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Lilly Associate Director - Clinical Trial Supply Management in Cork, Ireland

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The Clinical Supply Planning and Systems (CSPS) function is accountable for partnering with drug development teams, clinical, PRD, and the broader Product Delivery Organization to enable innovative supply chain solutions and speed the delivery of clinical trial materials for patients.

This is accomplished by planning and scheduling via a Material Requirements Planning (MRP) system (SAP)and communications with key business partners. The Clinical Trial Supply Management Associate Director is responsible for collaborating with the Product Delivery Supply Sr. Director and the broader Product Delivery organization to influence clinical trial design and supply chain strategy for all molecules and trials in development, including the most complex.

The Clinical Trial Supply Management Associate Director is responsible for developing demand forecasts and inventory management strategies at hubs, depots, and sites then executing the strategy in partnership with cross-functional operational teams.

The Clinical Trial Supply Management Associate Director is the primary contact to the global clinical team for the trials they support. The Clinical Trial Supply Management Associate Director will drive robust, strategic discussions with their clinical and functional counterparts to develop different supply scenarios that meet trial intent while looking for efficiencies and speed. The clinical demand forecast and inventory management strategies developed by the Clinical Trial Supply Management Associate Director drives planning and execution activities across Product Delivery, other functions, and internal and external manufacturing, packaging, and distribution plants around the globe.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Product Delivery Supply Sr. Director and Molecule Planners to provide expertise in supply chain methodologies while continually looking for internal and external advancements to grow technical expertise and drive processes improvements for productivity and efficiency gains.

  • Be an active and engaged member of the global trial development team influencing trial designs and protocol language around all aspects of clinical supply.

  • Ensure adequate and timely supply of Clinical Trial (CT)Material to support CT execution.

  • Translate protocol or planned protocol requirements into demand forecast:

  • Influence supply strategy

  • Determine appropriate operating model for forecasting and calculate the forecast with appropriate business-approved tool and processes.

  • Manage accurate CT Material demand forecast via MRP System (SAP) per business processes

  • Regularly re-evaluate the demand forecast to align with CD&OP

  • Create and deliver appropriate training and pharmacy manual creation as it related to CT material and supply.

  • Utilize forecasting techniques and site inventory management tools to ensure CT Material supply at sites, hubs, and depos throughout the life of a trialo Coordinate initial shipment strategy and execution to clinical sites .

  • Leverage systems and tools to maintain proper inventory levels and timely, reliable shipment forecast

  • Perform trial-level risk assessments on CT Material quantities and expiry dates throughout life of trial

  • Calculate and re-assesses quantities for trial-level import permits, as necessary

  • Ensure proper destruction of material, as appropriate.

  • Maintain GMP/GCP compliance by following follow procedures applicable to clinical trial execution

  • Communicate with affiliates, global team members, and eternal partners on timing for CT Material shipments and material availability.

  • Problem solve CT Material issues including temperature excursions, material needs, shipment receipt and other issues.

  • Create, review, and/or approve appropriate documents outlined in business processes•

  • Appropriately escalate from issue identification through resolution within Product Delivery and to the clinical function as it relates to CT supply.

  • Understand how supply strategy and demand forecast affects Product Delivery and Business Unit/Research budgets, communicate cost considerations for various trial supply options as an input into decision making, and proactively manage communication around changes that impact the Product Delivery budget for a trial.

  • Provide information, as requested, for budget development and/or changes to an existing budget as they relate the demand forecast or supply strategy.

  • Reach across boundaries and integrate information from external and internal collaborators to bring together diverse perspectives for supply plans.

  • Create, review, and/or approve appropriate documents outlined in business processes.

  • Support innovation and process optimization to speed drug development by influencing scenarios around supply strategies and business process improvement.

  • Fostering an environment of integrated teamwork and partnership via shared learning, accountability, influencing others without authority.

Educational Requirements:

•Bachelor’s degree or relevant work experience preferably in health care or sciences related field.

Experience Requirements:

  • At least 8 years of supply chain or clinical trial research experience

  • Exceptional critical thinking, strategy development, and decision making skills

  • Ability to develop strategies and make decisions in the absence of an obvious answer/approach

  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills

  • Exceptional organization and time management skills

  • Strong partnership and communication skills – internal and external partners

  • Exceptional project management capabilities

  • Knowledge of investigational product requirements – GCP and GMP

  • Experience in SAP planning

Language Requirements: Must speak fluent English

Additional Preferences:

  • APICS, Supply Chain Certificate (via MBA or specific university program)

  • Project Management Certification

  • Formal Project Management Experience

  • Inventory and supply management expertise

  • Clinical research/study expertise, including:

  • How study or supply chain variability impact planning

  • How study supplies are determined and managed

  • How study blinding is maintained

Additional Information/Requirements:

  • Work outside of core hours may be required to support the portfolio across the globe

  • Minimal travel may be required, both domestic and international.

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