Astellas Pharma Manager Supply Chain in Northbrook, Illinois

Developing innovative therapies is one of the most challenging, most essential and personally rewarding fields in science. This is the most exciting time to be a part of Astellas, a company with a uniquely collaborative and patient-focused culture.

There's something special about working at Astellas. It's reflected in our focus on the people we serve, the way we treat each other and the results we achieve together as a company.

Astellas is announcing a Manager Supply Chain opportunity in Northbrook, IL.

Purpose & Scope:

The purpose of the Manager, Supply Chain is to provide single-point accountability and leadership for all supply chain aspects of assigned portfolio of products. Key responsibilities include, issue resolution, regular purchasing and planning tasks, performance improvement projects, and product life cycle management.

Achieves a high customer service level while minimizing inventory and supply chain costs. Ensures alignment of business strategies with supply chain strategies.

Works cross-functionally with contract manufacturers, suppliers, Astellas manufacturing plants, Marketing, Sales, Customer Operations, Demand Management, Quality, R&D, Regulatory, and country operations to develop and execute supply chain plans in support of strategic and financial goals.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Develops and executes supply plans to meet demand requirements. Creates and maintains net production and purchasing requirements based on forecast, lead time, shelf life and safety stock policy. Represents Supply in the S&OP process.

Manages supply continuity through establishing strong working relationships with CMO. Develops and manages performance metrics and participates in periodic business reviews.

Recommends and establishes supply chain strategy and tactics throughout the product life cycle. Activities include long-term capacity planning, capital investment planning, inventory policy, risk management and product rationalization.

Identifies and resolves supply issues with all required stakeholders including Senior Management, Customers, Suppliers, QC, Regulatory, Finance, Sales, and Marketing.

Participates in and, when appropriate, leads supply chain improvement projects including SAP enhancements, process improvements, SOP development and supply agreements.

Other duties as assigned, including on-the-job developmental opportunities and training.



Minimum 5 years Supply Chain experience.

SAP or other ERP software experience and strong knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.

Has strong understanding of supply chain and manufacturing environments.

Possesses strong cross-functional leadership capability.

Succeeds at influencing a wide spectrum of stakeholders.


Experience within the Life Sciences field and an international supply chain background is highly preferred.

Bachelor of Science or equivalent required - preferably in supply chain, operations or related discipline. MBA preferred.


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Category Supply Chain