Supply Chain Data Scientist

  • MSD
  • Luzern, LU, Switzerland
  • 08/02/2019
Full time Data Science Data Engineering Machine Learning Data Analytics Data Management Statistics Software Engineering

Job Description

MSD is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where MSD has codified its 125-year legacy. MSD’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare. Our manufacturing division is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe. The Supply Chain Data Scientist is part of the Integrated Business Planning team and is responsible for the execution of data-driven, self-regulating supply chain operating models utilizing data science algorithms as well as state-of-the-art technologies. Moreover, the Supply Chain Data Scientist will coordinate all data-related supply chain configuration and parameterization activities.

Primary activities include, but are not limited to: Data Science

  • Support the data lead in the analytical framework for data analytics based on an understanding of business requirements and operational processes
  • Extract relevant information from available data sources for further analytical processing, e.g. data mining
  • Process, cleanse, and verify the integrity of data used for analysis
  • Conduct data analyses, develop mathematical models, implement prototypes, and guide the team conceptually
  • Determine optimal mathematical approach to business optimization requirements (e.g. clustering, decision tree, machine learning)
  • Interpret modeling results in a business context, discuss with business partners, and incorporate data-driven decision-making in operations
  • Identify new strategic application areas and use cases
  • Coordinate collaboration with different functional teams to implement models and monitor outcomes
  • Serve as interface between business and IT departments
  • Validating achieved process performance with meaningful KPIs

 Focus: Supply Chain Segmentation & Parameterization

  • Execute data-centric Supply Chain Operating models
  • Drive the segmentation of business objects in the supply chain (e.g. products, markets, customers) on the basis of mutual characteristics
  • Coordinate the identification and assignment of tailored strategies to identified segments
  • Implement custom-fitted planning processes according to the specific requirements of each segment
  • Execute globally parameter calculation framework (calculation methods, frequency, etc.) and provide guidance for local functions
  • Enforce the definition of global planning parameters (e.g. lead times, MOQ, order cycles) with the means of SC segmentation and data-driven algorithms to enable SC model configuration and to optimize service level, cost, and inventory (with Sales, Production, Purchasing, etc.)
  • Be a member of the community of practice to refine of planning & inventory strategies
  • Develop processes and tools to monitor and analyze model performance and data accuracy
  • Ensuring continuous improvement based on the evaluation metrics of model performance
  • Doing ad-hoc analysis and presenting results in a clear manner


Minimum Requirements

  • Pro-active, result driven, and target oriented execution of role
  • High motivation to strive for and facilitate the overall company optimum
  • Distinct understanding of organizational culture and dynamics
  • Professionalism and maturity required to effectively interact with senior management
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to produce outstanding creative and analytical solutions based on  thorough analyses of complex processes and business relationships

Additional Skills

Specific professional competencies

  • Advanced Supply Chain process knowledge
  • Excellent understanding of supply chain configuration and supply chain planning and proven track record in related roles
  • Excellent understanding of business processes and supply chain principles and practices
  • Excellent understanding of Supply Chain Configuration & Parametrization principles
  • Excellent understanding of Supply Chain Setup & Segmentation frameworks
  • Strong experience in supply chain performance measurement, identification & application of error metrics, root-cause analysis, etc.
  • Excellent understanding of pharmaceutical supply chain specifics
  • Good understanding of the company’s supply chain network

 Technical & language skills

  • Advanced analytical and conceptual skills (ideally with a certification of an established education instance, e.g. IBM Watson IoT Data Science certification)
  • Excellent understanding of machine learning algorithms (Clustering, Neural Networks, Decision Trees)
  • Excellent knowledge of advanced statistical techniques and concepts (regression, properties of distributions, statistical tests and proper usage, etc.) and experience with applications
  • Excellent knowledge of and hands-on experience in application of “Cross Industry Standard Process for Data Mining” (CRISP-DM)
  • Experience in analyzing complex datasets and building mathematical predictive and prescriptive models in a practical business context
  • Excellent command of English with a second / third language preferred
  • Practical experience in working with Kinaxis software, esp. knowledge of the Rapid Response data model, etc.

Your role at MSD is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At MSD, we’re inventing for life. Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully:  

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Job: Supply Chain Dev&Optimization

Primary Location: EMEA-Switzerland-LU-Luzern

Employee Status : Regular

Number of Openings: 1Company Trade Name:MSD