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Planner/Buyer, Senior Planner/Buyer (Packaging)

Location Cork, Ireland
BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

BioMarin’s Technical Operations group is responsible for creating our drugs for use in clinical trials and for scaling production of those drugs for the commercial market. These engineers, technicians, scientists and support staff build and maintain BioMarin’s cutting-edge manufacturing processes and sites, provide quality assurance and quality control to ensure we meet regulatory standards, and procure the needed goods and services to support manufacturing and coordinating the worldwide movement of our drugs to patients. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.

Planner / Buyer, Material Operations

We are a high-performing, team-based organization, where colleagues are flexible, multi-skilled and empowered to make decisions.
A high level of initiative, energy and motivation are key role requirements, as well as organizational skills.

The primary role of the Materials Planner/buyer is to play a lead role in the co-ordination and execution of all activities related (but not limited) to the planning and purchase of packaging components by converting the output of the Master Schedule and detailed schedule (MRP) for production needs into material requirements to ensure availability of the right quantity when needed. This role will inform an integral part of the team which optimizes the flow of materials (order to release) while considering warehouse capacities and inventory targets in order to eliminate potential disruptions in the storage, storage costs and materials scrap.

This position involves building effective team and cross functional relationships both internally in Shanbally and with other Biomarin global functions.

The Shanbally site activities include Drug Substance, Drug Product, and Finished Good Packaging. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop & Execute the Materials Requirement Plan (MRP) by ensuring efficient and effective procurement & inventory practices and optimizing the balance between quality, service, reliability and cost to ensure that patient / customer requirements are met while maintaining compliance.
  • Ensure a key focus on master data of materials in Oracle to ensure correct signals are received in a timely manner. Develop controls to manage components for both MTO & MTS packaging processes.
  • Ensure that all material delivery schedules are communicated to the suppliers on time in order to meet planned requirements.
  • Maintain Packaging components within target, while minimizing excess, obsolete and expired materials
  • Review and enhance process around managing obsolete packaging materials in a timely manner.
  • Leverage prior experience to bring understanding of the artwork process and potential impact to components or production schedule.
  • Develop and enhance packaging materials purchase LRP with a view to improving budget accuracy
  • A strong self-starter who uses initiative to identify, communicate and resolve issues as they arise
  • Support and enhance the packaging component Phase in and Phase Out processes.
  • Support and execute Move order generation for packaging
  • Support Scenario planning (RCCP) when required with colleagues in the Material Operations, Scheduling function, by performing packaging component feasibility analysis.
  • Communicate when required at the site “Run the business” meetings, any potential impacts to the production schedule, supplier reliability/service issues. Escalate as appropriate through site and global forums to ensure issues/criticalities are resolved in a timely fashion
  • Interface with Quality and Warehouse staff regarding any rejected / defective materials, making the necessary physical arrangements with the supplier through GSQ to ensure a prompt return of goods or disposal.
  • Liaise with internal partners (where required) ensuring efficient and effective Packaging procurement requirements
  • Liaise with suppliers to clarify potential plan constraints and interfaces between supplier and the key internal stakeholders to ensure issue resolution. Build and maintain strong relationships with suppliers to enable agility around launch activities of new packing products.
  • Support operational readiness activities where required.
  • In collaboration with Tops Global Procurement (TGP), manage the supplier and materials selection process with supplier agreements where applicable.
  • In collaboration with TGP, ensure the new material qualification process is managed and new materials created and set-up sufficiently on Oracle to ensure accurate and efficient planning and purchasing.
  • Partner with TGP to drive supplier performance improvement, including quality and on-time delivery in line with production schedule
  • Track and report site level supplier service performance, communicating the information to the relevant parties where relevant
  • Execute potential deviations to the plan assessing with the supplier the feasibility of such changes, rapidly highlighting to the affected internal stakeholders if the changes are not possible from a materials/consumable’s perspective.
  • Liaise with warehouse to understand and adhere to space constraints, managing inventory levels within agreed targets.
  • Effectively partner with all internal and external business partners, while also leading and influencing cross functional teams to ensure the best possible solution to problems
  • Focus on and encourage continuous improvements (CI) of the process being supported (e.g. MRP signal improvement initiative)
  • Develop and project manage local and global programs to deliver continuous improvement in KPI’s including Customer Service, Inventory and Cost.
  • Align with strategies and realization of departmental and business goals
  • Co-ordination and completion of required compliance process activities including Change Control, Deviations, Event’s & CAPA’s.

Knowledge, Skills and Capabilities

  • Demonstrate the drive and eagerness to be successful in this role with a view to developing and progressing to levels of increasing responsibility.
  • Development of efficient and effective Material planning processes and systems
  • Engage with vendors in an ethical and compliant manner when required
  • Be “Patient & Customer focused” ensuring that requirements are clearly planned for and communicated within the organization
  • Be Results driven, while ensuring the optimization and efficient use of cross functional resources
  • Contribute to the innovation and continuous improvement (CI) within Material Operations and BioMarin
  • Be collaborative and cross-functional with all other departments within the site and across the wider BioMarin community
  • Ensure department and personal “goals and objectives” are completed in an effective and efficient manner
  • A strong strategic thinker who can perform at both a strategic and tactical level when and where required within and across the organization
  • Ensure a high level of integrity always while performing the role

Education & Experience

  • A minimum of an Honour’s Degree (NFQ level 8) in Supply Chain Management or other related Business discipline is essential
  • Supply Chain Certification is preferred e.g. APICS
  • Project Management or Lean Certification is desirable


  • A minimum of 3 years relevant Supply Chain Management experience (preferably Packaging material planning or purchasing) is required.
  • Knowledge of the packaging artwork process is required
  • Experience in Planning/Purchasing in a pharmaceutical environment with strong technical/systems background is desirable
  • Experience of Oracle would be beneficial, but ERP system competency is essential
  • Power BI or similar data analytics visual tool knowledge is desirable but not essential

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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