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Operational Excellence Senior Expert

Country:  Italy
City:  Origgio (Varese)
Department:  Global Operations & Production
Job ID:  43528


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:

  • Drive continuous improvement activities;
  • Monitor Grunenthal´s Business system (GOBS) progress and participate in site improvement assessments as well as developing and ensuring follow-through on improvement plans;
  • Work with production & training teams to deliver targeted OPEX training and demonstrate use of Lean/Six Sigma and TPM concepts;
  • Organize events/workshops in the department to drive knowledge transfer and sharing of good manufacturing and best demonstrated practices;
  • Develop presentations to summarize findings and propose recommendations;
  • Support standardization of processes and continuous improvement training materials
  • Lead SMED activities;
  • Lead MFA (material flow analysis).


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

  • Relevant Bachelor's or Master's degree (e.g. mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, chemistry or pharmacy)
  • At least 5 years of experience (e.g. Pharma, Cosmetics, Food, etc.);
  • Project Management Experience is a plus;
  • First experiences driving OPEX transformations, Lean & Six Sigma Projects and TPM deployment to improve safety, quality, service, and cost;
  • Lean Six Sigma Green belt certification recommended;
  • 1-2 years of continuous improvement leadership, implementing Lean and Six Sigma or other OPEX transformations;
  • Strong process engineering and data analysis skills;
  • Advanced skills with Excel and PowerPoint and in the use of mini-tab tools;
  • Ability and willingness to travel approximately 5% of the time;
  • Excellent presentation and influencing skills;
  • Being fluent in English and Italian would finalize your profile.


We believe in the power of inclusion and that our best place to work happens when people bring their authentic selves to work and are welcomed for exactly who they are. We embrace diversity in all its forms and definition and strive to remove barriers to create an inclusive culture and equitable workplace where everyone can live authentically, every day and in every situation. 


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: 
Luigi Uccella 

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