Consultant- Demand Forecaster

Company Name:
Eli Lilly
Company Overview:
Lilly is the 10th largest pharmaceutical company in the world, and has been creating medicines that help improve peoples' quality of life for more than 135 years. Across the globe, we are a leader in investing in research and development and we also invest in our employees in competitive salaries, training and development, and health.
The pharmaceutical industry is a complex, rapidly changing environment and we are looking for highly capable leaders to help us continue bringing innovation to patients.
If you are interested in being considered for employment at Lilly, we encourage you to review the following opportunity.
The CTMMS Planning Organization is accountable for the development of molecule/study demand forecasts in partnership with the clinical team and the subsequent implementation of the supply plans. Additionally the CTMMS Planning organization is accountable for adequate and timely supply of New Drug Product and Finished Goods that ultimately ensures CT Material availability for patients.. This will be accomplished by planning and scheduling via a MRP system (SAP).
The Demand Forecaster is part of the CTMMS Planning Function and is responsible for translating clinical trial demand into CT material demand for one or more molecules in development.
The Demand Forecaster is specifically responsible for:
Planned independent requirements at the final distribution center servicing the sites.
Early demand planning for NDP or finished good materials prior to study and country information availability.
The demand forecast generated and decisions made by the Demand Forecaster have far reaching, global impact.
The clinical demand forecast is the most critical element that drives planning and execution activities across all CTMMS, other external functions, and internal and external manufacturing, packaging, and distribution plants around the globe.
The plan also directly impacts global Business Unit budgets and Lillys ability to meet Corporate clinical trial milestones.
Basic Qualifications:
Bachelors degree, preferably in health care or sciences related field or 5 + years work experience in clinical trial research and/or supply chain
Experience planning supply or demand in a Clinical Trial environment or within SAP (APO/Advanced Planning and Optimization strongly preferred).
Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Lilly does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position.
Additional Skills/Preferences:
At least 5 years of supply chain or clinical trial research experience.
Exceptional critical thinking, strategy development, and decision making skills
Ability to develop strategies and make decisions in the absence of an obvious answer/approach
Exceptional analytical skills and understanding of different demand forecasting options
Expertise in study design, supply chain management, clinical research process
Ability to learn and use different forecasting tools, including simulation-based systems
Ability to interpret data and apply the output
Exceptional partnership and communication skills both internal and across clinical
Strong organization and time management skills
Exceptional knowledge of investigational product requirements GCP and GMP
Responsible for the creation and maintenance of the Study Master in FCT
Requests new material setup where necessary
Early FCT demand planning for NDP or finished good materials prior to study and country information availability
Active and engaged member of the global study development team
Influence and negotiate study design and country selection decisions while proactively communicating risks and providing recommendations, as it relates to CT supply and budget management.
Communicate the material plan and completion of the Study Supply Agreement
Coordinate and consult with the Clinical Supply Coordinator , who will be primary member of PFTs after the study starts (ISST)
Translates protocol requirements into demand forecast
Strategy development: packaging design, label groupings, sourcing, brightstocking
Determine appropriate operating model for forecasting
Responsible for executing calculations in the appropriate forecasting tool, based on the OM (CT-FAST, FCT, early phase Calculator, etc.)
Regular re-evaluation of the demand forecast to align with S&OP
Responsible for forecasting the demand at the final hub/depot servicing the sites
Understand how demand forecasts impact global Business Unit budget, and develop forecasts in alignment with budget requirements, as necessary
Plan demand forecasts to meet study requirements enabling continuous supply of material to the clinical sites while minimizing costs, with consideration of budget constraints
Perform scenario planning and evaluate budget impact of different demand options
Identify specific risks associated to the budget or risks to the study supply based on budget limitations
Continually monitor and re-evaluate during study progression
Provide information, as requested, for budget development and/or changes to an existing budget as they relate to creation of or changes to the demand forecast
Review and sign-off of IxRS requirements.
Performs study-level risk assessment
Determine quantities for study-level import permits
Proactively identifies ways to improve day-to-day activities and practices.
Support efforts to improve productivity, efficiency, product quality and reduction of risk through the use of the Six Sigma methodology.
GMP/GCP Compliance
Must be knowledgeable on how to apply GMP/GCPs in a clinical trial environment and review and follow procedures applicable to the CT business. License/Certificate Requirements: None
Language Requirements: Must speak fluent English
Work outside of core hours may be required to support the portfolio across the globe
Minimal travel may be required, both domestic and international.
Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status
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