Manager, Planning

Date: Sep 18, 2023

Location: US-SC-Greenville, South Carolina, US

Company: Bausch & Lomb

Bausch + Lomb (NYSE/TSX: BLCO) is a leading global eye health company dedicated to protecting and enhancing the gift of sight for millions of people around the world—from the moment of birth through every phase of life. Our mission is simple, yet powerful: helping you see better, to live better.

Our comprehensive portfolio of over 400 products is fully integrated and built to serve our customers across the full spectrum of their eye health needs throughout their lives. Our iconic brand is built on the deep trust and loyalty of our customers established over our nearly 170-year history. We have a significant global research, development, manufacturing and commercial footprint of approximately 12,500 employees  and a presence in approximately 100 countries , extending our reach to billions of potential customers across the globe. We have long been associated with many of the most significant advances in eye health, and we believe we are well positioned to continue leading the advancement of eye health in the future. 


Purpose of Job:

The Planning Manager is responsible for generating a supply plan that maximizes global customer service in the most cost-effective manner, while optimizing manufacturing efficiencies.

Will work closely with Quality, Operations, APAC & LATAM regional Supply Chain teams and US Consumer Commercial team, as well as Maintenance to coordinate production schedules with necessary compliance and maintenance activities.



Key Activities:

  • Play a major contributing / driving role in the newly developing Global Lenscare S&OP process.
  • Balance international demand with US requirements to ensure equitable global supply / support.
  • Monitor relevant intercompany orders, as well as stock positions in DC, to analyze and interpret demand signals and their impact on the manufacturing site; work with operations to develop appropriate supply plans to meet these requirements.
  • Manage and provide guidance to production planners and material clerks; give regular feedback to team and complete / deliver annual performance reviews.
  • Work closely with the plant scheduler, who will establish capacity / load measures based on manufacturing performance and demand make-up.
  • Review demand forecast and recommend adjustments as necessary.
  • Monitor Gross Factory Sales to react quickly to ‘under or over’ forecasted finished goods.
  • Develop recovery plans for potential stock outs due to under forecasting or late deliveries.
  • Highlight products with low forecast accuracy and work with team to improve and meet forecast accuracy goals.
  • Provide guidance to commercial teams related to any potential service or backorder issues.
  • Monitor performance to established metrics and create appropriate measures to negate unfavorable trends.
  • Maintain all relevant planning system parameters at the site.
  • Integral participant in plant budgeting process; supply load and corresponding configuration changes in coming year to allow operations to determine labor models.
  • Work closely with purchasing staff on relevant issues pertaining to the demand and supply of raw materials and packaging components.
  • Actively monitor overall spend to remain within department budget.
  • Lead team on projects related to production planning improvements.
  • Execute other managerial and operational disciplines of the Planning Department as and when required.
  • Maintain the credibility of the department within the Organization through a professional and mature approach while delivering on commitments.



  • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA or advanced degree a plus.
  • ASCM (APICS) – CPIM or CSCP certification desired





  • Minimum 10 years of experience in manufacturing planning / procurement with comprehensive knowledge of Planning / Inventory Management and a detailed understanding of all other Supply Chain functions; Consumer Goods experience a plus.
  • Must have a solid understanding of MRP / ERP software and the ability to configure settings to produce the desired result; the facility uses several systems (ERPLx, Manugistics, and PeopleSoft) that share data, and the ability to reconcile them is a must.
  • Ability to use Excel at an advanced level


Special Skills:

  • Strong numerical and analytical skills
  • Ability to focus on Customer Service and delivering Key Operational Metrics
  • Ability to act as a team player, or independently, and with excellent multi-tasking ability and attention to detail.







This position may be available in the following location(s): US - Greenville, SC (Plant)

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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