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Operational Excellence Specialist

Reference:KS-AFFJ-408388 Location: Dublin
Qualification:DegreeExperience:2-3 Years
Job Type:PermanentSalary: Not Disclosed

Our client is a leader in the Pharmaceutical Sector, based in Dublin. They are seeking an Operational Excellence (OpEx) Specialist who will play a key role in relation to the improvement of equipment, processes and methods of performing tasks in all areas of the manufacturing plant. A large variety of process equipment is used to manufacture our clients products. The Op Ex Specialist plays a strong role in supporting the operation of this equipment, through the facilitation, participation and leading of improvement teams in the plant. The OpEx Specialist also participates and leads other improvement projects using tools such as Lean Six Sigma, 6S, A3 problem solving, Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and others. The OpEx Specialist shall be involved in training and coaching of employees in the use of the various tools and systems used for overall improvement in all areas of the plant. The position requires a commitment to Quality, Effectiveness , Efficacy & Efficiency.


  • While ongoing responsibilities are assigned, flexibility is important. The OpEx Specialist is expected to work in any area of the plant ,as required with strong communication & collaborative skills.
  • As in any manufacturing facility, priorities change on an ongoing basis, and the OpEx Specialist must react positively and flexibly to changing priorities.
  • Continuously improve standards set by facilitating and executing Practical Problem Solving/Root Cause Analysis and perform GAP analysis on manufacturing data to understand where to focus/prioritise problem solving efforts.
  • As part of a wider project team assist and manage the delivery of key projects that have an impact on the site objectives.
  • Provide technical leadership on Operational Excellence/Lean systems and tools.
  • Lead, coach, mentor & develop department teams in Continuous Improvement, Lean and Operational Excellence thinking.
  • Drive the on-going introduction and advancement of the lean culture, principles and practices across the plant and work with local teams and management to implement the Operational Excellence goals.
  • Develop and conduct Lean training programs for employees at all levels and departments.
  • Create, maintain and refine a Lean toolkit that can include: TPM, A3, 6S, PCO, RCA and VSM.
  • Promote cross-functional and inter-site teamwork to accomplish shared objectives.
  • Work with employees to improve processes from technical product launches, manufacturing, packaging and shipment to the customer.
  • Participate in identifying improvement opportunities and ensuring that the site is meeting the OpEx objectives & plan for the year.
  • Build Quality into all aspects of work by maintaining compliance to all quality/regulatory requirements.
  • Assist in the rollout and coaching of Shingo principles.
  • Maintaining CPD records
  • To carry out all work in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs).
  • When working in Production areas, to perform and complete work in a clean and tidy manner. In particular after working on activities involving trial /project activity:
  • oProduction facilities and machines should be left in the same state of cleanliness as found following an intervention. Any contamination (dirt, metal filings, failed components, lubricants etc.) arising from the intervention must be removed.
  • To participate in all training and assessment activities related to the position, e.g. GMP training, technical training, operational excellence training activities etc.
  • To attend all training courses (internal or external), seminars as required for training related to the position.
  • Training of other personnel in the implementation of operational excellence activities involving any relevant subject assigned.
  • To adhere fully to all safety policies, procedures and regulations issued by our client.
  • To report incidents and accidents in a timely manner by means of the reporting procedure.
  • To offer input towards ensuring safe systems of work, and safe operation of equipment and processes.

Essential Skills:

  • A minimum of a third level qualification (qualification in a science or engineering based discipline is an advantage but not essential).
  • A minimum of 2+ yearsrelevant experience in a regulated Pharmaceutical environment.
  • Have participated in or ideally led improvement activities and projects.
  • Must have knowledge of lean methodologies.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication as well as computer skills.
  • Have a positive can-do attitude.

Additional Skills:

  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing priorities is required.
  • Proven track record of project based activities in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Ability to work in cross-functional team environments, as well as independently.

If you would like further Information you can contact the recruiter directly:

Karen Shiel | Tel: +353 (0) 1 5079256