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Job Title:      NPI Planner (Can be based in Galway or Shannon)
Job Function: Supply Chain
Contract: 12 Months Fixed Term

Salary up to €50,000 D.O.E plus pension, healthcare & annual bonus.

Job Summary

NPI planner will be assigned critical NPI projects and is responsible for NPI material planning, scheduling, and tracking from development through production hand-off.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with cross-functional NPI team, ensure all pre-requisites are in place to support NPI program roll out.
  • Key deliverables are to meet customer critical delivery commitments and program milestones.
  • Plan, schedule, coordinate and monitor multiple NPI projects.
  • Working from engineering plans and production specifications, establish preliminary production schedules.
  • Using Supply Chain Planning & Sourcing Capability tools along with lead time inputs, define inbound due dates from vendors (ZB and third party).
  • Considering critical path, propose risk mitigation/contingency strategies for supply chain delays and shortages.
  • Drive and track resolution of material issues, facilitating conflict resolution and initiating action to ensure next steps are identified and agreed to.
  • Setup, monitor and maintain the system to capture and track material plans and status.
  • Communicate status through meetings, reports and dashboards.
  • Manage and track engineering material inventory, resolving discrepancies as needed.
  • Spear-head inventory control to ensure optimal usage of supply. Perform analysis to proactively identify and minimize potential excess supply during the NPI production phase.
  • Develop and implement capability review for all new products.
  • Work with local & global sourcing to ensure capacity exists across the supply chain to support NPI activity into the future.
  • Collate RA inputs to develop capacity plans through launch including new territory (country) product registrations.
  • Collaborate with Central Planning & Inventory Control to understand global customer forecast & safety stock requirements.
  • Ensure all system planning data complies with global data integrity rules prior to production handover.
  • Participate and provide input into KPI / Dashboarding activities for the new product.
  • Drives continuous improvement of NPI and Bill-of-Materials systems & models. Enhance existing tools or develop new tools that promotes productivity and cost reduction.

Expected Areas of Competence (i.e. KSAs)

  • Knowledge of supply chain planning and management
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines and produce outputs on a regular, timely basis
  • Understanding of end-to-end supply chain interactions, activities, and underlying interdependencies
  • Ability to use analytical tools to issue, support, and execute decisions
  • Analytical skills and ability to extract meaning information from various sources of data
  • Ability to communicate effectively both upwards and across the organization
  • Act on own initiative, strong IT, administrative, planning, organization and communication skills.
  • Ability to combine rigid control with additional flexibility in a new product launch
  • Strong team player and demonstrated continuous improvement success.

Education/Experience Requirements

  • 3rd Level Diploma Degree in Business/Supply Chain/Engineering ideally, APICS/CPIM preferred.
  • 2+ years’ progressive work experience and responsibility within high-volume regulated manufacturing environment preferably medical devices.
  • Strong MRP understanding and experience with one or more ERP integrated systems (e.g. SAP, JD Edwards,).
  • Planning experience preferred
  • In-depth knowledge of order management, planning, scheduling, purchasing and inventory control.
  • Proficient with using Microsoft Office software, in particular Excel and PowerPoint.

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