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Avantor, Inc. Manager Demand Planning in Gliwice, Poland

Job SummaryThe Demand Planning Specialist for Manufacturing and Operations will manage all aspects of the demand planning process in the S&OP for our combined Avantor/VWR manufacturing sites. This includes all demand planning, forecasting processes, demand planning tools and metrics. He/she will be accountable for leading the optimization of forecasting and demand planning and the execution of the demand planning processes to meet and exceed customer requirements and business expectations across a 12-month horizon. He/she is accountable for developing a 12-month demand plan for manufacturing by facilitating the process with the commercial and distribution SC team.As a functional expert in demand planning, the Demand Planning Specialist will lead the tactical and strategic use of our SAP APO system. He/she is also responsible for optimizing master data and forecasting techniques using our demand planning tools.

Drives the deployment of the demand planning process within the overall S&OP process across the Avantor manufacturing and Operations organization. Manages and provides leadership for interfacing with the Avantor Distribution SC team to develop the demand plan for a minimum of 12 months. Provides leadership to incorporate corporate initiatives into the demand planning and forecasting processes. Manages the demand planning analyst in the development of the monthly forecast. Develops training and/or mentoring programs to build the capabilities of the demand planning staff Establishes and reports clear metrics, aligned with global policies, to manage the demand planning processes and the results in all areas. Provides data that drives actions including root cause analysis, problem-solving, actions, owners and timescales Establishes cross-functional teams as necessary to address demand planning process issues that will impact service to customers or business objectives Establishes and deploys best practices to ensure customer and business expectations are met for all processes.



Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain, Business or a related field required

MBA preferred

Six Sigma, and/or Lean Certification preferred


Minimum of ten (10) years of progressive job experience in demand and supply planning, logistics and procurement required in chemical, pharmaceutical or related industries

Working knowledge of SAP best practices and demand planning superuser capabilities required


Ability to lead transformational projects that meet both strategic and tactical objectives

Ability to communicate clearly the intended message in formal and informal settings

Ability to build relationships with other team members and gain commitment toward stated goals

Strong project management skills, prioritization and strategic planning skills

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Demonstrated ability to effectively lead through delegation and coaching

Strong business acumen

Demonstrated project management capabilities & people leadership skills

Ability to work with members of the organization at all different levels

Root cause analysis capabilities

Persistent with a high degree of positive customer focus

Strong hands-on capabilities

Other Skills

Outstanding systems and analytical skills.

Primary working language EN and PL/FR/NL

Strong skills in SAP

Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

Strong drive for results

Ability to be proactive in addressing corrective actions

Excellent skills in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint


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Avantor® is a leading global provider of integrated, tailored solutions for the life sciences and advanced technology industries. Strengthened by the recent acquisition of VWR, the Company is a trusted partner to customers and suppliers from discovery to delivery. With operations in more than 30 countries and a diverse portfolio that includes more than four million products, Avantor enables customer success through innovation, cGMP manufacturing and comprehensive service offerings. Collectively, we set science in motion to create a better world.

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