Manager, Master Scheduling
Irvine, CA
September 14, 2016
Position Type:
Full Time
Information Technology, Other
Overview: With a nationwide sales team and several manufacturing locations, B. Braun Medical has become a leading full-line supplier of healthcare products and services in the U.S. The company is committed to delivering innovative products and services with unmatched quality, superior technology, and cost-effectiveness, while maintaining environmental responsibility. Through its "Sharing Expertise®" initiative, B. Braun promotes best practices for continuous improvement of healthcare products and services. B. Braun employs over 4,500 people in the USA. B. Braun Medical Inc. began its operations in the USA in 1957. Initially, the company manufactured and sold disposable plastic syringes. During the 1980s and early 1990s, the company undertook several expansions and enlarged its product line of disposable medical devices. With the acquisition of McGaw, Inc. in 1997, including Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, Inc. (CAPS®), B. Braun dramatically broadened its product lines and services to U.S. customers.

U.S. Facilities and Operations:

Supporting product sales are a network of nationwide marketing and manufacturing locations. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is home to the U.S. Corporate Headquarters along with the marketing offices of the Hospital, Outpatient Markets (OPM), Renal Therapies, Vascular Interventional, International, and OEM Divisions. Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, Inc.(CAPS®) is also managed from this location. The nearby Allentown, Pennsylvania, facility manufactures Needle-free products, IV Safety Catheters, Anesthesia Systems, Introducers, Pharmacy Admixture products. Vascular products including Right Heart Catheters and Interventional Accessories are also manufactured in Allentown. The Irvine, California facility produces IV Solutions, Basic and Specialty Nutrition, Drug Delivery, and BTC products. Infusion Pump Systems are manufactured in Carrollton, Texas and IV administration and IV and Irrigation sets are produced in the Dominican Republic.

Responsibilities: Position Summary:
The Master Scheduling Manager position is responsible for the understanding and application of supply chain management concepts in a global business environment. The role will supervise activities of scheduling staff; facilitate the Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process; effectively balance supply and demand as specified by S&OP; oversee the creation and maintenance of a valid Master Production Schedule (MPS) and manage delivery and inventory Key Performance Indicators. KPI include customer service levels, production schedule attainment, and inventory range of coverage; perform root cause analysis for variances and propose corrective actions.

Responsibilities: Essential Duties
Technical Competencies:
Master Planning
  • Corporate liaison for the Sales & Operations Planning process and fully responsible for the Supply Planning aspects.
  • Monitor adherence to an effective and appropriate Master Scheduling policy.
  • Develop and maintain planning data, such as: lead times and lot sizes. Ensure integrity of the Master Schedule.
  • Be capable of translating the production plan into a time-phased build schedule
  • Understand the planning requirements for managing make-to-stock and make-to-order manufacturing environments.
  • Understand the concept of forecast consumption by actual sales orders.
  • Establish the demand and planning time fences and policies for managing.
  • Have knowledge of performing cumulative lead time analysis.
  • Understand the mechanics of the master schedule calculation logic.
  • Understand the tasks in managing the available-to-promise and capable-to-promise portion of the master schedule.
  • Be capable of scheduling demand based on the product mix.
  • Understand the role of managing safety stock in the master schedule.
  • Manage schedule changes through system generated action messages.
  • Utilize the rough-cut capacity plan.
  • Assemble master schedule reporting regarding performance to the business plan, the shipment plan, the inventory plan, and the production plan.
Production Planning
  • Be capable of establishing a manufacturing planning department that consists of master scheduling, production planning, and open manufacturing order management.
  • Understand the relationships between the production plan, sales plan, and overall business plan.
  • Identify current planned level of demand and create tactical production plans to meet the identified customer demand.
  • Have knowledge of the various methods to establish and work with bills of material (BOMs).
  • Calculate production lead times.
  • Understand scheduling techniques utilizing forward scheduling and backward scheduling.
  • Have knowledge of techniques to manage infinite loading and finite loading.
  • Have knowledge of how to manage load leveling and bottleneck scheduling.
  • Have knowledge of theory of constraints (TOC) and drum-buffer-rope scheduling methods.
  • Analyze production floor status through input/output control reporting.
  • Effectively analyze whether inventories need to be maintained, increased, or decreased.
  • Coordinate information with other functional staff, including sales, engineering, accounting, finance, marketing, and human resources.
  • Establish reporting to determine labor and productivity performance statistics.
Planning Processes
  • Posses detailed knowledge of integrating production and materials planning with the business plan.
  • Possess a full understanding of modern planning concepts and practices.
  • Understand the discipline of planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives.
  • Be capable of defining an effective project plan.
  • Define the project resources such as money, people, materials, and space, and the milestones and specific outcomes.
Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)
  • Be capable of explaining the structure, logic and components of the S&OP process.
  • Be capable of establishing an S&OP program, defining operating procedures, and establishing an S&OP planning team from different parts of an organization.
  • Effectively communicate the operational perspective in cross-functional meetings.
  • Be able to assemble the data necessary to run the S&OP process.
  • Possess detailed knowledge of how to calculate the S&OP plan output.
  • Evaluate output and propose changes to the S&OP plan. Resolve demand/supply imbalances in both volume and mix.
  • Integrate S&OP with financial output.
  • Communicate plan changes to production and inventory planning.

