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Edwards Lifesciences Manager, Manufacturing Planning & PULL Execution in Irvine, California

Edwards Lifesciences is growing our Global Supply Chain Digital Transformation team. We are looking for a talented Manager, Manufacturing Planning & PULL Execution, Digital Transformation, who will oversee E2E Planning processes in Master Production Scheduling (MPS) and shop floor planning & control. The scope of planning process will include all functional steps from generating MPS based on the forecast, transferring MPS into JDEdwards (ERP), executing MRP for long-term material plans, generating workorders based on PULL signals, orchestrating shop-floor order sequencing & management through shop-floor planning software, and integrating the plant feedback into the Master Production Scheduling process.

The process will span global planning network across Plants & Business units. The process leader will bring together best practices, benchmarks from the industry and work with various levels of leadership within Business Units; Ops leadership & Finance to align the strategies and lead the process transformation at Edwards to be world-class within and in support of the S&OP framework. In addition, the process leader will work very closely with all business units during their PULL transformation journey, own PULL execution from process & systems perspective, provide functional leadership for PULL transformation across all plants, enhance existing IT systems in response to stakeholder needs, and transfer knowledge to business units & develop planning teams at all manufacturing sites.

Essential job functions:

  • Process Support by being process owner for the following processes: Factory Planning, PULL Execution, Operational Maturity Assessments, and Master Planning. Lead the team to support the Global Supply Chain in their rollout efforts to improve the above processes including calculation & execution of optimum Kanban levels, and partner with Business Excellence Team for deployment of digital solutions supporting LEAN principles including development of digital visual signals.

  • System Support by managing existing JDA/BY solutions to support the userbase and super users, delivering JDA/BY system training, working with IT on management of the training/test environments during support of problem resolution or project rollout, providing solutions in problem/issues resolution on an ongoing basis in timely manner, and handling big amounts of data for system validation/testing.

  • Project Management by managing major/minor process improvement projects, leading change management aspects, and owning KOD & PMO delivery schedules. Performance will be measured based on process improvements delivered, follow up on the compliance, and tracking of business performance improvement.

  • Domestic and international travel of 15%.

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 10 years of experience in supply chain, planning or operations with specific focus on factory planning and PULL-based execution processes.

  • Must have project management, change management, and process improvement experience.

  • Experience to understand process frameworks and manage them in business context with the use of system tools.

  • Knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Office software.

  • Must be a team player with excellent communication skills, relationship oriented.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree with minimum of 8 years of experience in supply chain, planning or operations with specific focus on factory planning and PULL-based execution processes.

  • APICS CPIM Certification is a plus.

  • Medical device industry experience will be a plus. Equivalent experience in highly configurable and/or high volume, high mix, and highly regulated industry will be acceptable as well.

  • Background in LEAN and Six Sigma will be a plus.

  • Experience in manufacturing environment operating on E2E pull systems is preferred.

  • JDA/BY/Manugistics/i2 experience is highly desirable. We are on JDA/BY v2018 so experience on a more recent version would be preferred – but not mandatory.

  • Proficiency with MS-Access/SQL will be very beneficial.

Edwards is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world's leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Edwards Lifesciences has extensive operations in North America, Europe, Japan, Latin America and Asia and currently employs over 15,000 individuals worldwide.

For us, helping patients is not a slogan - it's our life's work. From developing devices that replace or repair a diseased heart valve to creating new technologies that monitor vital signs in the critical care setting, we focus on helping patients regain and improve the quality of their life.