Pharmacyclics, LLC

Senior Manager, Operational Excellence - Transition Lead

Sunnyvale, CA
Apr 07, 2018
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Pharmacyclics is committed to the development and commercialization of novel therapies intended to improve the quality and duration of life and to resolve serious unmet medical needs for cancer patients. Pharmacyclics is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV), a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company. Oncology is a key therapeutic area for AbbVie, with a portfolio consisting of three marketed products and a pipeline containing multiple promising new molecules that are being studied in more than 200 clinical trials for over 20 different types of cancer.

More than 1,200 Pharmacyclics and AbbVie research scientists, clinicians, marketing, operations and corporate professionals work in the San Francisco Bay Area. They combine their expertise in immuno-oncology, stem cells, and cell-signaling with their knowledge of bispecific antibodies, antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), and covalent-inhibitor technologies to discover and develop novel cancer treatments. Together, we are striving to outsmart cancer.

Pharmacyclics is seeking a

Senior Manager, Operational Excellence - Transition Lead

The Senior Manager, Operational Excellence - Transition Lead is an expert in continuous improvement which is a key driver in all facets of Operational Excellence activities within Pharmacyclics Finance and Infrastructure. He/she drives efficiency initiatives, implements business harmonization projects and ensures related process standards are proactively and consistently applied, builds and promotes the capabilities of Operational Excellence. The role will utilize LEAN tools to define, measure and implement the initiatives resulting in a better organizational scalability.


  • Co-responsible for design, development and implementation of Operational Excellence projects that relate to Continuous Improvement, Change Management, Project Management Office, and Training
  • Implement and publish PTP, RTR, OTC quantitative and qualitative key performance analyses metrics and dashboards
  • Manages deployment of tools, frameworks, process governance in the PTP, RTR, OTC, T&E workstream
  • Identifies, assesses, and solves complex business problems for area of responsibility, where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors
  • Key point of oversight and control for PCYC Finance & Accounting integration program(s). Liaises with the Process and Localization Leaders. Highlights PCYC F&I leadership on issues and risks that need escalation. Manages milestones across work streams.
  • Manages the process transition to new processes within PCYC. Responsible for knowledge transfers, training to local key user communities, service level definitions, critical deliverables, cut-over readiness, etc.
  • Facilitates change management and integration project communications within PCYC as well as with external stakeholders
  • Serve as a liaison between the various cross-functional groups to co-develop and implement the various projects. Facilitates problem solving meetings
  • Provides technical and business support & guidance on improvement projects to provide a continuous pipeline of improvement activities to meet the companies' annual goals and objectives
  • Develop key relationships with functional leaders, key stakeholders, local key users and Subject Matter Experts to promote the deployment of improvement initiatives and adoption to change
  • Work with leadership across the F&I organization to identify and prioritize initiatives and develop plans to implement


  • BA/BS in Finance or Accounting, M.Sc. in Business as advantage
  • 3-6 years plus of industry or consulting experience in internal controls, project management and / or process optimization
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience in large scale ERP SAP and Global Target Operating Model implementation and post-implementation project(s)
  • Has proven experience with Six Sigma projects.
  • Proven ability to coordinate and implement process end-to-end and continuous improvement
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities, establish clear expectations and execute identified projects
  • Strong influencing and relationship skills
  • Excellent root case problem solving and process mapping skill
  • Strong computer, proficient in Microsoft Office specially Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio
  • Ability to liaise with, speak and present effectively to personnel at all levels of the organization
  • Proven ability to work with cross-functional teams
  • Hands-on experience of training and coaching others to support process standardization
  • Solution driven personality, dedicated to finding pragmatic solutions to complex problems
  • Strong communication and relationship management skills, able to influence without direct authority
  • High level of social competence, ability to work in different cultures and diverse environments
  • Previous experience in the areas PTP or RTR process management/optimization, PMO and/or risk management are required. FP&A and financial audit experience is a plus.
  • Has managed directly and/or indirectly team members