Production Planner/Detailed Scheduler/Buyer, Associate Specialist:
Merck USA

Merck USA
Wilson North Carolina
Requisition ID: SUP001311

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe. 

As a member of the Planning team, the Production Planner/Detailed Scheduler/Buyer works cross functionally partnering with Operations, Wilson Engineering Services, Engineering, Stability, and Quality to ensure timely supply.  This position is critical to successful operations and demands an understanding of the end to end supply chain with ultimate responsibility for the overall Planning, Scheduling and Buying processes for the Wilson, NC site.

Primary Duties: 

  • Balance finished goods supply and demand through Rapid Response, exception management, and SAP APO
  • In coordination with the Integrated Process Team (IPT), Supply Network Planner (SNP) and/or franchise management, prioritize, sequence and communicate planned orders based on optimal resource allocation, availability, and constraint management.  
  • Manage, level load and report capacity utilization for months 1-12
  • Partner with production and support areas to critically analyze and solve problems 
  • Allocate components while respecting batch determination rules, use-by and revision dates, expiration dating, and other exceptions
  • Manage printed components including revision changes, and purchasing within lead time at the correct quantity in SAP ECC
  • Adhere to standard work guidelines to ensure process metrics are successfully achieved
  • Communicate/escalate issues through the tier process for resolution and corrective actions
  • Maintain site-related planning master data to achieve the correct planning result



  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in Business, Supply Chain, Engineering or Science discipline 


  • Minimum of one (1) year of Production Planning/Detailed Scheduling/Supply Chain Management experience in a highly regulated manufacturing or packaging environment.  (In lieu of experience, a Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain Management)  
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Positive attitude, strong work ethic, ability to work under pressure, and be a fast learner
  • Self-motivated individual with ability to work autonomously and with a high degree of accuracy
  • Must be able to work in a Team-environment and collaborate cross-functionally
  • Strong Microsoft Office Knowledge – especially  Excel


  • Experience using SAP (ECC/APO/BI) and Kinaxis Rapid Response 
  • Data analytics with PivotTables, TIBCO Spotfire, charting, etc
  • Continuous Improvement Methodology (LSS, Kata etc) 

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 


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