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Vacature: Operational Excellence Specialist


Operational Excellence Specialist

Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

The Operational Excellence Specialist is responsible for leading a portfolio of improvement projects (DMAIC, lean, problem solving) to support site operations, QA and Process Development departments using Lean or 6-sigma tools with the goal of improving the overall site performance.

The OE Specialist is an expert in identifying and implementing efficiency gains for projects. This includes but is not limited to assessing, scoping, standardizing and implementation. Experience in implementing and leading transformation through lean/DMAIC is required.

Reporting to the Head of Operational Excellence, the OE Specialist is responsible for rigorous execution and delivery of those improvement projects.

Key responsibilities:

  • Plan, lead, drive and execute business critical improvement projects to deliver successful results using Lean/DMAIC approach, as well as Project Management methodology.
  • Lead problem solving and Root Cause Analysis sessions, and follow-up with Sponsor and team members
  • Report on status of own innovation projects at the monthly innovation council and work with project team members to ensure projects are delivered according to plan.
  • Calculate cost savings generated by improvement projects
  • Mentor and coach team members in the philosophy, methods, tools and techniques of process improvement.
  • Deliver OE training (i.e. White and Yellow Belts) and coach teams to establish performance measurements, process control plans and drive sustainability.
  • Communicate on progress, give visibility to successes and potential roadblocks
  • Provide support to OE roadmap and site strategy, to identify and develop systems and support process improvement, daily management system, and culture.

Required qualification (Education/Experience):

- University degree in Engineering or Science or related experience.

- Certified Green Belt or above, with demonstrated experience implementing lean tools and/or 6 Sigma.

- Industry experience in business/scientific/engineering with proven project management skills.

- Business fluent in English. Other additional languages are advantageous.

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if not achieved ethically.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.