NA Manager of Manufacturing Operational Excellence - Bioprocess Solutions, Life Sciences

Position Description

Job Summary

If you want to reshape the world and discover your greatest potential, Saint-Gobain provides one-of-a-kind opportunities for innovative problem solvers.

We're one of only two companies in the world that is consistently recognized as both a top Global Employer and a Top 100 Global Innovator, but Saint-Gobain's remarkable story and culture of innovation begins with a team of nearly 200,000 creative, diverse and passionate team members collaborating across the globe.  We are committed to our mission to improve lives because, every day, we witness the enormous impact of our efforts on the world around us.  

This North American Manager of Operational Excellence provides hands-on support and direction to the Life Sciences Plant Managers to achieve excellence in manufacturing capability, process and technical know-how, advances in automation, quality and service improvements, and safe operations.  The incumbent will be a subject matter expert in accepted practices of lean manufacturing, policy deployment / single agenda and specifically lead-time reduction. They will provide training and practical support to all NA plants with specific leadership on the planning and implementation of automation.  

The incumbent reports directly to Director of operations, NA and is responsible for overall WCM operational strategy and recommending required assistance and coordination of activities for all Life Sciences manufacturing sites in North America.

Key Areas of Focus:

• WCM Leadership - driving Change Management to promote a culture and mindset of operational excellence and continuous improvement through WCM across our operations. Integrate WCM Manufacturing tools to consistently improve process yields, reduce waste and drive productivity.

• Provide manufacturing expertise to support continuous improvements in the plants. Establish a culture of accountability and facilitate effective goal deployment that aligns with business goals. Use Operational Metrics to ensure early identification of issues to allow timely corrective actions. Conduct plant audits which will further lead to development and oversight and accountability of desired improvement plans. Conduct Earned-hours analysis and lead time reduction plans in partnerships with Plant Managers and Supply Chain.

• Coach, Mentor and Develop Operations team at all levels to support them through the adoption of WCM principles and practices and to create a pipeline of future leadership for the organization.

• Collaborating with BU leadership to ensure effective execution of improvement projects while reviewing P&L scope, resources needs and business objectives. Participate in and contribute to major industrial projects, both investments and restructuring.

• Collaborate with Life Sciences Operations Excellence team to share best practice, world-class advancement and step-change initiatives. Monitor threats from competitors’ advancement in technology, manufacturing, and product offerings.



Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree – Engineering, Material Science or Related Area; Required.

Master’s Degree – Business; Preferred.

10+ years of experience:  This position requires a robust manufacturing and operational leadership background, gained within manufacturing and a High Performance Materials environment.

The incumbent brings a passion for quality and continuous improvement to the position. Demonstrates familiarity with the tools of continuous improvement and lean manufacturing as well as problem solving (process mapping, root cause analysis, statistical process control, etc.)

The incumbent must have the ability to work independently with little direction and effectively deal with all levels of the organization from the CEO to the shop floor. Must be able to outline broad issues, develop plans, and communicate and persuade acceptance of WCM and Continuous Improvement plans.

The incumbent must have proven experience developing strong working relationships within the business both up and down in order to achieve results as the incumbent’s authority derives from experience and expertise versus positional authority.  

Must be willing to travel, upwards of 50% to key locations throughout Midwest, East Coast and Southeastern portion of the United States.


Additional Description

Special Note:

This position is remote-based, preferably close to one of our key locations within Saint-Gobain Life Sciences within the Midwest, East Coast and/or Southeastern United States.

Company Summary

Saint-Gobain’s innovations touch almost every major industry around the world. Within its Life Sciences division, teams are solving critical problems for customers who are getting life-saving medical devices to the frontlines of healthcare, discovering essential medications, and nourishing and connecting the world through consumer, industrial and electronics applications. As one of the world’s leading producers of high-performance polymer products, we improve lives by making simple experiences better and being there in life’s critical moments.

Our team members recognize that we all create the environment for people to succeed, with a culture built on respect, open and honest communication, and honoring our commitments to our customers and each other. And at the heart of our culture, we’ve learned working together makes good ideas, great ones.

With a legacy dating back more than 350 years, Saint-Gobain offers employees the stability and security of a leading Global 500 corporation while operating like multiple small and agile start-ups, where entrepreneurial spirit, pioneering teamwork, and bold, forward-thinking ideas pave new paths.

Every team member is encouraged to develop and leverage their unique expertise and strengths to make the greatest impact on the company and our end users. At Saint-Gobain, you’re empowered and equipped with countless opportunities and resources for professional development. You will find the support you need to create a vision and roadmap for your career, and make that vision a reality.

Invent yourself at Saint-Gobain Life Sciences; and together, we’ll create a better life.


Legal Statement

Saint-Gobain provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Saint-Gobain is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and supports the hiring of veterans.


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NA Manager of Manufacturing Operational Excellence - Bioprocess Solutions, Life Sciences

Location: Cer-solonremote - Ls,

Posting Date: 11/23/2021

Job Code: USA00138

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