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Sr. Manager, Operational Excellence

Req #: 18000479_en
Location: Round Lake, IL US
Job Category: Manufacturing
Date Posted: 2/19/2018 2:19:13 PM
Baxter International


About Baxter
Baxter provides a broad portfolio of essential renal and hospital products, including home, acute and in-center dialysis; sterile IV solutions; infusion systems and devices; parenteral nutrition; surgery products and anesthetics; and pharmacy automation, software and services. The company’s global footprint and the critical nature of its products and services play a key role in expanding access to healthcare in emerging and developed countries. Baxter’s employees worldwide are building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of healthcare innovations that enable patient care.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

As a core member of the Operational Excellence team, this person will drive OpEx deployment at the plant.  This individual should be a strong team player with highly developed communication and presentation skills.  This position reports to the plant manager with dotted reporting to the GBU/Region OpEx Lead.

  • Drive OpEx program deployment at the site

  • Work closely with the site management to assist the site in their continuous improvement journey

  • Develop a site level OpEx deployment plan including EMS, VIP, Certification Programs, Best Practices Sharing, iCare and others.

  • Assists leadership in establishing baseline and target metrics for key processes.

  • Work with site leadership in installing organizational supports for Operational Excellence (reviews, communications, rewards, etc.)

  • Coach and mentor site Black Belt and Green Belt candidates to ensure timely completion of their quality and/or cost focused projects- ultimately leading to the candidate’s certification.



  • Must not be allergic to Penicillin or Cephalosporin Drugs.

  • Must have experience managing teams and developing support programs

  • Must have Six Sigma Black Belt certification, Master Black Belt preferred

  • Must have a working knowledge of LEAN tools and methodology

  • Must be able to function in a team environment. 

  • Must be able to directly lead and/or co-lead high-impact process improvement projects.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects.

  • Proven skills working with cross-functional teams.

  • Strong negotiating and influencing skills. The ability to drive change.

  • Excellent reading, writing and verbal communication and platform skills in local language as well as in Eng­lish.  Strong teaching and presentation skills required.

  • Strong analytical/statistical problem solving skills.

  • Strong Coaching and Facilitation skills

 Education and/or Experience:

  • BS/BA degree or equivalent degree in Business Management, Engineering, or other related field of study.  MBA, MS or other technical graduate degree preferred.

  • Certified Black Belt, solid knowledge of LEAN Manufacturing principles with a minimum 5 years of business operations and/or plant manufacturing or engineering experience, which includes a minimum of 3+ years of demonstrated process improvement success.  

A Career That Matters
Baxter’s employees are united in a mission to save and sustain lives. We are passionate about applying scientific innovation to meet the needs of the millions of people worldwide who depend on our medically necessary therapies and technologies. We focus on increasing access to healthcare, innovating in crucial areas of unmet need, and pursuing creative collaborations that bring our mission to life for patients every day.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Baxter is an equal opportunity employer. Baxter evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic.

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Reasonable Accommodations
Baxter is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, please send an e-mail to Americas_TTA@baxter.com and let us know the nature of your request along with your contact information.

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