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Operational Excellence Partner

Social Circle, Georgia


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Operational Excellence Partner

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Job ID SR0045243 Date posted 01/07/2020 Location Social Circle, Georgia

Job Summary

Primary Responsibilities of Role:

To support and deploy the continuous improvement model throughout US Center and/or Laboratory networks. Role oversees activities occurring across US Center and/or Laboratory network value streams to ensure alignment to strategic priorities and engagement from leadership and front line staff.

Essential Functions


  • Value Stream Management.  Assumes overall responsibility for performance of value stream improvement. Delegate’s authority as needed to leverage resources to achieve results. Team leader / member for cost reduction, safety & quality improvement projects.

  • Problem Solving Support.  Coach and mentor regional & center managers through the problem solving process.  Coach and mentor teams during continuous improvement activities.

  • Problem Solving Training.  Train employees in introductory and advanced courses on continuous improvement.  Train Lean Green Belts in advanced course on continuous improvement.

  • Lean Coaching and Mentoring.  Coach and mentor Lean Green Belts (certified and not certified) through the problem solving process.

  • Continuous Improvement Model Support.  Support and improve activities owned by the Operational Excellence department.  These include, but are not limited to: 5s, new center set ups, training programs, MCS-OMT, etc

  • Other duties as assigned

Education & Experience Requirements

Essential:  Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of experience, preferably in a medical or other regulated field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired:Previous experience using six sigma and/or lean tools preferred.  Certification as Lean Green or Black Belt preferred.

Key Skills and Competencies

Critical Skills for the Position

  • Expert analytical/ problem solving skills
  • Expert consultation and facilitation skills
  • Customer sensitivity / business acumen
  • Good communication (both written and verbal) and team leadership skills
  • Cross functional project leadership
  • Ability to independently develop, manage and implement project plans
  • Good computer skills specifically Microsoft office products. 

Other Job Components

Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Position has the authority to assist in the decision making process regarding whether or not changes to the value stream are approved or denied.  The role requires close alignment to supervisor and senior leadership throughout any decision making process.

Internal and External Contacts

  • Center / Lab Leadership
  • Center / Lab Front Line Staff
  • Senior and Extended Leadership
  • Other Functional Groups as Necessary

Other Requirements

  • Maximum lifting of 5 –10 pounds may occur.  Incumbent works in office conditions but may spend time in test laboratories or plasma collection facilities where potential exists for exposure to biohazardous blood or plasma.  Additionally, minimal entry into freezers (-30 degree C) could occur.  Personal protective equipment and training is provided.
  • Candidate must be willing to travel approximately 30% of the time to participate in various company Operational Excellence activities.
  • This position is located in Covington, GA and also services the Hoover, AL laboratory.  The breakdown of time devoted for each site will be 2/3 time in Covington, 1/3 time spent in Hoover.
  • Support provided is intended to be on-site with flexibility to work remotely up to 20% of the time as approved by the immediate supervisor.

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Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda, is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce. Shire, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda, will not discriminate against any worker or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, gender reassignment, non-job related mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, military service, application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under law.

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