Operational Excellence Specialist (M/F)

Hiring Request Post Information* : Posted Date 2 months ago(2022/12/23 17:30)
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Hovione is an independent family owned international group of companies. From the beginning, we have set ourselves above and apart through our innovative technological and productive capabilities, reaching a top spot in the world market as an integrated Contract Development and Manufacturing Company dedicated to helping Pharmaceutical Customers bring new and off-patent drugs to market.


Our people are the main asset for our continued success. Reaching over 1950 team members, from 36 different nationalities, that are located across Asia, Europe and North America (Portugal, US, Macao, Ireland, China, Hong Kong, Japan, India, and Switzerland), including 4 production sites.


Working at Hovione means reaching for innovation and excellence in everything we do: for our clients, our partners and, above all, our patients. That is why we are In it for life.

You will be responsible to:

  • Lead Productivity increase, applying Super Improver or 6 Sigma methodologies through all the sites of Hovione, focusing on adding value to the company by increasing throughput by speed, maximizing yield, improve quality, reducing variability and costs;
  • Implement productivity actions and define priorities within own work to achieve the proposed goals (efficiency, efficacy and cost consistency);
  • Drive, manage and train the teams that will take part on Super Improver or 6Sigma projects and complex problem solving groups;
  • Coach technical and operational teams on performance management (daily meetings, delays analysis) guaranteeing that methods are properly used;
  • Support a Continuous Improvement process in the plant that is visible for all, through indicators, working methods, visual management, etc;
  • Lead studies that will show deep analysis revealing the potential for great improvements (e.g. SMED, FTM, line studies, 6Sigma)
  • Apply and develop knowledge of process optimization and participate in area processes, procedures and projects with the guidance of more senior colleagues;

We are looking to recruit a Candidate:

  • University, or equivalent, qualification in a field of Science or Engineering or similar scientific field (mandatory);
  • Lean and 6 Sigma training equivalent to Lean Leader level and/or Six Sigma Black Belt.
  • Strong knowledge of Process Optimization - Experience in manufacturing principals and process optimization techniques and tools;
  • Strong experience in leading projects using Continuous Improvement Methodologies (e.g. DMAIC or PDCA)
  • Strong Knowledge and application of statistical tools – Proven experience.
  • Strong Analytical skills and Critical Thinking;
  • Previous leadership of Operational Excellence projects or Production Optimization that required the continuous improvement methodologies like Lean or Six Sigma (reference tools and techniques (Standardized Work, structured problem solving, kaizen, process mapping, debottlenecking, SMED, FTM, Line Studies, MSA, Capability Studies and SPC);
  • Fluency in English and flexibility to travel are requirements.


Hovione is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer


Inclusion and diversity are key to us. At Hovione, that means a work environment where differences are valued, and everyone is treated with fairness and respect. We want all our team members worldwide to feel supported, respected, and have the opportunity to achieve their full potential, regardless of their age, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation or ethnicity.


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