Operational Excellence Manager

Switzerland, Stein

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.

Our successful Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) branch Drug Product Services (DPS) offers a holistic phase-appropriate approach to parenteral drug product development and manufacturing to our clients as well as exciting job opportunities. Become part of a highly skilled group that enables its customers to meet some of the greatest challenges in patient treatment and join us in Stein, CH by applying for the position as Operational Excellence Manager.

Key responsibilities:

  • Understand and facilitate mapping processes enabling the team to deliver effective solutions

  • Mentor Green Belts and support Black Belts in executing game changing initiatives and projects using lean and six sigma methodologies

  • Act as site champion of the Lonza Lean Operating system including but not limited to lean leadership, basic belt trainings (white and yellow), 8 wastes, PDCA/A3 problem solving, Kaizen activities, DMAIC, and creating efficient processes

  • Support identification and assessment of lean opportunities as well as lead improvement/problem solving kaizen workshops

  • Help prioritizing projects with greatest benefit and support delivery with well executed sustainable steps

  • Collaborate with department to identify and implement key Hoshin metrics at appropriate levels of the business

  • Provide strategic input to align and prioritize lean/CI initiatives & project objectives for the business area ensuring there is no overlap or conflict of local improvements with wider transformational objectives

  • Oversee co-ordination of process improvement projects at the site and adopt a PMO approach to management and delivery ensuring sustainability

  • Work with functional leaders to establish continuous improvement goals

  • Act as liaison with finance to build improvement budgets and validate actual improvement return on investment (ROI) results

Key requirements:

  • University degree in Business, Science, Engineering or equivalent

  • Significant knowledge of Lean Six Sigma preferably black belt certified

  • Substantial experience in Operational Excellence  leading initiatives on site level

  • Proven track record in guiding organizations through changes

  • Advocate of LEAN methodologies

  • Excellent command of English; German of advantage

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.

Reference: R31022