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Merck Senior Specialist, Planning & Scheduling in Durham, North Carolina

Job Description

Our Supply Chain team ensures inventory is consistently available to meet customer demand. We coordinate all aspects of supply through supply planning, sourcing, making, inventory management, packaging and delivery. We partner across the Marketing, Finance and Manufacturing organizations to build a robust demand and supply plan and ensure we get products to the right customer, at the place, at the right time.

As part of Our Company's Supply Chain organization at the manufacturing facility in Durham NC, the Senior Specialist, Planning and Scheduling will be accountable for the creation of a master production schedule that aligns with the global vaccine forecast and market requirements. The Senior Planner/Scheduler will plan workloads and schedule operations for their assigned Operations Integrated Process Teams and/or Quality Operations Lab and may include the creation and release of production/process orders for operations, detailed scheduling of lab activities, Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and dilution model creation, procurement of materials to enable schedules, and working closely with internal and external suppliers as well as customers to ensure timely deliveries.

This position is accountable for monitoring inventory levels at all nodes in the supply chain ensuring sufficient inventory for manufacturing and testing operations while managing inventory in line with financial targets. This is a senior position in the Durham Supply Chain organization. Candidates will need to possess demonstrated planning skills and experience in an SAP planning environment.


  • Creating and releasing process orders to the shop floor operations team. Facilitating scheduling meetings, maintaining and conveying production schedule

  • Participating in all relevant Manufacturing Execution System (MES) data entries for 24/7 production facility

  • Creating dilution models and risk memos as needed for production plans

  • Ensuring sufficient internally and externally sourced materials are available and released to meet all customer demands and downstream processes

  • Working closely with the Quality Release Teams in Durham and West Point to ensure bulk batches are released and available for production when needed and fill batches are released and available for shipment to customers both domestic and international when needed

  • Maintaining a rolling 18-24 month site production plan in Advanced Planning Optimizer (APO) driven off of above–site forecasted demand plan

  • Working closely with Durham and West Point labs to ensure testing and release are aligned with inspection end dates Lots Release On-Time (LROT) and customer need dates Internal On-time in Full (iOTIF)

  • Acting as Supply Chain representative, as needed, for all Integrated Process Team meetings and initiatives (i.e. Tier meetings)

  • Managing the Inventory of Questionable Value (IQV) process for product set

  • Reviewing the production schedule and Materials Requirement Planning outputs | Making adjustments and interacts with supply network planning | Manages SAP master data, updating safety stock and reorder points

  • Monitoring inventory levels to avoid excess inventory, inventory shortages and/or inventory expiry

  • Providing quality notification (QN) and corrective action preventive action (CAPA) support as needed

  • Serving as primary scheduling liaison between Durham Production, Planning and Quality

  • Developing and updating Planning standard operating procedures

  • Acting as resource person, resolves problems and instructs others when priorities need to change

  • Working closely with above-site Global Supply Network Planning Hub and Durham site planners to assist all aspects of Durham demands for bulk virus

  • Utilizing Lean Six Sigma standards and methodologies to minimize waste, reduce costs and shorten cycle times

  • Being a visible leader in driving Rapid Response into site planning processes

Required Education, Experience, & Skills:

  • Bachelor degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Quality, or comparable field and at least five (5) years of experience working in Planning, Supply Chain, Quality, Technology, and/or Operations OR

  • Master degree and at least three (3) year of experience working in Planning, Supply Chain, Quality, Technology, and/or Operations

  • Minimum one (1) year working in a GMP regulated environment

  • Strong knowledge of Planning and Purchasing processes as well as Materials Requirements Planning (MRP)/Materials Production Scheduling (MPS) principles and methodologies

  • Strong background using SAP

  • Team player with a strong positive attitude and the ability to maintain focus in difficult problem-solving situations

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

  • Excellent planning, organizational, documentation and communication skills to ensure alignment of customers’ needs relative to site output

  • Capable of managing and re-evaluating the production plan under very dynamic circumstances

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a cross-functional team and manage complex projects and tasks

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that’s devoted to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth .

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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No relocation

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No Travel Required

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Requisition ID: R122512