Master Planner

United States of America, New Jersey, Branchburg

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Job Duties:

  • Develop a working knowledge of assigned product lines and processes to ensure optimal master schedule stability, order creation, rescheduling, load leveling, etc.

  • Performs production line planning to ensure on-time delivery.  Define and maintain the production plan for all assigned bulk to kit materials, based on requirements (as identified in MRP), history and inventory positions using ERP/MRP system.

  • Manage products to meet companies financial inventory goals including inventory value, months on hand, and inventory write-offs.

  • Ensure system parameters used in planning are correct to get the desired service and inventory levels.  This includes lot size, safety stocks, capacity, lead-time, order policy, forecasts and other parameters.

  • Analyze forecast and production data to determine the impact throughout the organization.  Monitor orders against forecast, calculate forecast error and communicate to supply chain partners to drive review and correction to demand.

  • Ensure the resulting planning recommendations are being followed on a routine basis and balance customer needs, material availability, plant capacity and inventory requirements.

  • Monitor Production for completion of the schedule and work within Operations to improve where needed.  Identify, negotiate and resolve conflicts with respect to material and capacity availability and order promising integrity.

  • Work with functional manufacturing teams to better understand competitive lead times for master scheduled items.  Seek ways to reduce internal lead times as well as lead times to the customer.

  • Perform strategic planning for 3-18 rolling demand by value chain

  • Create the strategic capacity plan by value chain

  • Create phase in/out plan based on end of life by value chain


  • Bachelor's degree in Business required

  • 5 years of experience in manufacturing planning and operations, or related field required

  • Experience in regulated industry (Diagnostic or Pharmaceuticals) is beneficial but not mandatory.

  • Equivalent combinations of education and experience are acceptable.

Key skills/abilities

  • Possess "Big Picture" Operations knowledge (bulk to kit).

  • Must be able to work with all departments within RMD and Global Supply Partners in order to be effective.

  • Excellent time management skills to manage high volume in a fast-paced environment.

  • Self-motivated, organized, creative and good leadership skills.

  • MRP knowledge a must, SAP experience a plus.

  • Team and people oriented, professional and displays a "can-do" attitude.

  • Skilled in using MSOffice/Windows in a networked PC environment.

  • Ability to be flexible and calm under sometimes tense conditions.

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret production documents, technical procedures or governmental regulations.

  • Must have excellent communication skills including the ability to write reports, business correspondence, standard operating procedures, production rework orders, and planning variances.

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management and internal or external customers.

  • Working knowledge of FDA and ISO processes and procedures.

  • Manages direct inventory valued between $ 5 and 20 M – responsible for cover days of inventory and write-offs.

Roche is an equal opportunity employer and strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination based upon an individual’s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, mental/physical disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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