WuXi AppTec

  • Value Stream Manager, Lean Six Sigma (Process Development)

    Job Locations US-PA-Philadelphia
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  • Overview

    Works cross functionally to identify, manage and implement site improvement projects utilizing Lean Six Sigma tools to drive optimal performance and reduce waste within the current Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) production and testing process environments. They will devise efficient ways to leverage our staff, equipment, materials and other resources in the manufacturing, testing, and supply chain of our biologic products.  While this role is an independent contributor, they must cross functionally work and collaborate with Manufacturing, Laboratory Testing, Validation, Supply Chain, Facilities, and the Quality Assurance groups to optimize processes within the cell and gene therapies, monoclonal antibodies, and other biological processes.


    A focus area for this position is Process Development, Technical Development and Analytical Development departments.  Experience with continuous improvement in technical groups is a plus.


    • Lead and mentor others in the practical use of the Lean Six Sigma philosophy and tools to increase performance
    • Aid in identifying and selecting projects that fit the strategic business needs.
    • Measure and analyze biological processes (manufacturing and testing) for the purpose of developing and executing improved performance of direct and indirect labor / processes.
    • Provide active design, leadership, and advocacy of a continuous improvement culture.
    • Train employees on industrial engineering techniques for work / process simplification.
    • Adhere to cGMP and all other Quality standards.
    • Lead DMAIC Projects from identification through control phase.
    • Presentations to multiple levels in the organization.
    • Accomplishes staff results by communicating updated organizational information, job expectations & supporting their work
    • Develops, coordinates, and follows organizational systems, policies, procedures, and follows labor and capacity standards
    • Contributes to the overall operations and to the achievement of departmental goals
    • Perform job specific tasks in compliance with applicable Regulations, International Standards, and WuXi AppTec Policies and Standard Operating Procedures.
    • Thorough understanding of Good Laboratory Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices
    • Other duties as assigned
    • May be required to assist in other departments


    Experience / Education:

    • BA/BS in either Science, Engineering, or equivalent
    • Green Belt Certification from a reputable organization, achieved through project success, required
    • Black Belt Certification from a reputable organization, achieved through multiple project successes, a plus
    • 5-10 years of experience, including at least 2 years managing projects or Black Belt Certification from reputable organization and 2 – 5 years of experience

    Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:

    • Thorough understanding of and ability to facilitate Lean Six Sigma activities, techniques and methodologies in the areas of Standardized Work, Kaizen, Gemba, Problem-Solving, 5S/6S, Value Stream Mapping, Root Cause Analysis and Process Flow required
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to interface with clients, corporate staff and other contacts.
    • Ability to formally present complex rationales, strategies or processes in a simple and succinct manner at all levels of the organization.
    • Able to interpret, analyze and audit data including Quality Control audits or similar regulatory requirements.
    • Experience with working cooperatively in teams. Skills in scheduling, organizing, and communicating time sensitive tasks.
    • Experience and competency in electronic data management systems.
    • Ability to accomplish the described duties through the use of appropriate computer equipment and software. Proficiency required with Microsoft Excel, Word, Visio and Power Point. Experience with Minitab, a plus.
    • Proficient in Oral & Written communication skills
    • Need to be able to read, write and understand English
    • Proficient in Microsoft (Excel, Word, Outlook)
    • Able to work on site approximately 80% of the time.

    Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled


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