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Supply Chain Planning Manager

Bannockburn, Illinois
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Job ID R0064225

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Job Description

About BioLife Plasma Services

Every day at BioLife, we feel good knowing that what we do helps improve the lives of patients with rare diseases. While you focus on our donors, we’ll support you. We offer a purpose you can believe in, a team you can count on, opportunities for career growth, and a comprehensive benefits program, all in a fast-paced, friendly environment.

BioLife Plasma Services is a subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd.


  • Responsible for overall plasma planning process and overseeing inventory Aged & Available (A/A).
  • Require the ability to balance plasma allocation by considering different key parameters and multiple constraints/requirements.
  • Understand and communicate impact of plasma surplus/shortage to manufacturing plants as well as determine and recommend the best course of action.
  • Drive continious improvement activities within Supply Chain function and supply planning field, able to implement innovative concepts and solutions.
  • Ensure global adherence to Takeda standards for policies in scope.


  • Responsible for overall plasma planning process, generate and maintain overall planning output Aged & Available that includes manufacturing plants consignee plan, ocean container shipment plan, and collection centers bag/bottle plan.
  • Responsible for providing Aged & Available inventory picture for manufacturing plants in a periodic basis. 
  • Manage Supply & Demand planning for US plasma across different manufacturing sites.
  • Develop and maintain plasma forecasts and inventory movements for all fractionation facilities to ensure plasma is received and released in time to meet manufacturing requirements.
  • Collaborate with manufacturing plants and Plasma Operations Supply Chain to review Master Production Schedule (MPS) ensuring alignment and providing input for potential risk related to plasma inventory position.
  • Coordinate with Plasma Operations Supply Chain and manufacturing plants periodically to resolve any issues or bottlenecks in plasma supply, identify correction actions and follow-up on implementation of actions.
  • Regularly maintain planning parameters in planning system in order to achieve accurate monthly planning results.
  • Manage plasma related financial transactions in JDE C3ME as required .
  • Provide support related to shipping logistics for all plasma centers.
  • Provide support to BioLife Supply Chain team for any plasma planning related issue.
  • Monitor execution against agreed upon supply plan; resolve and communicate any deviations from the plan to relevant stakeholder.
  • Submit data and comments for creation of BioLife Supply Chain Key Performance Indicators (KPI)/report such as Fractionation Scorecard, Total Plant Inventory Reports, and Plasma Collection reports.
  • Work on continuous improvements of supply chain process and tool(s) according to Takeda standards.
  • Ensure adherence to process and seamless execution of activites in relevant IT systems.
  • Decisions on necessity of escalation of plasma supply issues to upper management.


Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • Advanced presentation and communication skills.
  • Advanced understanding of supply chain planning principles and strategies.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of Planning Systems, ERP systems and analytical tools (Anaplan, Kinaxis, SAP/APO, BI).
  • Strong knowledge in Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Understanding of the principles of Lean and Six Sigma applied to Supply Chain.
  • Knowledge on Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).
  • Basic knowledge on regulations (FDA, EMA, etc.).


  • Demonstrate strategic thinking.
  • Focus on key areas and cross-functional collaboration to ensure solutions in accorance with Takeda values.
  • Must be able to take customer feedback and incorporate changes for continuous improvement.
  • Be positive, accountable, and result oriented.
  • Elevate capabilities among others and be a role mode.l


  • BioLIfe Functions in particular Operations, Forecasting, and Logistics.
  • GMS Plasma Operations functional teams in particular Supply Chain leaders and Master Planner.
  • Plant supply chain functions.


  • Continuous improvement of planning processes.


  • BA or Master’s Degree with a minimum 5 years of experience in life sciences (pharmaceutical, biologics, medical devices) supply chain / operations / manufacturing / product management.
  • Strong familiarity with a broad variety of supply chain concepts, with specific expertise in global supply chain planning.
  • Fluent in business English.

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Bannockburn, IL

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