Advisor, Clinical Trial Supply Planning & Inventory Management - Indianapolis, IN or Branchburg, NJ - Military Veterans

at Eli Lilly and Company

Indianapolis, Indiana

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 39,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

Company Overview:

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 39,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world. #WeAreLilly

Main Purpose and Objectives of Position:

Clinical Trial Supply Planning (CSP) is accountable for partnering with drug development teams, clinical and Chemistry Manufacturing & Controls to speed delivery of clinical trial materials to patients and enable innovative supply chain solutions.

The Advisor provides strategic leadership and technical expertise in all aspects of clinical trial (CT) supply planning and inventory management for clinical trials. This role ensures delivery of clinical trial material to support patients visits. They are a critical communication point to business leaders. They influence the capabilities, processes, metrics, and operations for clinical trial supply.

Key Responsibilities:

Clinical Supply Strategies

  • Develop and implement supply plans to ensure: plans are robust with key risks identified and mitigated; capability & capacity across CT supply chain are optimized (includes packaging, distribution, sites); supply chain principles are leveraged; supply plans are translated into the MRP System (e.g. SAP, including CT-WIN)
  • Ensure establishment of a sourcing strategy for commercial products.
  • Understand how supply strategy and demand forecast affects functional and Business Unit/Research budgets, communicate cost considerations for trial supply options as an input into decision making, and proactively manage communication around changes that impact the PD budget for a trial.
  • Deliver the supply strategy for supported molecules: manage risks through implementation of risk mitigation and contingency plans; resolve issues through creative problem solving and managing appropriate communication; adapt the supply strategy as drivers change through execution
  • Ensure CT Material Operations Teams for supported molecules are driving strong and effective supply planning, execution, and communication across PD and CM&C.
  • Ensure the priority, clinical strategy, and supply strategy are communicational and understood.
  • Support the assessment of due diligence opportunities as it relates to CT supply and integration of vital activities upon deal approvals.

Influence Clinical Development

  • Provide supply chain options to support clinical development strategies with clearly articulated benefits, risks and trade-offs.
  • Partner with clinical development teams and leadership in order to communicate, build trust and credibility, and improve knowledge of supply planning requirements/process.
  • Influence clinical strategy and plans to establish an efficient, robust, executable supply strategy.
  • Be the key point of contact within PD for clinical and development leadership as it relates to communication, issue management and problem solving.

CT Supply Chain Principles, Capability, and Organizational Impact

  • Develop deep knowledge of supply chain principles and strategies, supply chain tools and process, and functional construct associated with supply chain and use technical depth to develop and influence asset/trial/department strategy resulting in robust, reliable, efficient, and where needed, innovative, clinical supply strategies and plans/execution.
  • Influence, lead, and support strategic solutions to increase innovation, efficiency, and productivity within supply planning and PD, including identifying areas for strategic investment.
  • Maximize external environment, practices, and technology to improve PD supply planning principles, strategies, tools, and processes.
  • Ensure robust supply chain metrics oversee performance and drive operational excellence, integrating across clinical and CM&C.
  • Maintain and continue to improve business processes, tools, guidance and training.
  • Support continuous learning and rapidly institutionalize standard methodologies.
  • Identify and influence improved solutions for clinical trial patients and sites.
  • Build supply chain expertise and/or awareness in others.
  • Champion a dedication to quality and safety.

People Development and Capability Building

  • Train, coach, and mentor supply planning staff to deepen their supply chain expertise, improve their communication and drive effective CT material operations teams. This may be through direct or indirect reporting relationships, as assigned.
  • Develop future leaders and supply chain experts.
  • Support a culture that fosters inclusion, innovation, and judgement-based decision making.
  • Build, develop, influence and/or manage an agile organization that continuously meets the needs of a changing portfolio.
  • If assigned, recruit, develop, and retain an operationally capable workforce skilled in CT supply and its application in clinical development.

Minimum Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 10+ years of experience in clinical operations and or supply chain.

Additional Experience

  • Experience in two or more of the following areas: drug development, clinical drug development, CT material, CMC, quality or commercial manufacturing.
  • Exceptional critical thinking, strategy development, and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to develop strategies and make decisions in the absence of an obvious answer/approach.
  • Exceptional teamwork and communication skills – both internal and external.
  • Knowledge of investigational product requirements – GCP and GMP
  • Demonstrated understanding of external environment, practices, and technology within CT supply chain.

License/Certificate Requirements: N/A

Language Requirements: Must be fluent in English

Additional Preferences:

  • Licenses or Certifications (e.g. APICS, PM, Supply Chain Certificate)
  • Experience within clinical trial supply chain
  • Experience as a supervisor, preferably leading an organization
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams
  • Advanced degree (e.g. MSc, PharmD, PhD) and/or degree in health care, sciences, or supply chain filed
  • A deep understanding of quality systems and operating in a regulated environment.

Additional Information/Requirements:

  • Work outside of core hours may be required to support the portfolio across the globe
  • Minimal travel may be required (<10%), both domestic and international

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly USA, LLC and our wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Lilly”) are committed to help individuals with disabilities to participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Lilly, please email Lilly Human Resources ( Lilly_Recruiting_Compliance@lists.lilly.com ) for further assistance. Please note This email address is intended for use only to request an accommodation as part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Indianapolis, Indiana

Across the globe, Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.
We were founded in 1876 by Colonel Eli Lilly, a man committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet real needs. More than a century later, we are passionate about building on this precedent in our continued pursuit to make life better for individuals, communities, and the world around us.
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