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Lieu: Mount Vernon, Indiana, États-Unis
ID de l'offre 11490951
Date de publication: 10/24/2019

At AstraZeneca we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We’re focused on the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we think we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life. As a Operational Excellence Specialist in Mt. Vernon, IN, you’ll play a pivotal role in channeling our scientific capabilities to make a positive impact on changing patients’ lives. Operations at AstraZeneca is a truly world-class business unit. It offers one of the most exciting, fast paced, challenging and rewarding work environments in the world of operations, supply chain and manufacturing.

Global Operations is fundamental to our purpose of delivering life-changing medicines to patients, touching every aspect of our business and providing a platform for everything that we do. We harness the specialist talents of 13,000 people around the world – 20% of our global workforce. With 30 production facilities in 18 countries we’re focused on supplying our medicines with care, quality and efficiency, reducing the time from lab to patient. Keen to bridge the gap between science and patients? Turn research into reality? And forge a global career that’s full of possibilities, as part of a world-class team? Come and thrive in our vibrant, energizing, connected and supportive culture and make a real difference to patients.

The Operational Excellence Specialist is responsible for the coaching of site personnel in the practical application of Lean and Six Sigma tools and techniques in order to deliver sustainable benefits and increase capability to meet the needs of our customers.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Focuses on improving manufacturing and business processes through the application of Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and other Operational Excellence principles. 
  • Works with Support and Production staff to identify and prioritize productivity and other cost reduction initiatives. 
  • Assists in maintaining project portfolios aligned to strategic objectives. Provides input to the decision making process for project identification, prioritization, and execution. 
  • Applies Operational Excellence tools such as statistical process control, 5S, Standard Work, waste analysis, and value stream mapping to identify and analyze trends, quantify organizational problems, and facilitate cross-functional and multi-level teams to find solutions. Summarizes the analysis of large data sets for site leadership review, including recommended action plans. 
  • Assists in maintaining the site metrics. Designs, creates, and implements visual shop floor metrics performance systems and supporting analytical tools; trains support and production staff in the use and on-going maintenance of those performance systems. 
  • Coaches the rotational Operational Excellence Project Leaders during project execution and implementation in order to ensure they are using the appropriate process; acts as an educational resource as needed. 
  • Uses effective project management methodologies to ensure that projects have well defined and appropriately scoped charters, milestones, thorough risk analyses, and logical benefit estimations. 
  • Develops the organization’s Operational Excellence capability. 
  • Coaches and mentors production and support staff to actively advance the knowledge and application of Operational Excellence methodology, tools, and techniques; develops action plans to improve current performance. 
  • Completes other duties as assigned.



  •  Bachelor’s degree required in Engineering, Science, or a related technical field. 


  • Understanding of budgeting and finance in a manufacturing organization. 
  • Demonstrated ability to drive change and achieve business results through leadership of projects and cross-functional teams. 
  • Strong ability to build relationships and network across multiple levels of the organization, including Leadership Team levels. 
  • Strong aptitude for project management approaches, tools, and phases of the project life cycle. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; excellent presentation and facilitation skills.


  • Certification preferred at the Black Belt level for Lean and/or Six Sigma. 
  • Experience developing, deploying, and sustaining an Operational Excellence program preferred. 
  • Previous experience in the pharmaceutical or other regulated industry preferred.

Next Steps – Apply today!

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well qualified for this opportunity.  If you know someone who would be a great fit, please share this posting with them.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Operational Excellence Specialist - Mt Vernon - Global Operations
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