Vendor Scheduler & Import/Export Specialist


Lincoln, NE, USA

Full time

Sep 15

Full Job Description

Zoetis is the world’s largest Manufacturer and Supplier of Animal Pharmaceuticals.

At Zoetis in Lincoln, NE, we manufacture high quality medicines for dogs, cats, and livestock. Our plant has been recognized as one of the Nebraska’s Safest Companies, with a long-standing presence in Lincoln and we continue to grow.

Benefits Include:

Great Health Benefits from day 1!

4 weeks accrued paid vacation and 13 paid holidays

401(k) match with company profit sharing

Tuition reimbursement

Student Loan Repayment Program

Position Summary

The colleague will act as the Operations Import / Export lead. Ensuring and maintaining current Customs compliance policies, procedures, and programs, in alignment with the Zoetis Global Trade Compliance policies and practices.

In addition, the colleague will manage and conduct purchasing routine raw materials or components to ensure manufacturing plans are achievable. Communicates directly with Global Procurement and Sourcing, vendors, production planners, manufacturing, warehousing, and quality assurance colleagues. Assists in the coordination of activities required for new product introductions and manufacturing material changes.

Position Responsibilities

Import / Export Responsibilities (50%)

  • Responsible and accountable for a wide range of tasks associated with the Import Entry process and recordkeeping requirements thereof from foreign export sites to U.S.
  • Responsible for the daily Import support tasks.
  • Monitoring daily inbound and outbound shipments and send import instructions to Brokers
  • Supports government communications to ensure speedy entry release from all government agencies.
  • Liaison with Operations Logistics to ensure inland carriers are secured for prompt freight pick-up and delivery.
  • Act as a resource for colleagues and liaison between manufacturing, research, and regulatory colleagues.
  • Accurate data entry & Ensure all records are maintained and archived correctly
  • Develop or revise SOPs immediately following changes as needed

Vendor Scheduling Responsibilities (50%)

  • Develops and prepares the short-range ordering plans of assigned materials, initiates and approves purchasing orders.
  • Reviews, monitors, and completes order follow ups to assures short range manufacturing plans are 100% achievable based upon the availability of approved materials.
  • Develops and prepares mid and long-range purchasing plans (6 to 24 months forecasted) to evaluate impacts of purchase prices variances, long range material requirements, and inventory models.
  • Manages inventories of purchased materials assuring levels are maintained within the site’s objectives.
  • Assumes a leadership role in identifying and proposing the dispositional review of distressed inventories (e.g., damaged, slow moving, or obsolete inventories) for materials managed.
  • Through close interaction and communications with the Global Sourcing and suppliers, anticipate and communicates supply risks due to supplier quality, supplier capacity, supplier business changes, or other events which may impact the continuity of materials required to sustain the site’s manufacturing requirements.
  • Acts as a liaison to ensure alignment between the manufacturing units, quality, and the vendor.
  • Partners with Manufacturing to ensure Bill of Materials are accurate.
  • Partners with finance and procurement colleagues to ensure accurate and timely billing is obtained from the site suppliers.
  • Assists in cost savings initiatives involving purchased materials.
  • Assists in the coordination and activities involved in new product introductions and manufacturing site transfer initiatives.
  • Utilization of Operational Excellence Methodologies to identify and improve vendor supply, inventory management, scrap, and overall cost.

Education and Experience

  • Preferred of bachelor’s degree in Management, Business Administration, or related disciplines applicable to Supply Chain Management, Information Technology, or Vaccine and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Materials Management, and/or Marketing.
  • Multi-lingual preferred

Technical Skills and Competencies

  • Experience and knowledge of Global Trade Compliance and Customs policies.
  • Strong knowledge and practical experience of production, inventory and planning systems currently deployed in Zoetis including but not confined to SAP, Ariba, Lighthouse
  • Strong knowledge and practical experience in utilizing analytical tools, spreadsheets, and databases to develop reports for strategic planning and communication.
  • Proven ability to lead, synchronize and motivate colleagues to meet short- and long-term objectives.
  • Ability to conceptualize, analyze and implement new methodologies in support of improving importation, compliance, inventory management, and business alignment.
  • Demonstrated ability to function and influence in a team matrix environment and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Right First Time and Lean Manufacturing concepts and principles preferred
  • APICS training preferred

Physical Position Requirements

The work conditions for the position are greater than 50% stationary with periodic standing and walking through out the workday(s). The colleague(s) may be required to travel and or work greater than 40 hours per week, including weekends and holidays to support the business.

Full timeRegularColleagueAny unsolicited resumes sent to Zoetis from a third party, such as an Agency recruiter, including unsolicited resumes sent to a Zoetis mailing address, fax machine or email address, directly to Zoetis employees, or to Zoetis resume database will be considered Zoetis property. Zoetis will NOT pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited resume.

Zoetis will consider any candidate for whom an Agency has submitted an unsolicited resume to have been referred by the Agency free of any charges or fees. This includes any Agency that is an approved/engaged vendor but does not have the appropriate approvals to be engaged on a search.

Zoetis 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 or any other protected classification. Disabled individuals are given an equal opportunity to use our online application system. We offer reasonable accommodations as an alternative if requested by an individual with a disability. Please contact Zoetis Colleague Services at to request an accommodation. Zoetis also 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 possess or obtain authorization to work in the US for Zoetis. Zoetis retains sole and exclusive discretion to pursue sponsorship for the acquisition or maintenance of nonimmigrant status and employment eligibility, considering factors such as availability of qualified US workers. Individuals requiring sponsorship must disclose this fact. Please note that Zoetis seeks information related to job applications from candidates for jobs in the U.S. solely via the following: (1) our company website at site, or (2) via email to/from addresses using only the Zoetis domain of “”. In addition, Zoetis does not use Google Hangout for any recruitment related activities. Any solicitation or request for information related to job applications with Zoetis via any other means and/or utilizing email addresses with any other domain should be disregarded. In addition, Zoetis will never ask candidates to make any type of personal financial investment related to gaining employment with Zoetis.

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