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Operational Excellence Leader

Location Lisbon, Lisbon District, Portugal Job ID R-192564 Date posted 15/05/2024

Operational Excellence Leader

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Competitive Salary and Benefits

Closing date: 27th May 2024

Introduction to Role:

Join AstraZeneca, a global leader in the pharmaceutical industry, where we believe in the power of what science can do. We are committed to delivering life-changing medicines and maintaining a sustainable approach to our work. We are looking for an experienced and passionate Operational Excellence Leader to join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients' lives.

We are a diverse, inclusive and innovative group who identify, build and deliver excellent shared services (which everyone can leverage) to enable AstraZeneca to grow and change at speed. We are passionate about simple process – making it easier to get vital repeatable services done – for our patients, for our customers, for our teams.  

We focus on providing exceptional value that contributes to our company’s success and future by freeing up the business (our customers) to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines for patients.  With the accomplishments, commitment and passion that you bring, I’m excited about what we will achieve together towards realizing AstraZeneca’s bold ambition


As a GBS Operational Excellence Leader, you will be responsible for implementing the Operational Excellence programme in Global Business Services (GBS) locations in Europe (Lisbon, Warsaw & UK). Your role will involve leading improvement projects, delivering Operational Excellence trainings, mentoring Lean Six Sigma Green Belt projects, and supporting global processes standardization in the region. You will also be involved in continuous improvement and development of Global Business Services Operational Excellence programme and associated tools.

Essential Skills/Experience:

- Master’s degree (Business Administration, Engineering, IT, Finance)

- Demonstrated experience in leading business process standardization & improvement projects

- Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification

- Working knowledge of the Lean Tools (VSM, Kaizen, etc.), DMAIC

- Demonstrated experience in Operational Excellence trainings delivery and mentoring of improvement projects

- Ability to handle multiple projects and initiatives

- Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills

- Effective internal consulting skills with all levels of management

- Proficiency Microsoft Excel, Visio, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Word

Desirable Skills/Experience:

- Experience in the pharmaceutical industry

- 10 years’ experience in Lean/Six Sigma projects and programs in international environment

- Project Management Certification (PRINCE2, PMI)

- Working knowledge of Agile and/or Theory of Constraints

- Knowledge of MS Power Apps, Mini-tab

When we put unexpected teams in the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that doesn't mean we’re not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca, you will be part of a global team that helps to make excellence and breakthroughs possible. Here, you can apply your skills and abilities to genuinely impact patients' lives. Join at an exciting time of growth through innovation for AstraZeneca. Shape this journey by reimagining the way we work, at every turn we're innovating and taking intelligent risks. We do this to steer the enterprise. Powering every function to run faster, more efficiently, and achieve more.

Ready to make a meaningful impact on patients' lives? Apply now and be part of our exciting journey!

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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