J&J Family of Companies Network Planner in Athens, Georgia

Ethicon, Inc., a member of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, is recruiting for a Network Planner, to be located in Cornelia, GA or Athens, GA.

The Ethicon Surgical Care business offers a broad range of products, platforms and technologies—including sutures, surgical staplers, clip appliers, trocars and synthetic mesh devices—that are used in a wide variety of minimally invasive and open surgical procedures. Specialties include support for treatment of colorectal and thoracic conditions, women’s health conditions, hernias, cancer and obesity.

The Ethicon Surgical Care business combines products and services of two market-leading legacy companies, both with long histories of medical innovation. Ethicon, Inc. based in Somerville, New Jersey, was founded more than 80 years ago as a pioneer in suture development and manufacturing, helping to transform the safety and effectiveness of open surgery.

Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

As a Network Planner, you will:

  • Work with the Capacity and Supply Planners to identify proper allocation of scarce raw materials.

  • Data retrieval, reporting and analyzing supply planning metrics to achieve a high level of customer service.

  • Manage and update department metrics. Monitor inventory and report backorder status to management.

  • Ensure manufacturing orders are reflective of current demand.

  • Partner with distribution team on shipping priorities utilizing the Deployment Model.

  • Create POs in Ariba for non-BOM chemicals used within the Cornelia site.

  • Monitor inventory levels and place discrete POs. Resolve payment issues.

  • Responsible for NCR or NC, requests for vendor return authorizations. Request copies of missing paperwork – COA, BOL, etc.

  • This individual will also be responsible for creating Item Change Orders (ICOs) necessary to support planned events/base business, Bill of Material (BOM) accuracy and for managing/mapping capacity within the Advanced Planning System.

  • Ensure planned events (conversion/transfers) affecting production do not impact customer service or inventory goals. Participate in and support the GOALS and Sales and Operations Planning processes.

  • Provide PSIs and Customer Service Communications.

  • Provide information as necessary to track/trend customer service, inventory and performance metrics.

  • Support the Supply Planner to manage the North American Manufacturing Raw Material Supply Planning process across several raw material manufacturing sites.

  • Analyze product demand, sales pattern, forecast, production specifications and plant capacity data. Identify raw material and component requirements for production from engineering and production specifications.

  • Establish effective communication with various groups such as customers, sales offices and plant production departments and monitors orders from start to finish to ensure the on-time delivery of products.

  • Lead projects and coordinate cross-functional project teams, as required.

  • Monitor and anticipate production issues due to new product launches. Analyze and prepare production reports and develops PSIs.

  • Gather month-end volume data and enter in various SharePoint sites. Support Business Planning Process and monthly Goals and Sales and Operations Planning renewals.

  • Effectively summarize and communicate business issues to senior leadership and influence tactical base business decisions.

  • Follow current compliance regulations and standards that comply with all federal regulated programs.

  • Responsible for verification of approved suppliers for indirect material purchase orders within Ariba.


  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required.

  • A minimum of 2 years of related experience is required.

  • Advanced computer and database management skills is required.

  • Experience with Excel is required.

  • Experience with JDE & Minitab is preferred.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal relation skills is required.

  • Proven statistical and analytical problem-solving skills are required.

  • Experience with Six Sigma / LEAN / Process Excellence tools and/or certifications are preferred.

  • Understanding of ETHICON Change Control and associated Materials Management document change processes is preferred.

  • Understanding of Change Integration Process is preferred.

  • Ability to work in stressful/fast paced environment.

  • Ability to work and interact with co-workers to accomplish company goals in a team environment.

  • This role is based in Cornelia, GA or Athens, GA and may require up to 5% domestic travel.

Primary Location

United States-Georgia-Cornelia

Other Locations

North America-United States-Georgia-Athens


Ethicon Inc. (6045)

Job Function

Production Planning

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