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AbbVie Inventory Planning Manager in North Chicago, Illinois

About AbbVie

AbbVie’s mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people’s lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at . Follow @abbvie on Twitter ( , Facebook ( , Instagram ( , YouTube ( and LinkedIn ( .

The Inventory Planning Manager owns the coordination of the master production plan within the manufacturing site and all associated follow- on activities. Drives proper production scheduling adherence ensuring an optimized plan supporting ensuring efficiency and predictability. Enhances the capability of the site through optimizing planning parameters to drive efficiencies while supporting inventories targets across our key supply chain. Serves as the main point of contact for all our partners in supply chain while action as a key site champion in driving the proper monthly Sales and Operations planning process along with supporting achievement of the AbbVie’s financial and strategic goals.


•Manage the coordination/execution with the manufacturing department of the full window of firmed orders of the production schedule, supporting schedule execution and timely finished goods delivery.

•Responsible in overseeing the site's work order coordinators/specialists supporting the production plan in providing guidance, coaching, and proper strategic direction.

•Handle unplanned orders and provide delivery commitments by checking material availability, and maintaining constant communication with Corporate Planning, or directly with customers.

•Communicate schedule changes/risk proactively with stakeholders and engage decision makers to enable right production decisions are made.

•Lead the overall daily schedule review process focused on monitoring performance and following through on resulting actions with material management and cross functional partners.

•Prepare the weekly / monthly production plan. Factors incorporated into this plan are dynamic, including an evaluation of known and projected demands, trends, manufacturing and finishing lead times, raw material and finishing supply lead times, inventory investment, and predetermined target levels.

•Manage the weekly MPS lock discussion meeting between cross functional plant groups to ensure the best finite schedule set is attainable by all parties.

•Drive the schedule reporting process to analyze Actuals vs. Plan/LBE, provide accurate and timely volume estimates for site financial reporting, and actively work with key stakeholders to understand drivers for variances.

•Responsible for maintaining the effectiveness of the INFOR planning system for the material management department.

•Set strategic direction for new NPI focused on process, right first time, and schedule adherence; Support the introduction of new products to the site.


•Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Sciences or Engineering. MBA desirable.

•Five (5) years of experience in the Materials Management field, with hands on experience in the following areas: Master Production Scheduling, Inventory Control, Production Activity Control, and Materials Requirement Planning.

•The incumbent must have experience with computerized inventory control systems and hands-on experience in Excel, Word, Power Point, etc.

•A high level of human relations skills to deal with all levels of management and professionals within the company, and interface and negotiate with external agencies.

•Excellent problem solving and decision-making abilities. Excellent analytical/statistical skills (able to interpret & provide a broader context to converging information).

•Broad business perspective (able to provide advice and alternatives in financial & non-financial matters). The position requires good analytical skills, and ability to make sound judgement, and business decisions. The individual must interpret and evaluate forecasts to establish production plans, evaluate demand vs. capacity constraints, and impact of new products on the plant load.

•The position requires frequent analysis of product mix, service level, and product quality. The individual must be able to work on a multitask ever changing environment, with the ability to maintain flexibility in the overall planning to make Plant commitments and goals.

•The nature of the role requires extensive interaction with vendors, customers, product development centers, partner organizations and planning centers. The problems that are encountered typically relate to business processes, planning, project execution and communication. Creativity, innovation, and decisiveness are necessary to resolve these issues and drive the business forward.

•Requires total commitment to quality and maintaining a high standard of work during continuous periods of change.

•Prioritizes their own and their teams work in line with business demands.

•Subject matter expert on SAP and other data tools by department.

Significant Work Activities

Continuous standing for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)


Yes, 5 % of the Time

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Equal Employment Opportunity

At AbbVie, we value bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As an equal opportunity employer we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.