leading a team in a highly matrixed organization
  • Fluent business english skills, German as an advantage
  • Ability to influence and motivate others as well as advanced communication skills
  • Result driven and value adding: understanding and responding to customer needs, prioritizes, simplifies and acts efficiently



"As Head of Production Planning Aachen site, you will be a key driver in strategic and operational decision making of our most strategic site within our global supply chain. You will be part of a high performing leadership team within the site governance and lead talented group of planners in a key cog of our End to End planning process."

Ayala Ayala Santiago, the Hiring Manager



About Grünenthal

Grünenthal is a global leader in pain management and related diseases. As a science-based, fully-integrated pharmaceutical company, we have a long track record of bringing innovative treatments and state-of-the-art technologies to patients worldwide. Our purpose is to change lives for the better – and innovation is our passion. We are focusing all of our activities and efforts on working towards our vision of a world free of pain.

Grünenthal is headquartered in Aachen, Germany, and has affiliates in 28 countries across Europe, Latin America and the US. Our products are available in approx. 100 countries. In 2022, Grünenthal employed around 4,400 people and achieved revenues of € 1.7 bn.

Your HR contact: 
Sarah Schäfer

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