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Sr Operational Excellence Specialist

Req # JR - 077367 Location Round Lake, Illinois, United States Job Category Manufacturing Date posted 08/05/2022

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Join us at the intersection of saving and sustaining lives— where your purpose accelerates our mission. 


This section focuses on the main purpose of the job in one to four sentences.

The Sr Operational Excellence Specialist, as part of the OpEx team, is responsible for enabling, guiding and supporting the deployment / sustaining of the OpEX strategy at the Round Lake Drug Delivery Plant. This can include strategy development/deployment, program or system management and project management. The scope of the position is also to be a coach for the organization in the following areas: Kaizen Culture, Daily accountability & Visual Management Systems, Lean Transformation, Value Stream Mapping, Workshop creation and facilitation, Problem Solving, use of lean and six sigma tools and basic statistical analysis.

This individual should have good business acumen as well as good interpersonal, and communication skills. This position reports to the Operational Excellence Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

This section contains a list of five to eight primary responsibilities of this role that account for 5% or more of the work. The incumbent will perform other duties assigned.

  • Be a leader and enabler of the deployment/sustaining of the Operational Excellence strategy at the site.
  • Work as a change agent and drive the continuous improvement cultural transformation for the plant.  
  • Coach and assist on resolving priorities and achieving results. Oriented toward value added process improvements and program management (EMS, Kaizen Culture, Certification Programs, Project Management Office, iCare and others)
  • The position can lead and support continuous improvement initiatives for waste elimination and reducing process variation through Kaizens and problem-solving workshops, assessments and trainings.
  • The position can lead the Value Improvement Program, by identifying and helping other areas in the execution of the projects to accomplish yearly targets.

  • Identifies areas of improvement for complex plant opportunities. Works closely with plant staff to drive changes and improvements that impact the bottom-line results on Quality, Service, Delivery and Cost.
  • Deliver improvement projects through the appropriate project management and benefits realization.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. List knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Must have working knowledge and understanding of Continuous Process Improvement methodologies such as Lean and Six Sigma.
  • Green Belt, Root Cause Problem Solving or Lean Training/Certification required.
  • Black Belt training/Certification highly desirable.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills as well as exhibit initiative and a high level of energy.
  • Must have strategic planning and business acumen skills.
  • Very good coaching, facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Ability to manage complex projects simultaneously and drive change.
  • Exhibits cross functional leadership, teamwork and influencing skills.
  • Good analytical/statistical problem-solving skills
  • Ability to operate in the complex, matrixed environment.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Education and/or Experience:

Include the education and experience that is necessary to perform the job satisfactorily.

  • BS/BA degree or equivalent degree in Business Management, Engineering, or other related field of study.
  • Must have 2-3 years of experience in manufacturing environments in areas such as: Operations, Engineering, Supply Chain, Quality or Operational Excellence.       



The successful candidate for this job may be required to verify that he or she has been vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to reasonable accommodations for individuals with medical conditions or religious beliefs that prevent vaccination, and in accordance with applicable law.

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Reasonable Accommodations

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