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Senior Director, Global Planning

Job Description

Siemens Healthineers Point of Care Diagnostics Business line is a $700M leading provider of handheld and desktop analyzers and consumables, serving the blood gas, urinalysis and diabetes care markets globally.  We are part of the Diagnostics segment that, combined with our Imaging segment and Advanced Therapies segment, make up Siemens Healthineers, a $15B world leader in medical diagnostics.

Reporting directly to the Vice President Supply Chain and Manufacturing, the Director of Global Planning will be an integral part of a global operations leadership, leading the Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process to effectively balance demand and supply to deliver targeted customer service and inventory performance.

Duties and Responsibilities                               

Key Responsibilities

  • Partner with the business leadership team to understand strategic and annual business objectives in order to translate them into specific and actionable service level and inventory targets by product and region
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders in Sourcing, Manufacturing, Distribution/Logistics, Finance and IT to ensure alignment of goals and targets, efficient communication and escalation channels, and accountability for actions and performance
  • Own, enforce and improve the Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process within the scope of the Global Point of Care business; direct accountability for finished goods inventory in the distribution centers
  • Champion planning as a competency both through the direct Planning staff and across the broader organization
  • Collaborate with Business and Regional Sales and Marketing to support demand forecasting of both baseline statistical volume and unique event-based volume changes, and continuously improve forecast accuracy
  • Collaborate with Plant Materials Management to support the capacity planning of operational resources (materials/tools/equipment/people) to ensure alignment with demand, proper contingency and surge, and suitable depth of cross-trained talent
  • Collaborate with Distribution and Logistics to ensure proper planning parameters are applied, execution is monitored and new requirements are effectively designed into our supply chain flow
  • Collaborate with IT to enable global visibility and smart reporting of inventory, volume and key performance metrics
  • Contribute to the balanced scorecard that spans Safety, Quality, Delivery, Inventory and Performance (SQDIP)
  • Promote a quality culture throughout Planning and Operations, enforcing high quality standards in the management of information flow within and between Siemens sites and business entities as it relates to demand, supply and inventory
  • Champion the Healthineers Performance System as a means to drive continuous improvement, employee engagement and organizational learning; core methods will include Hoshin Kanri, Value Stream Mapping, Structured Problem Solving, Visual Management, Coaching and Healthy Dialogue
  • Execute with discipline and continuously improve daily, weekly and monthly standard work in Planning to ensure proper controls, rigorous analytics and effective decision support reporting
  • Develop and regularly refine an education platform to provide best practice training in Global Supply Chain Planning

Miscellaneous Operational Responsibilities

  • Establish and monitor key performance metrics, notably leading indicators
  • Stimulate innovation and creative problem solving by welcoming outside-in perspectives
  • Promote learning from the past to strengthen and enable proactive planning
  • Evaluate performance of direct reports based on leadership and results
  • Ensure excellence in product quality, on time delivery, target setting and strategies for realistic new business objectives providing guidance to subordinate teams, where appropriate

Key Contacts

  • Reports directly to Vice President, Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing
  • Regional and Business Sales and Marketing, Plant Materials Management, Distribution & Logistics, IT, Finance, Business Management Team

Job Demands

  • Innovative leader who blends strategy, operations, technology, and analytics to produce outstanding business results.
  • Confident and effective communicator with strong interpersonal and matrix team-management skills, driven to achieve goals and exceed expectations.
  • Risk Mitigation orientation, capable of leading scenario planning that yields upside, nominal and downside options
  • Financially astute, analytically rigorous, capable of developing frameworks to assess new situations
  • Honest broker who can hold matrix stakeholders accountable to commitments and resolve conflicts based on facts
  • Team player
  • Understands the physics of manufacturing and distribution, as well as the dynamics of demand planning in various market types

Skills & Qualifications (Education and Experience)

  • Bachelor’s degree in an analytical major. MBA is preferred.
  • 15+ years of general business experience
  • 5-10 years of progressively responsible experience in Planning, and some hands on experience leading Sourcing, Manufacturing and/or Distribution
  • Prior experience implementing and using SAP and leading Advanced Planning Systems across a global supply chain is preferred.
  • Prior experience working for a company whose products and processes are FDA regulated is preferred

Siemens Healthineers has recently announced the next steps in our continued commitment to prioritize colleague health, comply with customer/business partner requirements, and help preserve our business continuity.  Going forward, please be aware that Siemens Healthineers requires full vaccination for COVID-19 for our U.S. employees, contractors, and business partners, where local conditions allow, who:

1) Are customer-facing (e.g., those required to visit a customer/business partner site or interact in-person with customers at any conference or meeting) OR

2) Come on-site, whether regularly or occasionally, at any Siemens Healthineers location.

(Note: Accommodations may be requested for certain medical or religious reasons)

At Siemens Healthineers, we value those who dedicate their energy and passion to a greater cause. Our people make us unique as an employer in the med-tech industry. What unites and motivates our global team is the inspiration of our common purpose:  To innovate for healthcare, building on our remarkable legacy of pioneering ideas that translate into even better healthcare products and services. We recognize that taking ownership of our work allows both us and the company to grow. We offer you a flexible and dynamic environment and the space to move beyond your comfort zone to grow both personally and professionally.


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Organization: Siemens Healthineers

Company: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc.

Experience Level: Experienced Professional

Job Type: Full-time



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