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Operational Excellence (OE) Leader


  • Dublin
  • Negotiable
  • Permanent full-time
  • Updated 27/02/2013
  • HR
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Operational Excellence Lead Mylan Dublin


 The Operational Excellence (OE) Lead will be a key member of the Site Leadership Team with responsibility for the coordination and deployment of the operational excellence program for the site.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must satisfactorily perform each essential duty.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

Coordinate the deployment of the OE program across all departments and functions

Make a consistent presence in the office areas, work areas/shop floor/labs through gemba walks, 5S activity, Kaizen events, implementation of visual management, etc.

Support Design for Lean activities, including capacity planning, machine selection and facility design and layout.

 Coordinate with site leadership and project managers to execute projects hitting financial and non-financial targets assigned to the site (below are the priority metrics categories for 2012);

    1. Right First Time
    2. Cycle Time
    3. COGS reduction initiatives
    4. Sustained financial benefit
    5. Education and Mentoring

 Serve as Project Manager for the site’s Right First Time and Cycle Time effort, and also support other regional projects as required.

 Work with the site at various levels to identify project opportunities using both top-down and bottom-up techniques.

Work with site and regional leadership/OE Steering Committee to facilitate project prioritization/selection, funding and project manager identification.

 Forge a close partnership with site Finance leaders and coordinate detailed financial analysis and project tracking for all projects in the OE portfolio.

 Manage the site and headquarters OE portfolio (maintain current listings, keep awareness of project status and benefit totals, etc).

 Manage approved OE training plans for all project managers and other interested parties (training plan write-up, monitoring execution of courses and other learning items, coaching toward certification as applicable).

Coach project managers and project team members in problem solving (Lean, Six Sigma), project management and change management.

 Provide both formal and informal training in problem solving, project management, change management and in OE program basics to a variety of levels in the organization.

 Stay current in industry practices (both OE and site technical processes) and continue to become educated in the OE discipline.

Coordinate with the OE network and others to develop and share best practices.

 Perform data acquisition, analysis and reporting on selected, key metrics to meet required deadlines.

 Report specific information periodically to fulfill Global, Regional and Local requirements.


Working knowledge of process improvement methods (Lean, Six Sigma).  Understanding of project and portfolio management techniques.  Working knowledge of cGMP requirements and pharmaceutical processes.  Understanding of complexities working in highly regulated environments.  Experience with application of business process improvement in the laboratory and technical areas. Understanding of ERP systems (preferably SAP) a distinct advantage,.


  1. Excellent communication across a range of boundaries (functional, regional, level) and in a variety of settings (1 on 1, small groups, public speaking). 
  2. Deep analytical skill. 
  3. Ability to learn processes and problem solving techniques quickly.  Ability to lead indirectly and to lead people through change activities.
  4. Proficiency in Excel data analysis and in detailed analysis using Minitab (or equivalent) software is strongly preferred.


Position functions autonomously with periodic oversight from site, regional and global levels.  Position does not typically have direct reports, although indirect influence is a consistent demand.  This position reports to two different leaders (dual solid line).


Minimum of a Bachelor's degree and 10 years of experience.  Degrees (or equivalent experience) in technical disciplines are preferred. A Master's degree in a technical field or in operations management or an MBA is an advantage.

 However, a combination of experience and/or education will be taken into consideration. 


Certification (or equivalent) at Black Belt level in one or more Operational Excellence disciplines (Lean, Six Sigma).

Certification (or equivalent) in Project Management and knowledge of the PMBOK is required ( PMP/PMI or equivalent).


Ability to read and interpret complex business and/or technical documents. Ability to write comprehensive reports and detailed business correspondence.  Ability to work with managers or directors and communicate ambiguous concepts.  Ability to present to groups across the organization.  Ability to read, interpret and present data in tabular and graphical formats.  Fluent in English.


Ability to perform intermediate level calculations (ratios, complex formulas, etc) is required.  Ability to perform complex mathematical functions (simulation, linear and non-linear forecasting, etc) would be a plus.


Ability to solve problems with complex variables through non-standardized solutions that require independent judgment and analysis.  Ability to draw inferences and use deductive reasoning with no prescribed procedures to solve complex problems.

 Position requires frequent walking, bending and ascending/descending stairs in production environments.  Position typically does not require any lifting.  Position requires infrequent travel (up to 4 weeks per year) for visits to other sites or to global conferences.

Combination of normal office setting and manufacturing plant and support area environments.


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