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Employer Fastnet The Talent Group
Job Title Director Material Operations

Our client is a leading Biopharma organisation located in Cork. They wish to appoint a Director of Material Operations. The successful candidate will be a member of the Site Leadership team with accountability for the site Supply Chain function. Key aspects of this role include, material purchasing, warehouse and dispensary operations, Drug Substance shipping, bill of material and recipe management, high level and detailed capacity definition, and plant master scheduling.

They will also provide leadership to the material operations team who support manufacturing by ensuring that plans are always feasible, and due dates are always valid and up to date. The team is also responsible for coordinating cross-functional activity at the site with the ultimate objective of meeting supply targets allocated through the S&OP process. Coupled with this, the Material Operations function supports manufacturing and packaging operations directly through the timely supply of materials.

This is a critical role within the organizations broader Supply Chain community and participates in network initiatives and efforts, including improving governance, and delivering Supply Chain Strategic objectives. Key interfaces include, Global Procurement, Global Supply Planning & logistics, strategy teams and IT as well CMC.


  • Maintain and develop a culture focused on safety and quality in the Material Operations team
  • Accountability for Master Scheduling: Define and update, in a regular and routine fashion, with work center owners and identified process experts, the parameters needed for detailed capacity planning—including lead times, yields, success rates, run rates and shop calendars. Manage escalation and decision-making around planning time fence crashes.
  • Participate as an active member of the Site Leadership Team providing leadership and support to the Material Operations team and the site.
  • Ensure that material delivery and release dates align with the production plan with support from Global Procurement, as required.
  • Key site interface with purchased material suppliers, building relationships, measuring and improving supplier performance and material cost.
  • Ensure trade compliance in relation to material shipping to and from the site with support from Global Logistics.
  • Participate in (internal or external plant governance), leading or facilitating as needed, to deliver the Site Strategic Business Plan.
  • Work with master data owners to ensure that data used for production planning and scheduling are up to date.
  • Lead transformation change initiatives as requested and required by Site Leadership in support of the Site Strategic Business Plan.
  • Create and maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace that is aligned with the organisations culture.
  • Build focus and engagement by fostering opportunities for ownership, impact and continual professional development.


  • Degree in Business, Science / Engineering, Operations Management, or Industrial Engineering required
  • APICS certification and/or supply chain education preferred.
  • Other continuing education initiatives highly desirable (e.g. Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, industry specific coursework)
  • At least 12 years GMP/GCP compliant Biopharma operations experience required
  • Experience with Master Scheduling, Inventory Analysis and Management, ERP (Oracle) systems, and new product launches required
  • Demonstrated ability to partner with other functional groups to achieve business objectives required
  • Experience successfully leading transformational change
  • Superior communication skills - Oral, written and formal presentation skills with senior management, middle management and line staff
  • Creative problem-solving skills
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Location Cork
Date Added 131 days ago
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