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Mount Vernon, Indiana, United States
Job reference: R-048730
Posted date: Jun. 19, 2019
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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 an Operational Excellence Lead in Mt. Vernon, IN, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives. Operations at AstraZeneca is a truly world-class business unit. It offers one of the most exciting, fast paced, challenging and rewarding work environments in the world of operations, supply chain and manufacturing.

Global Operations is fundamental to our purpose of delivering life-changing medicines to patients, touching every aspect of our business and providing a platform for everything that we do. We harness the specialist talents of 13,000 people around the world – 20% of our global workforce. With 30 production facilities in 18 countries we’re focused on supplying our medicines with care, quality and efficiency, reducing the time from lab to patient. Keen to bridge the gap between science and patients? Turn research into reality? And forge a global career that’s full of possibilities, as part of a world-class team? Come and thrive in our vibrant, energizing, connected and supportive culture and make a real difference to patients.

The Operational Excellence Lead is the Lean Process Owner and is responsible to establish and implement a common site approach for KPIs, Lean Tools, and Continuous Improvement. The individual will be the site Lean Subject Matter Expert and lead the site Lean Community of Practice, being responsible for coaching and building the skills of the Operational Excellence Specialists, PETs and Support Services in KPI, Lean, and Continuous Improvement areas. Responsibilities also include the proper application of Lean Tools, Project Management, Process Management and Improvement. The focus is to drive higher performance across the site through process improvement.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Design and implement KPI system and common site approach for visual control strategies. 
  • Leads, coaches, and facilitates the application of a common site approach of Lean Tools. 
  • Coaches the Operational Excellence Specialists, PET, and Support Services on process ownership approach and ensures the site follows Standard Ways of Working and have a process for improvement. 
  • Implement and improve process for overall Site Performance Reviews and provide process leadership for the annual goal and target setting process. 
  • Provides support to Operational Excellence Specialists for larger and more complex projects. 
  • Collaborates with other US supply site Lean Process Owners to determine appropriate use of the AZ Lean strategic approach for Operations overall as well as the site to drive standardized ways of working. 
  • Work with site leadership team on their focus areas by thinking strategically--working to apply their insight to challenge and adapt current approaches/ways of doing things. 
  • Influence the PETs on use of their processes by driving performance--holds others accountable for high standards and clarifies what needs to be accomplished, why and the consequences for the individual and/or organization. 
  • Collaborate with both the leadership team and the Operational Excellence team members, both at site and in US by working collaboratively--seeks input and demonstrates appreciation for diverse views and works across boundaries to establish common purpose and goals to deliver value to the business.

Qualifications:

Education:

  • Bachelors in Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related discipline. 

Required:

  • Six Sigma Black Belt Training and/or certification from an American Society of Quality (ASQ) recognized program (or equivalent). 
  • Working knowledge of statistical process control concepts, data analysis, diagnostic tools and techniques. 
  • Demonstrated capability to lead process improvement efforts. 
  • Working knowledge of the DMAIC process. 
  • Working knowledge of Lean Tools such as VSM, Kaizen, etc. 
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills. 
  • Effective internal consulting skills with all levels of management.

Desirable:

  • 7 - 10 years industry related experience in Lean/Six Sigma projects and programs. 
  • Six Sigma Black Belt training and/or certification from an American Society of Quality (ASQ) recognized program (or equivalent). 
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating teams and groups in lean, six sigma, and process improvements. 
  • Working knowledge of supply chain processes. 
  • Expertise in the application of analytical problem solving methodology. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Mini-Tab, SPC-XL or other statistical analysis software, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Excel, Visio, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Word.

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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