Operational Excellence Manager

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Merck KGaA
April 27, 2021
Milwaukee, WI
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As OpEx Manager you will support the Integrated Supply Chain Operations team within Life Science. You will initiate and drive Lean and Six Sigma initiatives to improve performance across a range of key measures (Supply, Cost, Quality, Safety) through application of DMAIC, rapid improvement events, and LEAN fundamentals deployment. Focus will be on our integrated Milwaukee Site including QC, Down-filling and Distribution Center

You will work with site leadership to develop multi-year plans and partner with them to track progress. You will lead workshops/projects, and will prepare, execute, and follow-up on workshops across sites and build capability in the organization through project coaching and through periodic delivery of training. You will lead and execute major process improvement and cost savings projects, to deliver financial results within specified time frames.

Furthermore, you will analyze current operations to identify new project opportunities and financial benefits, determine key drivers to meet cluster and business objectives and monitor, track, and report on progress of improvement activity. You will identify waste, develop specific proposals and execution plans for improvement projects using excellent leadership, facilitation, and communication skills.

Who you are:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with mininum 7 years of experience in Operations, Engineering, or project leadership role (Master degree with 5 years experience), including:
  • Proven track record of deploying a range of tools/approaches to improve operational performance (e.g. value stream mapping, 5S, standard work, visual management)
  • Availability/willingness to travel typically 10%, within US, regionally

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, or Master Black Belt with sufficient change management expertise
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