Operational Excellence Project Manager

United States, Houston (Texas)

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 Project Manager provides key support for the site leadership team to deliver business results by partnering with teams to identify opportunities for improvement and taking accountability for rigorous execution and delivery. This role is able to influence teams across the corporation, and is expected to help generate OE strategy and develop systems that support the business in continuous process improvement efforts, enhancements to the daily management system and successful culture change. In addition, this role will provide support and coach to implement OE and Lean Manufacturing principles, systems and tools.

Key responsibilities:

  • Helps generate Operational Excellence strategy to identify and develop systems.

  • Supports ongoing site efforts: process improvement, daily management system, and culture.

  • Plans, leads, drives and executes business critical improvement projects to deliver successful results using Lean/DMAIC approach.

  • Works with the business to identify and report milestone project progress and work with project sponsors and site leadership to address major barriers to progress to ensure projects are delivered to plan.

  • Develops business case for improvement projects to secure the necessary support and resources for success.

  • Supports departmental improvement efforts in a variety of project team member roles to accelerate delivery of improvements.

  • Coaches teams to establish performance measurements and process control plans to monitor project results and drive sustainability.

  • Communicates project progress and promotes project achievements to maintain awareness of improvement activity on the site, across the network and with corporate leadership.

  • Subject Matter Expert for coaching others in the philosophy, methods, tools and techniques of process improvement to increase the capability of the business to respond to problems.

  • Modifies and facilitate training sessions of relevant material.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Key requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Science and/or Engineering

  • Required to have Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, Preferred Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification

  • Biopharmaceutical Industry

  • Maintenance of quality systems and cGMP compliance for the business by ensuring training requirements.

  • Demonstrated track record of having delivered tangible results

  • Expert level in process improvement tools and methodologies.

  • Proven facilitator with ability to coach, manage and lead teams.

  • Ability to communicate persuasively across the corporation.

  • Change promoter.

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.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Reference: R37051