Continuous Improvement Specialist

30 Mar 2018
20 Apr 2018
Justin Pankinas
Job Type
Continuous Improvement Specialist

Position Summary:
Works collaboratively and develops extensive knowledge of processes to analyse the flow of work. Organises and drives various improvement initiatives within the IPT department. Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
*Develops and supports systems; to foster accountability and recognition of continuous improvement efforts.
*Develops the Continuous Improvement capabilities of the organisation by creating and deploying training for employees
*Facilitates and supports cross-functional Kaizens, continuous improvement projects, and structured problem solving activities that are working to eliminate waste.
*Identifies areas of opportunity by evaluating performance metrics and manages the implementation of remediation.
*Prepares, distributes & presents projects status reports to project team members and management.
*Assembles and assesses operational data and reports on broad operating performance through a functional report.

Principal Accountabilities:
*Provide cross functional support on all elements of the Lean Toolkit including Value Stream and Process Mapping, Standardized Work, Tier process, 5S Work Place organization, Kaizen, 7 Wastes identification etc.
*Proven experience and track record in driving rapid improvement projects through the use of Kaizen and/or project teams.
*Deploy Statistical techniques and expertise to provide support and technical mentoring on the Key Six Sigma tools and Methodologies such as DMAIC, Product and Process FMEA, Gage R&R, DOE, Hypothesis Testing, Stability and Capability testing etc. proven track record in transforming real world problem into statistics and resolving successfully
*Drive a Problem Solving culture by demonstrating strong problem solving skills, leading and active participation in system failure investigations and subsequent Root Cause Analysis, using standard tools and methods e.g. FMEA, Fishbone diagrams, 5 Why's, Hypothesis testing etc. to resolve issues and provide permanent corrective actions.
*Adopt a coaching personable style which will encourage and develop the confidence in colleagues who are learning to problem solve.
*Promotion of the implementation of the MPS program across the business through leading high impact process improvement projects, ensuring a mechanism for sustaining the change and ensuring that associated benefits are in place.
*Required to comply with Clients Global Policies, Procedures and Guidelines, regulatory requirements and execute current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) in the performance of day to day activities and all applicable job functions.
*Work collaboratively to drive a safe and compliant culture in Carlow.
*May be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Skills and Knowledge
Typical Minimum Education:
*Bachelor's Degree or higher preferred; ideally in a related discipline
*Lean Six Sigma Methodology experience required
*Reports, standards, policy writing skills required
*Knowledge of cGMP and GDP preferred
*Sterile filling processes and equipment an advantage
*Proficiency in Microsoft Office and job related computer applications required

Core Competencies

*Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills, to interface effectively with all levels of colleagues and with external customers in a team orientated manner
*Understand the specific responsibilities of all Carlow departments as they relate to one's own department, understanding the business processes ones department supports
*Customer service
*Flexible approach
*Proven organizational skills
*Planning and scheduling skills
*Effective time management and multi-tasking skills
*Excellent attention to detail
*Starter, finisher
*Trouble shooting skills
*Goal/results orientated
*Data analysis
*Basic financial awareness
*Training skills
*Demonstrable analytical and systematic problem solving skills
*Strong influencing skills
*Decision Making
*Strategy development

*Focus on Customers and Patients
*Act with Candour and Courage
*Make Rapid, Disciplined Decisions
*Drive Results
*Build Talent
*Demonstrate Ethics and Integrity

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