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Operational Expert Director (f/m/d)

Country:  Germany
City:  Aachen
Department:  Global Operations & Production
Job ID:  44197


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:

  • Assist in developing and implementing GOBS (Global Operations Business Systems) strategies
  • Coordinate and support cross-functional teams in executing improvement projects
  • Drive GOBS initiatives by identifying, analyzing, and implementing enhancements to operational processes, reducing inefficiencies, and optimizing resource utilization
  • Support collaboration with regional teams for consistent operational standards
  • Analyze and report on key performance indicators (KPIs) as directed
  • Work towards standardizing operational processes globally while considering regional nuances
  • Manage and oversee operational excellence projects, ensuring successful execution within established timelines and budgets
  • Apply project management methodologies to monitor progress and deliver tangible outcomes
  • Explore and integrate innovative technologies and digital solutions to enhance operational processes


What you'll bring to the table
To make the most of this role and truly thrive, you should have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; Master's advantageous
  • Extensive experience in operational excellence or related roles, with exposure to global/ regional operations preferred
  • Demonstrated success in implementing operational improvements on a global scale, preferably within the pharmaceutical industry
  • Experience in leadership roles within manufacturing, supply chain management, quality assurance or related functions in the pharmaceutical industry at regional or global level
  • Experience in leading a PMO / larger scale opeations transformation projects as well as working with strong business systems / operating systems and digitalisation
  • Certifications in operational excellence methodologies (e.g., Lean, TPM, Six Sigma) are a plus
  • Continuous Improvement Mindset: Enthusiasm for fostering a culture of continuous improvement
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams
  • Basic project coordination skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English (Spanish and German is a plus)


"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!"


Jorge Sosa, 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 27 countries across Europe, Latin America and the US. Our products are available in approx. 100 countries. In 2023, Grünenthal employed around 4,400 people and achieved revenues of € 1.8 bn.

Your HR contact: 
Sarah Schäfer

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