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OPEX Director (f/m/d)

Country:  Germany
City:  Aachen
Department:  Global Operations & Production
Job ID:  43413


Our people in Manufacturing & Global Operations share two priorities: getting things done and making things better. If you’re a dynamic person with a positive mindset, you’ll fit in well here. It’s an international team with a powerful spirit of collaboration. Together, we make sure our products meet the highest standards of quality by constantly searching for ways to improve at every stage of our value chain – from the raw materials we buy through to the logistics network that brings our medicines to patients. Join our team and help us make an even bigger contribution to Grünenthal’s future.


What the job looks like

Each day you’ll enjoy a variety of challenges, such as:

  • Design and bring to life  the Operational Excellence model (GOBS) in our Global Operations footprint
  • Lead the Hoshin Kanri/Strategy design and deployment as well as strategic projects to all manufacturing sites and global functions.
  • Orchestrate and facilitate our Global Operations 5-year strategic program (GO 2025)
  • Developing the foundations of our Global Operating Business System (GOBS) including High Performing Organisation
  • Enhancing and Empowering the local and global organizations to build capability and rollout the GOBS transformation across the globe.
  • Defining with the different areas the roadmap to achieve excellence according to GOBS framework and implementing the operational excellence pillars.


What you bring to the table

To make the most of this role and truly thrive, you should have:

  • Senior manager with previous operational experience in leading cultural and business transformation in  manufacturing areas/supply chain or  // global function areas
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, leadership  and organizational skills.
  • Hands on experience on the Operational Excellence tools/standards co-creation and implementation
  • Hoshin Kanri / Strategy Deployment/TPM implementation experience.
  • Experience implementing a Business Operating System as Danaher, Toyota…ideally not only in manufacturing but other functions as well.
  • Ability to work effectively across functions and levels
  • Ability to communicate fluently in German and English, Spanish is a plus
  • Good knowledge in business analysis methodologies and tools
  • Strong analytical skills and Financial Know-how




“In this position you will be able to shape the Global Operational Excellence framework, implement it across all areas and pace our way to excellence!”



Sosa Cabiedes Jorge Antonio, the Hiring Manager


About Grünenthal

Grünenthal is a global leader in pain management and related diseases. As a science-based, fully-integrated pharmaceutical company, we have a long track record of bringing innovative treatments and state-of-the-art technologies to patients worldwide. Our purpose is to change lives for the better – and innovation is our passion. We are focusing all of our activities and efforts on working towards our vision of a world free of pain.

Grünenthal is headquartered in Aachen, Germany, and has affiliates in 28 countries across Europe, Latin America and the US. Our products are available in approx. 100 countries. In 2022, Grünenthal employed around 4,400 people and achieved revenues of € 1.7 bn.

Your HR contact: 
Rita Hugo-Olbertz

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