Supply Planning Manager

Job Description

Do you want to contribute to the future of healthcare? Siemens Healthineers are looking for a Supply Planning Manager to join our Healthcare Diagnostics business based at our site in Sudbury, Suffolk. Recently celebrating 80 years of manufacturing excellence, our Sudbury site designs and assembles blood, urine and diabetes analysis instruments.

You will join our Supply Chain team and be responsible for helping implement world class processes within the POC (Point of Care) business. This is a hands-on role that involves running our supply and inventory planning process for our medical devices as well as leading a team in Sudbury.

As part of the Siemens Healthineers the POC business area helps enable better care to patients with chronic diseases or in life-threatening conditions by providing fast and reliable information that help diagnosis. The Sudbury site manufactures and delivers worldwide medical devices and consumables used for POC-testing therefore being pivotal to the success of the POC business unit.


Support global planning on global inventory holding, including periodic budget and forecast cycles, strategy definition, shelf life and obsolescence management

Communicate proactively with Customers, Marketing, Operations, Quality, Product Management, Finance, Procurement and other teams on significant changes in demand or supply ensuring actions are taken to minimise the impact to customers without compromising on quality

Highlight material supply/production planning issues / bottlenecks / propose and drive solutions to maximise product availability

Monitor and drive plant performance in line with plans

Deliver the company’s raw materials/WIP & finished goods inventory holding target

Prepare KPI reports and communicate performance to suppliers/business & stakeholders

Responsible for the execution of the Sudbury planning process for the related product lines by leading a supply chain team, setting clear goals and helping build an environment of trust, engagement and respect

Oversee the weekly MPS (Master Production Schedule) in order to ensure delivery of sales and operations plan

Oversee raw material inventory management to ensure uninterrupted supply to the Sudbury operation as well as optimising stock levels to meet financial targets

Ownership of all related supply chain planning metrics within assigned areas of responsibility in support of the plant’s balanced scorecard

Provide support to the Global Planners when working through the global allocation process. Providing supply plans & reporting the recovery progress to the business

Build relations with supplier base, taking the lead on escalation’s working through to resolution that works for both parties


Bring up the supply chain skill set of the team as well as help form the future leaders of the organisation through developing people, coaching, hiring, managing performance, providing training and leading by example  

Support the global planning team in ensuring SAP reflects realistic planning requirements that drive the whole supply chain, finding ways to improve the use of the tool for improved planning process, seeking automation where possible

Maintain appropriate KPI’s and quality controls to the planning process and be able to communicate with confidence about the deviations to targets

Constantly question current practices seeking to identify process improvement opportunities and implementing process changes with management and Healthineers Performance System support

Participate as an effective Extended Leadership Team member, taking a leading role in team meetings and problem solving

Understand all planning procedures and documents and provide support in annual reviews and making amendments when necessary

Ability to identify, investigate and effectively close out CAPA’s utilising the Catsweb tool

Skills and Experience

Team leadership and influencing skills

Supply Chain experience ideally with Pharma or Medical Device environment

Thorough understanding of MRP dynamics and preferably SAP

Ability to work under pressure

Ability to drive change and deliver projects, initiatives and process improvements

Good understanding of the Lean manufacturing concepts and tools

Broad knowledge of forecasting, product distribution, inventory control and manufacturing processes

Minimum of bachelor degree, master degree in related field preferred

Certification of a professional body associated with planning preferred

Being part of our team:

Based on multiple sites in Chilton Industrial Estate, Sudbury, we design and assemble blood, urine and diabetes analysis instruments. With our point-of-care testing systems, Siemens Healthineers delivers lab-accurate, actionable, and timely results on the spot. You can find more information here.

We are inspired to transform the way things are done – because we want what is best for our people, our customers, and ultimately to help everyone live longer and healthier lives. To find out more about our business and recent news, including our continued response to COVID-19, please explore our website.


  • A competitive salary
  • Generous pension contributions
  • 26 days holiday
  • Access to our flexible benefits from private medical insurance to dental cover
  • Corporate Social Responsibility opportunities including 2 paid volunteering days per year
  • Support from our 24/7 employee assistance programme

In addition, we provide a flexible and dynamic environment with the space to stretch beyond your comfort zone in order to grow both personally and professionally. Our unique team spirit arises from embracing different perspectives, open debate, and the will to challenge conventions. Change is a constant aspect of our work. We aspire to lead the change in our industry rather than just react to it. That’s why we want you to seek, implement and celebrate your best ideas.

We recognise that building a diverse workforce is critical to the success of our business. We strongly encourage applications from a diverse talent pool and welcome the opportunity to discuss flexibility requirements with our applicants to encourage agile working.

Organization: Siemens Healthineers

Company: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Products Ltd

Experience Level: not defined

Job Type: Full-time

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