Executive Director Supply Chain


Madison, NJ

Industry: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech


11 - 15 years

Posted 3 days ago

  by    Nakita Gates

This role is responsible for supply planning activities for all internal manufacturing sites and third-party manufacturers. The key responsibility is to ensure that the manufacturing sites (internal and external) are producing in line with agreed upon target stock levels in each DC. The incumbent is the link between the regional supply chain teams and the manufacturing network.

Main Areas of Responsibilities:

The Global Supply Planning department consists of approximately 35 people, both directly and indirectly reporting to the ED in multiple locations. The ED has the authority to hire, promote, and terminate employees in the department.

Business owner for the implementation of the end-to-end supply planning model and its ongoing operational performance.

  • Provide a single point of contact for the manufacturing network to ensure alignment of the manufacturing plan, allocation of capacity in constrained work centers, and clear communication of supply disruptions.
  • In partnership with regional supply chain, market-level commercial teams, finance, and the manufacturing network, agree on safety stock targets. Measure compliance with stock targets and implement corrective action when it is out of alignment.
  • Provide key inputs to (aggregated demand requirements, capacity constraints, etc.) and participate in the network strategy forum to determine what strategy changes are needed in the manufacturing network.
  • Overall accountability for global material master data program with focus on harmonization, automation, and governance. Drives automation and standardization of supply chain reporting with a focus on increased use of analytics to make business decisions.
  • Leadership of the Global Supply Planning organization with a focus on talent development, succession planning, and building organization sustainability. Foster a culture of OpEx and continuous improvement.
  • Sets inventory targets globally – impacting customer service levels and working capital. Sets allocation plans for products under supply constraints – impacting revenue and customer service levels. Provides input into the strategic plan for the manufacturing network.
  • This role requires a thorough understanding of GMP, GDP, and other regulatory requirements related to supply chain for pharmaceutical and medical device globally.
  • This role will drive adoption of the new global planning model – requiring significant change management efforts.
  • This role ensures that the manufacturing plants produce the right inventory at the right time – to support all of Allergan's global sales.
  • This role interacts with all levels of the organization. On any given day, this could include EVP or a customer service representative.
  • In times of supply constraints, this role must negotiate with commercial and financial stakeholders in affected markets to determine the optimal allocation plan.
  • This role is accountable for the performance of the entire department and has the authority to hire, promote, and terminate.


The following listed requirements need to be met at a minimum level to be considered for the job:

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in Supply Chain Management in a life sciences or related industry.
  • A proven leader that can develop a strategic vision, communicate it to a team, and oversee the implementation.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

The below skills are attributes that may not be mandatory but are desired in the ideal candidate.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully build and maintain key cross-functional relationships; Ability to influence others to drive alignment in a matrixed organization.
  • Excellent collaborator and communicator (written and oral).
  • Results driven with strong organizational capability and process orientation


  • A Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Operations Management or related degreerequired. A Master's degree in a related field preferred.


$195K - $325K