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Planning Specialist I


A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 60,300 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in Healthcare, Life Science and Electronics. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. MilliporeSigma is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.   

Your Role:

The Planner is responsible for planning activities within the El Camino Real & Whiptail sites, by ensuring a robust demand planning process is in place which allows work to be scheduled in line with the client’s expectations while achieving optimum use of staff, equipment, and facilities, thereby maximizing capacity, productivity, and efficiency.


This position reports directly to the Site Master Scheduler.


  • Maintain and improve the scheduling management process
  • Develop an excellent understanding of complex processes from beginning to end and all steps in detail in order to identify capacity constraints and drive process improvement effectively
  • Evaluate, test, recommend and implement changes that could improve service, project timelines, throughput efficiency, inventory levels, etc
  • Identify scheduling constraints and test various methods and strategies in order to reduce or eliminate those constraints
  • Monitor process turn-around times and escalate any capacity issues which may occur to the Senior Management team in a timely manner
  • Organize activities to make sure resources are used efficiently and effectively to achieve organizational goals
  • Analyzes reports and participates in projects to eliminate backlogs, optimize timelines, and increase customer service
  • Actively develop and build a collaborative team through regular communication and feedback, within the Business Development, Project Management, Materials Management, Quality Assurance, QC, and Manufacturing functions
  • Interact with Managers, Supervisors, and staff to improve scheduling, capacity, and forecasting processes
  • Ensure a safe and healthy work environment at all times by ensuring that all employees adhere to and actively embrace health and safety policies and procedures



Who You Are:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associate Degree in science or business discipline
  • 1+ experience as a Planner/Scheduler or a Planner/Buyer, within a Supply Chain department


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of planning/purchasing experience working in a heavily regulated industry (e.g. Pharma, Medical Devices, Hi-Tech)
  • APICS, CSCP, or CPIM qualification
  • Proven track record in the translation of forecast data to demand and capacity modeling
  • Aware of the principles of lean processes (Lean Six Sigma trained or an equivalent type of process analysis)
  • SAP and/or Microsoft Dynamic Great Plains MRP experience


What we offer: We are curious minds that come from a broad range of backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences.
We celebrate all dimensions of diversity. We believe that it drives excellence, innovation, and human progress. We care about our customers, patients, and our rich mix of people. This diversity strengthens our ability to lead in science and technology.
We are committed to creating access and opportunities for all and empower you to fulfil your ambitions. Our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons.
Join us in building a culture of inclusion and belonging that impacts millions and empowers everyone to bring their curiosity to life!


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If you are a resident of NYC, Connecticut or Colorado, you are eligible to receive additional information about the compensation and benefits, which we will provide upon request. You may contact 855 444 5678 from 8:00am to 5:30pm ET Monday through Friday, for assistance.


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As an employee of the Company, you will be required to comply with all of the Company’s COVID-19 safety protocols and policies. The organization has currently suspended enforcement of its COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, but that policy may be reinstated by the Company in its discretion.

Job Requisition ID:  250334
Location:  Carlsbad
Career Level:  C - Professional (1-3 years)
Working time model:  full-time

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