Supply Chain Lead

Location: Haverhill, Suffolk Salary: £30 - £45 per hour + Dependant on experience
Sector: Pharmaceuticals Specialism:
Type: Contract Contact: Daniel Paine

Supply Chain Lead - 12 month contract

A global CDMO who focus on rare diseases, multiple sclerosis, oncology and immunology and are looking for a Supply Chain Lead to join their team for a 12 month contract. The Supply Chain Lead must have experience in Clinical Supply Pharmaceutical Supply Chain.

The purpose of the Supply Chain Lead:

  • Leads and executes the Supply Chain processes for the Contract Development and Manufacturing Operations (CDMO) portfolio.
  • Drives the Master Production Plan for specific product campaigns to satisfy customer demand considering resource, capacity and inventory for raw materials and packaging within the CDMO APU (Autonomous Production Unit). Some duties may vary but essentially the role is responsible for interpreting the customer demand and driving this plan to meet customer promise dates working as an active member of the APU.

The job requirements of the Supply Chain Lead:

  • Takes the lead as the Supply Chain expert within the APU, providing overall direction for the MPS/MRP processes. Actively looking at continuous improvement for the associated planning parameters.
  • Develops mid-long term business plans for assigned product and campaigns based on product demand and delivery targets.
  • Supports the S&OP/MPS processes to ensure timely and accurate information available for the meetings.
  • Analyses complex data and works closely within the APU to identify areas of risk, applying own professional knowledge to make appropriate recommendations and works to ensure successful implementation of agreed changes.
  • Has a detailed understanding of cGMP and relevant regulations and legislation for clinical supplies related to the Supply Chain function and APU.
  • Represents Master data, Purchasing and Warehouse Operations as part of the core APU. Liaises with the appropriate teams to ensure the requirements of each are understood and excuted on time.
  • Leads or plays a significant role in the APU with far reaching impact on the business.
  • Empowered to make decisions for the Supply Chain function with the interest of the APU considered at all times. Escalate appropriately outside of area of responsibility.
  • Works to meet the overall priorties of the APU as one team and supports the delivery of the Supply Chain priorities as a result.
  • Be a strong, positive and influential representative within the APU and as part of the Supply Chain team and the Haverhill site. Represents the function and APU at corporate forums as required.
  • Acts as a source of technical expertise for others within the department and represents the department to other functions and employees outside of the APU as required.

Key Responsibilities of the Supply Chain Lead:

  • To maintain the Master Production schedule across all relevant time horizons, including short term & medium to long term
  • To constantly review the plan to maintain its validity and stability - monitor day to day changes and report the effects these changes may have on the overall plan. To make changes accordingly and communicate to the relevant parties.
  • To ensure all raw materials and packaging are accurately scheduled and liaise with Purchasing to ensure the supply is on time and to react quickly and effectively to sub-standard or late deliveries.
  • Be a key member of the APU team, including attendance at weekly APU meetings, monthly S&OP review & daily +QDCI meetings reporting on performance against an agreed schedule.
  • Attend and present at the department's routine production planning meeting and ensure all information is up-to-date and accurate.
  • To manage inventory for raw materials and packaging - these include system planning parameters ie. min/max levels/Safety stocks/time etc.
  • Represents Master data, Purchasing & Warehouse Operations as part of the core APU team.
  • Responsible for master data accuracy, including BOMs and recipes within the ERP and other business systems; to maintain in accordance with agreed planning parameters and make any adjustments/changes necessary.
  • Be able to make accurate and legitimate delivery commitments to our customers and work with the relevant core team members to ensure the deliveries are ready on-time.


  • Significant experience in Supply Chain Management and/or Clinical Supply within the pharmaceutical industry
  • Ability to lead, motivate and influence
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Has, or working towards a professional Supply Chain or Business qualification
  • Effective all round communicator with very good written, verbal and presentational skills
  • Strong Microsoft office skills
  • Experience in an ERP system (SAP/Athena)

If you are interested in joining a well-established, internationally renowned, globally recognised organisation working with experts in their field, hit that apply button now!

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