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Frederick, Maryland, United States
Job reference: R-042063
Posted date: Jun. 12, 2019

At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We’re focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life.

As the Lean Six Sigma Specialist II/III for AZ Biologics provides technical and project support, belt mentoring, and project support as required to AZ Biologics Lean Six Sigma initiatives. Coordinates/designs team promotional efforts including Sharepoint page and other site awareness. The successful candidate will support/lead project teams and strategic initiatives and assist in developing and delivering training activities.

Main Responsibilities:

Key driver for AZ Biologics Operational Excellence (OE) activities.

* Provide technical leadership and support, mentoring, and project support as required to help support AZ’s Lean Six Sigma initiatives.

* Support strategic initiatives

* Assist in developing project selection/stewardship and training activities.

* Work with the Management Team in the development and execution of OE projects.

* These initiatives will require balancing of technical and people management skills.

* Help identify and achieve significant process/quality improvements through the OE initiatives.

* Expectation includes a hands-on teamwork approach to problems, planning, and people associated with all aspects of the initiatives.

* Acts as site SME for various Lean Framework Elements

* Acts as OE Functional representative to ensure Lean Transformation in individual departments

* Effectively partner with functional leadership to drive OE objectives

• Ability to develop and independently drive technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity.

• Ability to apply principles of logical, scientific thinking and continuous improvement concepts to a wide range of practical problems

• Work is performed without appreciable direction

• Exercises considerable latitude in the technical objectives of assignments.

• Assignments are received in objective-oriented terms.

• Provides guidance to customer, corporate and site teams/ management based on organizational goals.

• Work typically impacts all teams at the FMC site.

• Assesses and provides options to management for process decisions that have a significant impact."

• Completed work is reviewed from a relatively long-term perspective for desired results.

• Leads the successful completion of major programs and may function in a project leadership role

• Represents the organization as the prime technical contact on programs and projects.

• Must demonstrate excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, effective presentation skills, and high competency with computer systems.

• Contacts are frequent with individuals at high levels representing other departments, and/or representing outside organizations.

• Contacts involve obtaining or providing information or data on matters of moderate importance to the function of the department or which may be of sensitive nature, requiring some explanation or interpretation.

  • Interacts with other AZ facilities to distribute / acquire Lean Learnings
  • Mentors Green Belt candidates

Typical Accountabilities (per AZ framework and regulatory expectations):

  • Conduct activities and interactions consistent with Company values and in compliance with the Code of Conduct and supporting Policies and Standards relevant to your role.  Complete all required training on the AZ Code of Conduct and supporting Policies and Standards on time.   Report potential issues of non-compliance.

In addition, for Managers and Project Team Leaders:

  • Ensure and monitor compliance by team members and third parties by (a) positively reinforcing the Code of Conduct and all relevant AstraZeneca Policies and Standards, (b) ensuring completion of all required training, (c) fostering a culture of openness in which employees are comfortable raising questions or concerns, and (d) immediately addressing and reporting, as appropriate, instances of non-compliance.
  • Manager Accountabilities at AstraZeneca include Ethical Conduct and Compliance, Team Management, Performance Management, Individual Development Planning, Talent Management, Recruitment, People information, SHE accountabilities, and Fiscal and Financial awareness. 
  • Leaders with accountability for GXP areas are expected to understand the legal and regulatory requirements of their roles in providing appropriate resources (which could be human, financial, material, facilities, and equipment) to maintain the Quality system and continually improve its effectiveness.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor or Associate degree in Industrial Engineering or similar discipline and Lean
  • Six Sigma Black Belt certification or equivalent Lean experience
  • Minimum of 6-8 years or more work experience as part of an operational excellence team required.

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law.

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