Materials Planner
Cootehill, Ireland
21d ago


About Abbott

At Abbott, we're committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life.

Today, 94,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

Abbott in Ireland

In Ireland, Abbott employs more than 3,200 people across 11 sites. Abbott has six manufacturing facilities located in Clonmel, Cootehill, Donegal, Longford and Sligo and a third party manufacturing management operation in Sligo.

It has commercial operations in Dublin and shared services in Dublin and Westport. Abbott serves the Irish market with a diverse range of health care products including diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals.

Abbott has been operating in Ireland since 1946.

Abbott Ireland Nutrition Division Cootehill

Abbott Nutrition in Cootehill manufactures infant nutritional products for the export markets. The facility is dedicated to providing products of the highest quality standard to its customers.

Abbott Nutrition produces a range of infant formulae in all pack sizes under the brand name Similac . To complement the range of Similac infant formulae, the facility also manufactures a range of follow on formulae under the brand name of Gain .

The essential ingredient is liquid skim milk and this is combined with carbohydrate, vegetable oils, vitamins and minerals.

The product is blended, pasteurised, dried and packaged at the site and once packaged, is distributed to Europe, South East Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Canada.

Established in 1975, Abbott Nutrition in Ireland is the largest powder manufacturing facility for the production of infant formulae within the Abbott Corporation worldwide.

Approximately 1,000 dairy farms in Ireland and Northern Ireland supply quality milk to the Cootehill facility which processes 500,000 litres per day.

This secure supply together with Ireland’s reputation as a green, clean environment is of significant strategic importance to Abbott Nutrition.

Discover why candidates choose a career at Abbott Ireland here

We are now looking for Materials Planner and this position will include the following :

  • Follow all Environmental, Health and Safety Rules and Regulations in the plant.
  • Report any current or potential hazards to your manager immediately.
  • Wear the correct Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E.) at all times. Consult the appropriate SOP where required.
  • Ensure Customer focus and product availability through effective management of MRP / MPS while ensuring cost and quality compliance.
  • Manage the planning function to generate plant schedules in line with market demands. Coordinate the S&OP process and incorporate NPI into plant schedules.
  • Link between plant, ALOG and markets.

  • Work with ALOG and supply chain members to meet target performance on KPIs (including service to customers and inventory levels).
  • Coordinate relevant purchased materials to support production and meet product cost within the framework of Abbott Code of Business and applicable laws.
  • Develop and grow relationships with other manufacturing sites, Corporate, ANSC Purchasing and ANSC Materials Management as relevant to planning.
  • Develop good links with suppliers and with other elements of the supply chain.

  • Assure compliance with local (including ISO) and Abbott rules, policies and regulations. In addition meet all regulatory requirements (local and markets).
  • Make optimum use of all plant systems including MCS and Infor Advanced Schedule to record and action planning activities.
  • Stay involved in the identification and development of latest technologies including developments on global software e.g.

    JDA and Cognos as relevant to Cootehill.

  • Maintain records and files for key suppliers. Assist in monitoring supplier performance against KPIs.
  • Provide data to support development of annual Plan and Product Cost.
  • Maintain local planning policies and procedures in line with overall Abbott requirements.
  • Liaise with other plant areas including Manufacturing, Engineering and QA to ensure plant schedules are understood and achieved.
  • Monitor inventories and action slow moving or obsolete stock.
  • This Job function will change where update procedures to GMP, EHS, Technical / New Equipment, Quality Procedures & SOP’s are made.
  • This list of responsibilities may change depending on plant needs and employees are expected to be adaptable and flexible where this need arises.
  • Major Responsibilities

  • To provide a planning function to ensure plant output is in line with market needs and agreed schedules through the supply chain.
  • Provide backup expertise to other areas involved in planning and backup to the other Material functions of Purchasing & Warehouse.

  • Inventory control system accuracy.
  • Ensure product availability, providing visibility of the customer throughout the site an alignment of production plan.
  • Ensure effective management of Master Production Schedule / Material Requirement Planning
  • Ensure effective management of Inventory
  • This function reports to the Planning Team Leader within the overall Materials Management function.
  • Supervisory / Management Responsibilities

    Education Required

    The Planner is responsible for detailed plant scheduling and coordinating the flow of information and product through the supply chain.

    The role is a key contact with important customers, with suppliers, with Abbott Distribution and also with other Abbott locations.

  • Bachelor’s Degree : Appropriate qualification in either Purchasing / Production Planning e.g. Diploma in Purchasing or relevant APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society) examinations.
  • General Degree with relevant Manufacturing experience.
  • This will provide a basic understanding of the purchasing techniques being used in Abbott Cootehill required for the position.
  • Knowledge

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills.
  • Some level of experience in a planning role is desirable but can be compensated by training.
  • Good team working skills are required but also the ability to work alone on own initiative.
  • A high level of computer literacy is required.
  • Good logic and computing capability is required.
  • A high level of integrity is essential.
  • The ability to handle complex issues in a high profile, immediate environment is required.
  • Ability to adapt and change as the needs of business dictates.
  • Accountability / Scope

  • Deviation from specification or failure to take corrective action or follow procedures for any period of time could have serious financial and quality consequences.
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