Celgene Director, CAR-T Supply Planning in Summit, New Jersey


Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health. We value our passion for patients, ​quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries, and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.

The Supply Planning team is focused on optimizing Celgene’s operations network and global supply chain. This role leads the team’s primary responsibilities to develop robust, cost effective manufacturing and supply chain strategies to enable commercialization of the CAR T pipeline.

This position will facilitate best in class S&OP and IBP processes for CAR T products, deliver optimized capacity plans and production schedules and develop optimum inventory policies. The individual will work closely with teams within commercial supply chain as well as cross-functionally across the company to ensure timely product commercialization.

This role requires the incumbent to develop and maintain strong collaborative and cooperative working relationships with team members across different functions and at different levels within the organization. This is a highly integrated role touching many functions across the business and will require abilities to influence, negotiate, project plan, and project management, to drive alignment and performance across the business.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, to the following:

  • Work with Senior Leadership Team to determine strategic direction and financial goals and align continuous improvement initiatives based on these needs

  • Act as a source of knowledge in areas of supply chain best practices and methodologies. Integrate supply chain best practices within business processes to enhance supply chain efficiency

  • Coordinate and oversee execution of the Supply Chain from strategy to commercialization

  • Promote a mindset of continuous improvement, problem solving, and prevention

  • Work strategically and independently with internal and external groups on multiple simultaneous projects

  • Conduct project scoping, chartering, execution strategy, process improvement activities, and change management for key supply chain projects

  • Engage stakeholders, ensure cross-functional alignment, and facilitate internal and external communication

  • Develop KPIs, integrated plans, identifying rate limiting factors and key dependencies

  • Develop tracking dashboards and alerts to identify any critical issues that impact company goals

  • Identify critical path risks and escalate issues to line leaders and project team representative for resolution

  • Apply decision analysis tools to analyze complex situations and recommend actions and solutions

  • Drive continuous and significant improvements in delivery, cost and working capital by optimizing network capacity utilization and material availability

  • Lead long term capacity planning analysis to identify capacity expansion requirements to support strategic objectives

  • Responsible for hiring, developing and mentoring a high functioning supply planning team

Skills/Knowledge Required:

  • At least 15 years of pharmaceutical GMP operations, manufacturing, or supply chain experience; experience in biologics preferred

  • At least 7 years of people management

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in engineering, supply chain management, information systems, business management, life sciences, or related fields; Advanced degree a plus

  • Prior experience should include various supply chain operations including but not limited to supply chain planning, inventory management, manufacturing, warehousing, order management, logistics, etc.

  • People & project management experience, preferably in a matrixed, multicultural global setting, requiring facilitation, negotiation, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills

  • Very strong influencing capabilities and must be able to interact and communicate effectively at all levels of the organization

  • Strong working knowledge and understanding of GMP, and other relevant ICH and FDA guidelines

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and confidently communicate with all staff levels

  • Process-oriented with strong analytical skills for risk identification and management

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

  • Experienced in setting priorities and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment

  • Demonstrated strong aptitude in analysis, root causes identification, and problem solving

  • Able to synthesize information into a presentation appropriate to the organizational-level of the audience. Able to summarize information concisely and communicate it using appropriate medium

  • Must be able to work with limited day-to-day supervision

  • Microsoft Office Suite experience required including; Excel; Outlook; PowerPoint; experience with forecast modeling tools and ERP systems

  • APICS certification is a plus


Celgene is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Celgene complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Celgene in the U.S.COMMITTED TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF PATIENTS WORLDWIDE

At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for our patients. Our vision as a company is to build a major global biopharmaceutical corporation while focusing on the discovery, the development, and the commercialization of products for the treatment of cancer and other severe, immune, inflammatory conditions.

“At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for our patients.”

There are more than 300 clinical trials at major medical centers using compounds from Celgene. Investigational compounds are being studied for patients with incurable hematological and solid tumor cancers, including multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), triple-negative breast cancer and pancreatic cancer. As committed as we are to clinical accomplishment, we are equally committed to patient support, which is a guiding principle at Celgene. We believe all who can benefit from our discoveries should have the opportunity to do so. Celgene puts patients first with industry-leading programs that provide information, support and access to our innovative therapies.