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Operational Excellence Lead

Barrington James
Mannheim, Germany
Competitive Package
Start date
9 Apr 2024
Closing date
9 May 2024

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Barrington James Board & Executive Partners are collaborating with a world leading pharmaceutical organisation displaying a broad portfolio across Immunology, Oncology, and Neuroscience, committed to innovation, quality, and developing patient-centric solutions.


With a vison of revolutionising treatments, creating personalised treatments, and building the future of healthcare, our client is looking to appoint a dynamic professional to oversee the journey of continuous improvement to make this vision a reality.


We are seeking an experienced Manufacturing expert, ideally with experience from the shop floor up to the board room. This would be an excellent pathway for a management consultant to transition to an in-house role where you will liaise with multiple stakeholders and bring out the best in others to positively impact patients with unmet medical needs. 


You should have experience leading manufacturing transformation projects, ideally with digital transformation experience, across regulated industries (pharmaceutical, biotech, chemical, healthcare etc).


If you are a strategic thinker with a background in manufacturing within pharmaceutical companies, or consultancies, please read further.






  • Operational Excellence Leadership: Provide strategic leadership in the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of operational excellence initiatives within our pharmaceutical manufacturing operations.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Ensure adherence to regulatory standards and guidelines, driving a culture of compliance and quality excellence in alignment with industry regulations.
  • Process Optimization: Identify and implement opportunities for process optimization and efficiency improvements throughout the manufacturing lifecycle, from raw materials to final product delivery.
  • Cross-functional Collaboration: Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including manufacturing, quality, supply chain, and R&D, to drive operational excellence and ensure seamless integration of best practices.
  • Performance Metrics: Establish and monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the effectiveness of operational excellence initiatives, providing regular updates to senior management.
  • Training and Development: Develop and deliver training programs to enhance the skills and capabilities of manufacturing personnel, fostering a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Change Management: Lead change management efforts, ensuring successful implementation of operational excellence initiatives and fostering a culture that embraces change and innovation.





  • Degree in Engineering or a related field; advanced degree (Master’s, MBA) preferred.
  • >5 years of experience in operational excellence, with a focus on manufacturing.
  • Lean Manufacturing expertise.
  • Experience within a top-tier consultancy advantageous.
  • Proven track record of successful implementation of operational excellence initiatives in regulated industries.
  • Strong understanding of regulatory requirements in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, with the ability to influence and engage at all levels of the organization.
  • Six Sigma or Lean certification is highly desirable.
  • Professional German and English language (Spoken and Written) required.



  • Competitive Base Salary.
  • Enhanced Bonus Scheme.
  • 25+ Days Holiday.
  • Private Health Insurance.
  • Life Insurance.
  • Enhanced Pension Scheme.
  • Clear Development Opportunities.
  • Flexible Working.



Following your application Francesca Hallworth, a specialist Pharmaceutical Recruiter will discuss the opportunity with you in detail. She will be more than happy to answer any questions relating to the industry and the potential for your career growth. The conversation can also progress further to discussing other opportunities, which are also available right now or will be imminently becoming available.


This position has been highly popular, and it is likely that it will close prematurely. We recommend applying as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Please click ‘apply’ or contact Francesca Hallworth for any further information.


Francesca Hallworth | Barrington James Ltd. | Board & Executive Partners


Email: fhallworth (at)







We’re great at what we do. A collection of the worlds finest Life Science recruiters working for the worlds best Life Science consultancy.

Originally, a purely contingency and contract recruiter, focused in the UK, Barrington James is now a sophisticated, highly effective provider of human resources solutions up to full RPO, partnering the pharma, medical devices, and healthcare industries right across the globe.

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