Senior Associate Global Study Planner (33357)

Posted 03 July 2024
Salary Negotiable
Job type Temporary
DisciplineLife Science Recruitment
Contact NameTim Browaeys

Job description

Orion Group Life Sciences are looking for a Senior Associate Global Study Planner for our Multinational Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology client based in Breda. Initial 12-month contract, with high possibility of extension. Hybrid position, 3-4 days onsite for 3 months training and afterwards going to 2 days.

What will you do

In this role you independently execute Demand and Supply Planning processes for dedicated clinical studies with a global scope. You ensure Finished Drug Product supplies from study start throughout last patient dosed and you are involved until study closure. It is your responsibility to coordinate efficient and effective operational inventory management. Balance ensure supplies and minimizing scrap during the full length of the study.

The global study planner is responsible for the demand and supply planning for the assigned clinical studies, typically less than 10 studies by planner. You manage the packaging and labelling orders to ensure supply based on the latest expected demand for a study. You ensure supply readiness for each new study that is about to start. You represent the planning steam in improvement initiatives and cross functional meetings. You manage performance through daily SQDIP Performance Board and adhere to the targets for supply and demand driven metrics and measures.


  • You are involved and prepared for forecasting drug conversations and adjust system settings timely to reflect the latest expectations on study demand until end of trial. This includes attending and leading meetings with the study manager based in UK or US.

  • Based on demand at the clinical sites and available supplies that hit an expiry date, you ensure supply in the central warehouses and all sites that participate in the clinical trial. Indicate ratio, volume and timing of packaging and shipment of packed supplies.

  • You balance the right amount of inventory with the scrap risk and management guidance on inventory levels.

  • You resolve logistical conflicts impacting studies and R&D milestones ensuring that supplies are not on the critical path.

  • You promptly identify and escalate risks to study timelines or clinical supplies, from a supply chain perspective to all key stakeholders and internal management.

  • You utilize systems to effectively manage key product such as the Forecasting system, SAP, Hospital inventory and dosing system, Dashboard controls and internal documents as a source for daily activities.

  • You clearly articulate the clinical supply chain management processes and strategies to key stakeholders.

  • You identify, review and/or update existing procedures as per Good Manufacturing Procedures.

  • You negotiate resolution of resource conflicts where necessary and actively participate in planning meetings to ensure that project needs, priorities, and timing are understood.


  • Knowledge of (clinical) supply chain management.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in logistics, business administration.

  • Minimum 5 years relevant working experience in supply planning, preferably in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written communication.

  • Advanced experience in MS Office applications.

  • Experience in using ERP systems, preferably SAP.

  • Basic understanding of regulatory guidelines impacting clinical supplies.

If you would like to have a confidential conversation regarding this opportunity please reach out to Tim Browaeys, or contact Tim on 0044 7593448607

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