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Operational Excellence Project Manager III (Life Science)

Walkersville, Maryland
Start date
Apr 1, 2024

Job Details

Today, Lonza is a global leader in life sciences operating across three continents. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

Lonza Bioscience has an exciting opportunity for an Operational Excellence Project Manager to join our team in Walkersville, MD.  The role exists to provide key support for the site leadership team to deliver business results by working with teams to identify opportunities for improvement and taking accountability for rigorous execution and delivery.  The Operational Excellence Project Manager is able to influence teams across the corporation, and is expected to help generate the Operational Excellence (OE) strategy and execute to identify as well as develop systems that support the business in continuous process improvement efforts, enhancements to the daily management system and culture change.  The role supports and/or leads general OE programs and training, mentoring Yellow Belt and Green Belt trainees to certification and project completion.

The ideal candidate for this role will have a palpable energy level, demonstrated track record of delivering results, strategic mindset,  experience leading successful LSS projects and strong command of Microsoft Project and PowerBI. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Act as a subject matter expert for the site coaching others in the philosophy, methods, tools and techniques of process improvement to increase the capability of the business to respond to problems.  Plan, lead, drive and execute continuous improvement projects that increase throughput, provide favorable P&L impact, and improve organizational scalability using Lean/DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) approach
  • Helps generate Operational Excellence (OE) strategy to identify and develop systems and support for ongoing site efforts:  process improvement, daily management system, and culture.  Facilitate Kaizen events and workshops
  • Project Management:  Coordinates all aspects of continuous improvement project(s) having an internal focus from initiation to delivery
  • Develop improvement project business cases to secure the necessary support and resources for success.  Support departmental improvement efforts in a variety of project team member roles to accelerate delivery of improvements
  • Coach teams to establish performance measurements and process control plans to monitor project results and drive sustainability.  Communicate project progress and promote project achievements to maintain awareness of improvement activity on the site
  • Actively engage in problem solving at the site by identifying critical issues and providing solutions linked to root causes.  Assist/lead in root cause analysis/technical investigation (RCI) when needed; May provide mentorship to RCI trainees to ensure proper qualification.
  • Modify and facilitate training sessions of relevant material, including Six Sigma project efforts

Key requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (preferably in Life Sciences and/or Engineering)
  • Must have at least 7 years of manufacturing experience, in roles such as MSAT, Engineering, Process Specialist;  biotech/pharma industry experience preferred; Experience in an FDA regulated Biotech/Pharmaceutical industry, is a plus
  • Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belt Certification, LSS Black Belt Certification is a plus, Project Management Professional is a plus
  • Understanding and practitioner of Lean and Six Sigma principles and Project Management Methodology. Expert level in process improvement tools and methodologies
  • Facilitation skills; Proven facilitator with the ability to manage and lead teams
  • Experience leading several LSS projects with detailed project plans; projects can be small to large scale.
  • Computer skills (Statistical analysis experience a plus, MS Project, Excel, Visio, Access, SharePoint, Power BI).
  • Diplomacy, negotiation skills, independent work skills, strong work ethic and self-starter

Every day, Lonza’s products and services have a positive impact on millions of people. For us, this is not only a great privilege, but also a great responsibility. How we achieve our business results is just as important as the achievements themselves. At Lonza, we respect and protect our people and our environment. Any success we achieve is no success at all if not achieved ethically.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 



Lonza is a preferred global partner to the pharmaceutical, biotech and nutrition markets. We work to enable a healthier world by supporting our customers to deliver new and innovative medicines that help treat a wide range of diseases. We achieve this by combining technological insight with world-class manufacturing, scientific expertise and process excellence. Our unparalleled breadth of offerings enables our customers to commercialize their discoveries and innovations in the healthcare industry.

Founded in 1897 in the Swiss Alps, today, Lonza operates across five continents. With more than 17,000 employees (full-time equivalent), we comprise high-performing teams and individual talent who make a meaningful difference to our own business, as well as to the communities in which we operate. The company generated sales of CHF 3 billion with a CORE EBITDA of CHF 987 million in H1 2022. Find out more at


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