External Supply Manager – Pharma

External Supply Manager - Pharma

Region: Europe
Location: England
Salary: Up to 100,000
Posted: 24th February 2020

Position Overview:  The External Supply Manager is responsible to manage the external sourced supply chain of all EU based contract manufacturing sites to insure the uninterrupted supply of all assigned SKUs to both EMEA and global customers.   Additionally the ESM will provide regional oversight, management and support to insure uninterrupted supply of all SKUs imported into the EMEA region.

Key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Ensures the uninterrupted supply of all EU SKUs through accurate forecasting, planning, scheduling, ordering and supplier coordination.
  • Works with the CMOs and partners to resolve supply issues.
  • Participates and contributes to the EU forecasting, demand planning, inventory planning, capacity planning processes
  • Issues PRs, executes the MRP and work closely with Procurement to insure adequate inventory of all supplied materials to the CMOs
  • Manage inventory targets and safety stock levels
  • Plans and manages the Supply Chain launches of new SKUs from EMEA CMOs.
  • Ensure proper set-up and operation of the Gains MRP process, including correctness and updates of master data.
  • Planning/procurement for all non-strategic materials to CMOs
  • Reporting out of trend supply situation to EU Supply Chain Director
  • Preparing CMO MIS for OpsCom


  • BS or BA Degree, preferably with focus on Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Operations or Supply Chain management; MBA in Operations/ Supply-chain Management preferred.
  • Five+ years’ experience in either manufacturing or production planning and inventory control, preferable in a generic pharmaceutical environment.
  • Five+ years experiencing managing external pharmaceutical supply through contract manufacturers, contract packagers and outside testing sites.
  • Experienced in managing satellite supply chain with interface of multiple CMO and testing sites. Expertise in running parallel activities of complex supply chain.
  • Strong knowledge and experience of SAP is mandatory
  • General knowledge of MRP and inventory control systems.
  • Exposure to cGMP principles and practices, EU quality release processes and regulatory aspects of label changes.
  • Analytical, conceptual, problem solving & decision making
  • Good collaborative skills
  • Self-starter with the ability to learn and adapt
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access).
  • Positive person with good communication skills


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Email: cbiggemann@barringtonjames.com Telephone: 01293 776644

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