Global Supply and Demand Planner

Location Breda
Discipline: Biotechnology
Contact name: Isla Littlewood

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Job ref: 19105
Published: 26 days ago

Global Supply and Demand Planner for Clinical Studies

Global Clinical Supply Chain arranges the product that is needed for the client’s clinical trials. They serve patients around the global and ensure that no patient comes to the hospital and find out that there is no medication for them to dose with. The planning team is responsible for planning and arranging the inventory in centralized warehouse and hospitals throughout the world. The planners apply several Demand management and Supply Planning processes in a complex and demanding environment. Depending on experience, the Global Study Planners (GSP) handles medium or high complex clinical studies. The study planners are supported by a small team of supportive planners for the more routine part of the work.

Your profile:

  • Knowledge of supply chain management
  • Minimum bachelor degree in logistics, supply chain or business administration
  • Minimum 2 year’s relevant working experience in a complex supply chain, preferably in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Fluency in English and Dutch, both verbal and written communication
  • Understanding the relationship between key supply chain responsibilities, and your input on the impact to up- and downstream activities
  • Able to work with several stakeholders internationally
  • Advanced experience in MS Office applications
  • Experience in using ERP systems, preferably SAP
  • Basic understanding of regulatory guidelines impacting clinical supplies is a plus (i.e. GxP, ICH guidelines, Clinical Trial Directive)
  • LEAN or Six sigma experience is a plus

The role:
As Global Study Planner you work to support the 99,9% target to ensure dosing clinical supply to patients who participate in trials. The clinical supply chain is complex by nature due to the restrictions. You execute Demand and Supply Planning processes for your assigned dedicated clinical studies with a global scope. You coordinate efficient and effective operational inventory management. The GSP is responsible to balance ensure supplies with the demand and minimizes product waste during the full length of the study within boundaries from management based on costs and volume of the products involved in the trial.

Under general direction of sr. manager, the GSP manages the following responsibilities for assigned programs with a medium-complex study design:

  • Translate Clinical Development requirements into an actionable global supply plan
  • Lead forecasting efforts, including key stakeholder meetings, to ensure the adequacy of supply/re-supply strategies and negotiate resolution of resource constraints where necessary and actively participate in planning meetings to ensure that project needs, priorities, and timing are understood
  • Serve as the primary interface with Clinical Development, Quality, and Regulatory Affairs to ensure coordination of all activities necessary to maintain the forecast and ensure an adequate supply plan
  • Resolve logistical conflicts impacting studies and R&D milestones ensuring that supplies are not on the critical path
  • Initiate labeling, packaging, and shipment of packed supplies
  • Promptly identify and escalate risks to study timelines or clinical supplies, from a supply chain perspective, to all key stakeholders and internal management
  • Articulate clinical supply chain management processes and strategies to key stakeholders
  • Review and update existing procedures and identify the need for and assist in the establishment of new procedures


  • Contract: 1 year
  • 40 hours per week – HYBRID – 1-2 days on site
  • Start date: ASAP
  • Location: Breda

If interested, please send your CV to Isla Littlewood at or call +31 20 20 44 502 for more info.