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Senior Manager, Operational Excellence

Req # JR - 011603 Location Round Lake, Illinois, United States Job Category Manufacturing Date posted 12/26/2019

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The Senior Manager, Operational Excellence will serve as part of the Round Lake Drug Delivery Senior Leadership Team leading the Lean and Six Sigma initiatives for the site.  The Round Lake Drug Delivery site is chartered with manufacturing Life Saving and Sustaining solutions in flexible containers. The Senior Manager, Operations Excellence is responsible for managing and directing the process/performance improvement program to improve work processes, standards and productivity. Applying techniques from other industries such as lean manufacturing, six sigma and kaizen to create a culture of continuous improvement.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Champions initiatives that deliver continuous improvement, culture transformation, waste reduction and/or cost savings
  • Utilize industry standard lean methodologies and change management tools to solve problems and drive improvement changes in a large manufacturing operation
  • Lead the coordination and completion of identified projects and serve in training role; Develop, coach and mentor others in the organization on continuous improvement tools and lean methodologies to develop lean facilitators and leaders.
  • Serve as a change agent working collaboratively within and across departments, functions and location to help implement a culture of continuous improvement
  • Oversee and execute all aspects of projects including, but not limited to: Assembling project teams, setting project deadlines, and assigning responsibilities
  • Overseeing/facilitating/coordinating lean, 6S and Kaizen events and activities, monitoring programs and summarizing the projects of all projects in regular reports.
  • Act as the liaison between the corporate Operational Excellence team and the plant capitalizing on best practices where applicable and reporting progress on corporate initiatives.


  • Strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Very strong attention to detail
  • Solid understanding of lean, kaizen, VSM and other improvement tools and techniques
  • Detailed operational knowledge of aseptic manufacturing
  • Ability to set priorities and manage multiple projects with minimal supervision
  • High energy, enthusiasm and strong interest in continuous improvement
  • Advanced/Strong computer skills: MS Access, PowerPoint, Word and Excel

Education and/or Experience

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree, from an accredited institution, preferably in a technical discipline.
  • 8-10 years experience in all aspects of the manufacturing process in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or comparable environment. Preferably 3 – 5 years in a lean/continuous improvement role.

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