1+ months

Demand Planner

Irving, TX

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

Job Summary

Responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system. Provides production planning/scheduling, inventory management, or distribution support to maintain production operations and customer product availability.

Main Responsibilities

Analyze planning requirements and initiate appropriate action to support the master schedule or independent demands.
Schedule Manufacturing Operation to ensure availability of items under planners control with minimum negative impact on manufacturing. Plan manufacturing schedules to efficiently utilize facilities; diagnose manufacturing and QC testing problems to minimize interruption to production.
Ensure finished goods and work-in-process availability.
Forecast requirements and schedule production to meet these requirements.
Respond to unplanned demand or quality problems. Changes production schedules to meet changing priorities. Perform system maintenance and updates to insure database integrity for planning fields and files. Utilize personal computer tools to perform analysis and provide recommendations to management. Maintain raw material and work in process inventories in accordance with pre-determined inventory levels and targets.
Monitor inventories and take action as appropriate. Develop procurement strategies for internal and external supplies compatible with economic, supply and quality goals; understand raw materials needs and translate these needs into inventory plans and strategies. Provides technical support in areas covered by assigned function. Recommends alternate action to be taken if the master production schedule is missed. Manage material flow from external and internal suppliers through manufacturing channels to achieve maximum production efficiency, minimizing waste and impacts to customers.
Understands and applies manufacturing systems, interpolates manufacturing requirements. Creates complex simulation models, integrates manufacturing needs from multiple areas , creates production schedules and inventory management plans. ,Provides direction to internal and external personnel regarding planning and commitment to schedules, system applications and performance reporting.
Advise them on planning responsibilities, inventory levels, goals and objectives. Leads problem solving, goal setting and continuous improvement projects. Act as liaison between other departments to minimize impact on schedules of changes in product structures or internal quality issues. Provide direction to the planners to coordinate the completion of production schedules. Acts as lead representative of the planning group with internal and external supplier and vendors to support material planning. Trains others within the area; represents department on projects with internal clients. Maintains professional interface with management of all disciplines.
Acts as a focal point for analysis, communications and presentations.
Utilizes specialized knowledge in areas such as manufacturing resource planning, capacity planning, master scheduling, customer service and inventory management. Assist in training others in problem solving and materials management techniques. ,Plans Activity Structure and Relationships: Makes, or provides input to, plans to accomplish assigned activities to specification (cost, quality, time); sets time lines to accomplish goals.
Accomplishes Goals Makes plans to accomplish assigned activities and projects, establishes priorities so as to handle competing demands, optimizes use of available resources, estimates time and resources necessary to complete tasks or projects.
Manages Projects: Identifies project resource requirements, establishes milestones and success factors, monitors progress and adjusts plans to ensure that deadlines are met and results achieved. Interprets Results/Recommends Options: Uses personal computers and mainframe applications to break down and interpret large amounts of data; draws conclusions and recommends options to achieve objectives; identifies problems or issues and recommends actions to address them.
Interprets Data and Information: Uses a personal computer to collect, analyze, and transmit financial and other technical data and information, forecasts future trends, and assess the impact of proposed decisions and actions on other areas of the organization Acts on Analysis: Recognizes need for analysis, determines approach and methodology, performs complex analysis considering multiple factors, and proceeds to develop proposals .,Implements Activities: executes and revises plans as needed to accomplish assigned individual tasks to meet expectations (cost, performance, quality, time). Implements Plan; implements changes or improvements and incorporates into the routine operations of the organization; ensures that there are no loose ends, reviews open issues to improve long term success, (higher levels reviews OP's change requests, etc.) incorporates into the day to day operations of the area., Gathers Financial Data: Identifies, gathers, financial information to assist in decision making; recognizes the type of information relevant to the issues under study and identifies sources.
Utilizes Financial Information: Makes day-to-day decisions which demonstrate a basic understanding of the financial business drivers (e.g., ROI, factory costs) and their inter-relationships.
Identifies Cost Reductions: Utilizes financial and other information to identify cost reduction opportunities and to implement and manage cost reduction projects., Adapts Information to Customer Needs: Adjusts communication style and medium (oral, written, electronic or formal presentation) to meet the needs of the receiver (peers, customers, vendors, managers), delivers only important information, uses appropriate level of language and detail for the receiver.
Provides Information: Shares information with appropriate frequency and timeliness so as to benefit the receiver, distributes background information prior to meetings, allows for adequate response time when making requests, keeps parties potentially affected by decisions apprised of events. ,Makes Decisions: Makes timely decisions with the best available information.
Confronts Issues: Confronts issues in a constructive manner and at an appropriate organizational level.
Influences Outcomes: Constructively contributes to the decision making process of the work team and supports the teams decision.
Maximizes productivity: Actively shares resources, ideas, and data to accomplish goals requiring cross-functional collaboration and support.
Improves Processes: Champions process improvements or new processes that improve productivity., Receives/Gives Feedback: Asks for and gives feedback on the strengths and development needs of self.
Identifies Future Development Needs: Translates changes in business goals and objectives into the skills, knowledge and experience needed for future work.
Plans for Development: Prepares a plan that sets appropriate development goals, establishes timelines, identifies resources, and describes behavioral outcomes.
Achieves Development Goals: Balances the time needed for accomplishing current work and achieving development goals and applies newly developed knowledge, skills and experience to the job., Participates as a Team Member or Leader : Contributes to the definition of the team's mission, objectives, and strategies, accepts team decisions and works toward their implementation; establishes and supports the norms and conditions for a work environment that supports team productivity, draws on the strengths of each team member, seeks input of team members, works cross functionally to resolve issues., Recognizes Risk: Recognizes risk relative to procedures and takes appropriate action.
Quantifies Risk: Identifies and quantifies the financial considerations associated with decisions.
Evaluates Risk/Reward Trade Offs: Evaluates the risks associated with various alternatives such as the use of internal resources versus outsourcing, trade-offs regarding people and investments, and resource allocation, recommends actions and develops responses to cope with various scenarios. ,Stays Current: Demonstrates an awareness of the changing competitive, technological, healthcare, and regulatory environments, and understands the broad market for the division's products and services.
Models Future Trends: Builds models and analytical tools to anticipate the future and to recommend actions to meet future business challenges.
Anticipates Future Directions: Forecasts market and technical trends to project the future environment and actively attempts to influence and control rather than respond to the environment., Aligns Work with Function Priorities: Understands functional strategy and carries out responsibilities in line with functional priorities; understands the scope of processes.
Develops Tactics: Recommends changes to operational practices to accommodate internal and external customer needs; reviews work practices to identify changes that will support long term area objectives.


Accountable for the accuracy and the impact of planning decisions.
Can commit inventory dollars for items under their control MRR Level One sign off authority, level Two in the absence of manager; manufacturing documentation sign off authority, i.e., change requests, PBOM's and material specifications. Operates with minimal supervision; reviews are held with manager to monitor progress against plans and for discussion relative to policies, procedures, goals and objectives. Production schedule changes rarely reviewed by management . Those that are take the form of a discussion to determine what is best suited for the situation at hand. Approval of release of material to the production facility is not required, control WlP & FG inventory to targeted levels.


Knowledge of regulations and standards affecting IVDs and Biologics. Bachelors Degree: BA, BBA, or BS required with 3-5 years experience directly relevant to the area. Experience includes ADD manufacturing environment, experience with financial modeling and analysis, knowledge of materials and inventory computer systems, thorough understanding of Abbott planning / inventory management systems and policies, demonstrated project leadership.

Job Family: Manufacturing
Division: ADD Diagnostics
Travel: No
Medical Surveillance: No
Significant Work Activities: Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)


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