Planning Lead

CordenPharma Colorado
Colorado (US)
Job #1935

CordenPharma Colorado
Job #1935

Boulder, Colorado (US)

CordenPharma Colorado

CordenPharma Colorado is a highly sophisticated and entrepreneurial mid-sized pharmaceutical manufacturing company located in Boulder, Colorado. Our chemists and engineers are widely recognized for their history of innovation, having developed efficient manufacturing processes for some of the world’s most complex pharmaceutical compounds. CordenPharma Colorado also is acclaimed for its flexible manufacturing facilities and experienced workforce that can handle a wide range of production techniques and volumes. Ultimately, in partnership with our customers, CordenPharma Colorado is focused on its health care mission, proudly producing medicines that help patients around the globe survive and enjoy more comfortable lives.


Support our customers, leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, in full and on time (DIFOT) with products and services. Our ultimate stakeholders and beneficiaries are naturally the patients in critical need of the sophisticated medications we manufacture.

We should never forget that the work we all do as an organization is critical to patients and ultimately improves peoples’ lives. There lies our right for existence, challenge, opportunity and motivation that should drive each of us individually at your respective sites and us together company-wide across the entire network.


Responsible for managing all of the planning and scheduling of CordenPharma production and maintenance operations. Ensures proposals are planned for key activities to ensure resource availability. Develops and modifies a resource loaded production schedule. Ensures the Integrated Production Plan is up to date and that SAP properly reflects the production activities of all areas. Evaluates options to improve utilization of key resources. Provides site Production Planning and Material Master Maintenance SAP support as needed.

Other duties may be assigned.

  • >>  Plans the key activities including manufacturing as part of the RFP evaluation process.
  • >>  Directs the production planning function and the material coordinator’s activities to ensure accuracy of planned and actual data.
  • >>  Develop monthly and yearly production schedules, for budget and forecast processes, which will meet customer requirements, schedule adherence, and support right the first time requirements.
  • >>  Directs the preparation and maintenance of accurate manufacturing schedules within SAP that will be used to direct the activities of related support functions.
  • >>  Leads the optimization of the production planning process by maximizing production capabilities.
  • >>  As site representative for production planning, will communicate issues and possible solutions in a timely manner.
  • >>  Establishes and maintains strong, transparent and effective day to day working relationships between, operations, supply chain, PMO, R&D, internal support, regulatory groups, and CP customers related to assigned duties.
  • >>  Responsible for establishing and maintaining short to long-term (<24 months) production schedules based on input from customer forecasts, manufacturing management, and the program Management Office (PMO). Monitors the execution of production plans and updates schedules as necessary to ensure tracking tools are up to date.
  • >>  Ensures that the manufacturing plan and maintenance activities are well scheduled, coordinated and, where possible, optimized.
  • >>  Leads detailed production/maintenance resource planning, including resolution of utilization conflicts, in concert with production management, PMO, and supply chain.
  • >>  Leads communication of production and maintenance schedules to all other departments.
  • >>  Leads optimization and continuous improvement of systems used for manufacturing and maintenance scheduling. This includes analysis of manufacturing and maintenance workflows to identify areas for improvement.
  • >>  Regularly interfaces with procurement, logistics, PMO, operations and finance areas to lead timely and accurate data for materials requirements planning (MRP) in support of supply chain functions (including production recipes, Bills of Material (BOM’s) costing recipes and planned and process orders).
  • >>  Implements tools for scheduling, monitoring, and planning improvements in the manufacturing and maintenance areas.
  • >>  Develops and maintains standard workflows within the manufacturing and maintenance/facilities departments to optimize interactions between the departments.
  • >>  Leads programs to continuously improve the efficiency of maintenance performed at the facility, reducing maintenance interruption to running programs and streamlining the resources required to complete maintenance tasks.
  • >>  Inputs manufacturing capabilities into the system for long term S&OP capacity planning.
  • >>  Provides input to annual operating budget and communicates issues with adherence within budget targets.
  • >>  Implements and maintains adherence to all company policies concerning environmental, health, safety, quality and human resources.
  • >>  Maintains adherence to all company policies concerning environmental, health, safety, quality, and human resources.


Manages staff and directs activities of planning and material coordination in all manufacturing areas. Carries out leadership responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.


Every individual is personally responsible for the safety and environmental aspects of his or her activities in the workplace. Each employee is expected to perform their job duties in a safe manner utilizing all of their knowledge, training, ability and experience.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) with five or more years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience, including experience in a manufacturing environment. Candidate should have a background working with SAP and Microsoft Office Suite.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; work with hands; reach above shoulder height; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, low levels of toxic or caustic chemicals, outside weather conditions, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


These are the specific areas of knowledge, skill and ability that are important for successful job performance. They must be job related and consistent with business necessity.

  • >>  Strong interpersonal skills, high motivation and energy to coordinate a number of functions across an organization
  • >>  Highly developed leadership, mentoring, and facilitation skills
  • >>  Analytical problem solving skills
  • >>  Coaching and mentoring skills
  • >>  Leadership and negotiation skills
  • >>  Ability to positively interact with other Corden sites as well as all external customers
  • >>  Strong knowledge and capabilities to apply business software solutions such as Microsoft Excel and Word
  • >>  Strong GMP and quality assurance skills as applied to data management and auditing
  • >>  Demonstrated project management skills and ability to completely follow through tasks and projects to completion
  • >>  Excellent oral, written, communication and interpersonal skills
  • >>  Ability to forecast work, identify potential conflicts, develop and communicate potential solutions
  • >>  Ability to understand and implement company policies and practices, including regulatory compliance
  • >>  Demonstrated work organization and time management skills
  • >>  Functional and practical expertise of the SAP PM/PS modules and the interface between SAP modules is a plus


This is an exempt position. Salary based upon the successful candidate’s qualifications and level of experience.


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Job #1935 – Planning Lead