Capacity Management
  • Understand capacity management relationship to MRP.
  • Work with work center input and output loading.
  • Establish, measure, monitor, and adjust capacity levels to execute all manufacturing schedules.
  • Determine available capacity before planned orders are released.
  • Engage in capacity management during sales and operations planning, master scheduling, materials requirements planning, and production activity control.
  • Use backward scheduling to simulate the loading of work centers based on the priority plan for an end item and its components as determined during MRP.
  • Establish load profiles to graphically compare each work station's available capacity to the load established by the planned and released orders for each time period of the plan.
  • Resolve differences between work station loads and available capacity based on results of rough cut capacity planning prior to publishing the MPS.
  • Measure the utilization and efficiency of work stations.
Scheduling Techniques
  • Understand how to implement and determine the appropriate scheduling technique to control capacity at work centers: Finite scheduling, infinite scheduling, forward scheduling, and backward scheduling.
Master production schedule (MPS)
  • Understand the concept of master scheduling and develop the master schedule from the production plans.
  • Calculate the gross requirements from forecasts and customer orders, projected available balances, net requirements and available-to-promise.
  • Have the ability to interpret system action messages.
  • Develop resource and load profiles for rough-cut capacity planning and interpret rough-cut capacity output.
  • Develop a time fence policy to control the amount of change that can occur within a predefined area of the planning horizon to help stabilize the MPS.
  • Reserve a portion of capacity in MPS for unplanned events.
Other (risk management, sustainability):
  • Understanding of operations strategy, manufacturing process environments, and standards
  • Accurately identify risks that affect supply, transformation, delivery, and customer demand.
  • Effectively analyze the probability, control, and impact of identified risks.
  • Pursue paperless documentation

Expertise: Knowledge & Skills
  • ERP systems knowledge required; SAP systems knowledge highly desired
  • Knowledge of cGMP and FDA regulations preferred
  • Strong planning, problem solving, decision making, conflict management and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills (oral & written)
  • Ability to be a change agent and challenge the status quo
  • Demonstrate an interest in personal learning and development; seek out training to pursue career goals

Qualifications: Expertise: Qualifications - Experience/Training/Education/Etc

  • Bachelor's degree in Business, Operations, Supply Chain or related field. Other degree fields may be acceptable based on work experience
  • APICS certification (CPIM or CSCP) obtained within 18 months of hire
  • Minimum of 8 years of progressive experience in Supply Chain/Master Scheduling within a Manufacturing environment
  • 5 years supervisory experience
  • Evidence of continuing education through coursework and/or certifications
  • Above average analytical skills
  • APICS certification (CPIM or CSCP). Alternate certifications may be considered if substantiated as equivalent
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Braun offers an excellent benefits package, which includes healthcare, a 401(k) plan, and tuition reimbursement. To learn more about B. Braun and our safety healthcare products or view a listing of our employment opportunities, please visit us on the internet at Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities /Women/ Veterans/Disabled

Through its "Sharing Expertise®" initiative, B. Braun promotes best practices for continuous improvement of healthcare products and services.

Other: Responsibilities: Other Duties:
  • Manage activities of Schedulers and Detailed Schedulers including: ensuring execution of job responsibilities, day-to-day coaching, employee development, annual performance reviews and disciplinary actions.
  • Understand demand management and forecasting, strategic sourcing and purchasing
  • Understanding of business and supply chain strategy.
  • Collaborate with R&D and Engineering to properly reflect changing project timelines into the MPS to drive appropriate MRP requirements.
  • Continuously pursue optimization of ERP system utilization.
  • Monitor operational KPI's and identify root cause of variations, particularly for delivery and inventory KPIs.
The preceding functions have been provided as examples of the types of work performed by employees assigned to this position. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in this description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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