Continuous Improvement/Operational Excellence Specialist

Foster City, CA
Dec 24, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Continuous Improvement/Operational Excellence Specialist
Netherlands - Hoofddorp

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based bio-pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gilead’s therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Making an impact on a global scale
Inclusion is one of the company’s five core values. That’s because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission-driven bio-pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly #CreatingPossible

Continuous Improvement/Operational Excellence Specialist

We are looking for an energetic and people-oriented process thinker with well-developed analytical and coaching skills. You are able to connect on various levels with colleagues from different cultures. You know how to combine decisiveness with finesse.

As a Continuous Improvement/Operational Excellence Specialist you will create and roll-out aspects of the Operational Excellence (OE) efforts at Kite's manufacturing site in Hoofddorp in line with the site OE program. You will help guide and lead OE project teams and assist in training employees on OE tools and techniques. You will be reporting to the Senior Manager, Operational Excellence.

Kite, A Gilead Company

At Kite, we are at the forefront of immunotherapy and engineered T cell therapy. We are helping change the paradigm of cancer treatment and we are revolutionizing individually tailored treatments. That means a fast moving and constantly changing environment, where we make discoveries every day - discoveries that include our own capabilities and our individual potential.

We're currently seeking to recruit highly motivated talents for different positions, to join us and be part of our exciting journey in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies and their translation to the treatment of patients with cancer.


You will be part of the Business Support Operations department of our site in Hoofddorp. You will help to shape our organization going forward with your personal experience and motivation. The department provides various types of support to the site - Project and Portfolio Management, Operational Excellence, Administrative support etc. As a member of the department, besides having a core area of expertise, you will also be able to learn, develop and contribute in other areas to bring benefit to the site.

Your Responsibilities
  • guide and lead OE project teams
  • train and coach employees on OE tools and techniques, such as:
    • Process and Value Stream Mapping
    • 8 Wastes
    • 5S and Visual Controls
    • Root Cause Analysis
    • Kaizen events
    • Standard Work / Leader Standard Work
  • foster continuous improvement culture
  • build relationships and perform stakeholder management

Your Profile


  • 5-7 years of relevant experience ideally in the life sciences sector (biotech/pharma/devices)
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Six Sigma and Lean principles - Green Belt certification preferred

  • Knowledge and understanding of Change Management principles and methodologies

Personal skills
  • Ability to support and manage complex process improvement projects with strong facilitation skills
  • Ability to understand and pick up things quickly
  • Ability to engage internal stakeholders effectively, facilitate discussions, influence effectively and develop relationships;
  • Must be Self-motivated, proactive and responsive, organized, results-oriented and attentive to detail
  • Be comfortable and efficient in a demanding, fast-paced, dynamic, often fluid environment

Additional Requirements

As we extend our global reach, we need colleagues interested in change, in challenge, and in building a new future together.

If you have the ability to thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment and feel that the moment has come for you to be part of such an exciting journey towards eliminating the burden of chronic cancer care, don't miss out on this opportunity to join us and discover your sense of purpose.

Kite is a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the development of innovative cancer immunotherapies with a goal of providing rapid, long-term durable response and eliminating the burden of chronic care. The company is focused on chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) and T cell receptor (TCR) engineered cell therapies designed to empower the immune system's ability to recognize and kill tumors. Kite is based in Santa Monica, CA. For more information on Kite, please visit Sign up to follow @KitePharma on Twitter at

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
It is the policy of Gilead Sciences, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively "Gilead" or the "Company") to recruit select and employ the most qualified persons available for positions throughout the Company. Except if otherwise provided by applicable law, all employment actions relating to issues such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, returns from layoffs, company-sponsored training, education assistance, social and recreational programs are administered on a non-discriminatory basis (i.e. without regard to protected characteristics or prohibited grounds, which may include an individual's gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, veteran status, and age, unless such protection is prohibited by federal, state, municipal, provincial, local or other applicable laws). Gilead also prohibits discrimination based on any other characteristics protected by applicable laws.

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