Production Planner

November 7, 2018
Gaithersburg, MD.
Job Type


At Novavax, a clinical-stage vaccine company, we are creating tomorrow's vaccines today! We seek to attract, develop, and retain talented people who share our passion for science, medicine, and human health. We foster an environment of teamwork and collaboration, built on a culture that values and appreciates its employees. We are a fast-paced company that provides employees with opportunities to achieve personal and professional goals while also maintaining a balance between work and personal life.

The Planner is responsible for evaluating all material related Planning activities needed to meet clinical, commercial, and process development manufacturing requirements.  The principal objective of the Planner is to evaluate and execute the immediate pending needs of the manufacturing schedule and report/coordinate deliveries to supported departments.  The planner also provides data and support to management for decision making as appropriate.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Planning / Scheduling

  • Manage material requirements planning for multiple manufacturing facilities and multiple products.
  • Generate schedule scenarios to provide management with the necessary information needed to formulate decisions on various schedule changes (i.e. NPI's, forecast adjustments, SLA's, changeovers, PM's, etc)
  • Assist with managing level loading of material requirements to supply material to various receiving departments.
  • Execute / monitor MRP calculations.
  • Perform data analysis to support decision making around raw material supply and bulk drug substance demand.
  • Create and manage required Bills of Material, Production Orders, and Production Routings.
  • Participate in required meetings to assist in coordination of production / campaign schedules with Manufacturing and PD.
  • Review, propose, and aide in implementation of solutions related to the "MRP to consumption" flow of materials from receipt to issuance; including release testing and material disposition.
  • Assist in lifecycle management process to optimize inventory, eliminate material expiry, and reduce scrap.


ERP / Metrics

  • Support all Planning related to ERP system master data.
  • Participate and support all ERP system changes or new implementations.


Project / Other

  • Act as a change agent for OE or continuous improvement efforts to include but not limited to SOP implementation/revisions, department specific metrics, and inventory related data activities.


Skills and Competencies:

  • Intermediate knowledge of MRP, database management, inventory planning and forecasting, and product structures.
  • Must be organized, possess time management skills, and be able to manage changing priorities.
  • Ability to develop processes and act as a catalyst for change.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, and communication skills.


Minimum Requirements:

  • 2-5 years of planning experience, with pharma or biotech experience preferred.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.  APICS certification a plus (CPIM, CFPIM, or CSCP).
  • Intermediate knowledge with ERP / MRP systems.
  • Intermediate/Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office products, particularly MS Excel, Access, and Outlook.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with other team members to provide solutions and manage change within the organization
  • Experience communicating to all levels of the organization- to effectively communication assignment status, manufacturing or material issues both orally and written.


Novavax, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company committed to delivering novel products to prevent a broad range of infectious diseases. Using innovative proprietary recombinant nanoparticle vaccine technology, we produce vaccine candidates to efficiently and effectively respond to both known and emerging disease threats. Our vaccine candidates are genetically engineered three-dimensional nanostructures that incorporate recombinant proteins critical to disease pathogenesis.

Our product pipeline targets a variety of infectious diseases, with clinical vaccine candidates for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and Ebola virus (EBOV), and preclinical programs for Zika virus (ZIKV), seasonal influenza and a combination respiratory vaccine candidate, as well as other infectious disease vaccine candidates.

Novavax, Inc. is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland with additional facilities in Rockville, Maryland and Uppsala, Sweden. Novavax is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol NVAX and is dedicated to developing novel vaccines to address infectious disease.

Novavax, Inc. offers a base salary, annual bonus, stock options, professional career development/growth opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, Rx, STD, LTD, Life, Optional Life, 401(k) plan.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

Novavax, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

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