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Planning and Scheduling Specialist II


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.


This role does not offer sponsorship for work authorization.  External applicants must be eligible to work in the US.     

Your Role:

As a Planning and Scheduling Specialist II within the planning organization of Supply Chain, you will be responsible for forecasting, operations planning, and procurement planning functions. The position responsibilities involve reviewing and adjusting demands at a global and local level, compiling long and short-term capacity plans, and ensuring supply chain planning designs are set to achieve global service and inventory objectives. This position is responsible for between $5M and $50M in total inventory. You will review demand plans at a local level, including adjusting forecast and safety stock parameters and you will work with the sales group to incorporate customer demands into the planning systems.


  • Create operational schedules based on throughput, customer service, and all other company and/or departmental goals.
  • Develop operational schedules to meet customer service objectives and support sales growth plans at the lowest overall inventory costs.
  • Develop, test, and execute models for scheduling operations.  
  • Use APO or other scheduling software techniques to optimize production schedules.
  • Analyzes planned orders, requirements, and system designs with a view to global MilliporeSigma supply chain impact. Converts planned orders to purchase requisitions or process orders as necessary.
  • Proficient in spreadsheets and databases  
  • Identify scheduling constraints and test various methods and strategies to reduce or eliminate those constraints (i.e., bulk size, availability, fill time, warehouse space)
  • Develop SAP generated reports various performance measures to identify opportunities for refinement of strategies, process improvement, and testing.
  • Ensure a balanced load of work for packaging while allowing for flexibility with Bulk/Spec orders and minimizing WIP to ensure low cycle times
  • Manage SAP exception messages and act on recommended plan changes.  Including expediting or rescheduling purchase orders. 
  • Schedule and maintain records on top 100 products
  • Work closely with purchasing and production to ensure bulk availability and packaging requirements including supplies
  • Work with global planning teams as needed to ensure planning designs and requirements are coordinated across the entire supply chain
  • Analyze inventory and forecast status to provide superior customer service
  • Analyzes reports and participates in projects to eliminate backorders, optimize inventory, and increase customer service.
  • Evaluate, test, recommend and/or implement changes that could improve service, cycle time, throughput efficiency, inventory levels, etc.
  • Enforce inventory approval policies
  • Manual Data Entry of forecast and demand information to GRASP and Access Databases
  • Communication with multiple levels of management and with Sales and Marketing Departments
  • Frequently must explain SAP Planning policies and functions including how and why requirements are generated to personnel not necessarily familiar with that part of business
  • Maintain and audit key SAP planning master data.  Including, lot size, lead time, MRP controllers, special procurement keys, schedule margin key and purchasing type.
  • Support business unit objectives
  • Develop excellent understanding of complex processes from beginning to end and all steps in detail to perform trouble shooting and process improvement effectively.


Who You Are:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Mathematics, Supply Chain Management, or other business field
  • 2+ years of experience in moving material through the product delivery cycle
  • 2+ years of experience in supply chain, forecasting or planning/scheduling


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certification from APICs or IBF preferred
  • Strong computer skills (SAP, Excel, Access, SQL, etc.)
  • ISO standards (in relation to preparing documents).
  • Basic scheduling techniques and material requirements planning knowledge.
  • Mathematical, organizational, spreadsheet, word processing, database management, problem solving, communication, attention to detail, teamwork, training, and leadership.
  • Ability to work independently and adhere to deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate at different levels of the business.
  • High sense of urgency. 
  • Extremely organized and detail oriented.
  • Good judgment and analytical skills are imperative


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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:  247199
Location:  Milwaukee
Career Level:  D - Professional (4-9 years)
Working time model:  full-time

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