Lean Manufacturing Excellence Practitioner – 12 Month FTC

Lean Manufacturing Excellence Practitioner – 12 Month Fixed Term Contract


In Operations, we have a big ambition – to deliver more medicines to patients, quicker and more affordably. Backed by the investment, leadership and a clear plan to get there, we bring personal dedication and out of the box thinking.

We are driven by our commitment to deliver accelerated growth for AstraZeneca and to make people’s lives better. It pushes us to keep building on our foundations and progressing as we turn our ever-growing and increasingly complex pipeline from molecule to medicine. Be part of evolving how we work with Lean, cutting-edge science, digitalisation and sustainable practices.

Our continuing Manufacturing Excellence journey underpins on our strategic imperatives to Advance Lean Digital

Are you a Manufacturing Excellence Professional looking to play an integral part in developing a “world-class” culture and strengthening the “ways of working” at a global pharmaceutical organisation?

If so, this might be the right role for you.

Reporting to the Site Manufacturing Excellence Lead, the Lean Manufacturing Excellence Practitioner is an influential position which plays a major role in driving the site towards excellence. As a result we are seeking a highly experienced individual with the right blend of leadership, management, expertise and most importantly “hands-on” experience to join us on a 12-month secondment / fixed term contract.

We are looking for an inspiring and an engaging lean professional to join us, supporting the organisation in an exciting and challenging opportunity through significant cultural and performance change.

You will be an energised coach and role model for the organisation through motivating, developing and empowering our people to build an environment based on trust.

You will role model best practice sharing and adoption across the enterprise, and develop others in lean leadership, the ability to standardise/simplify, create and follow standards with rigour whilst being creative and innovative.

You will build strong relationships with partners, actively contributing to global initiatives and support the drive to deliver performance:


To embed a culture of manufacturing excellence through the adoption of the AstraZeneca Supply System (AZSS)

To embed manufacturing excellence standard practices into “ways of working”

Be instrumental in improving the Manufacturing Excellence capabilities of the Process Execution Team (PET) leadership team and the broader PET members

To align and prioritise activities to support execution/achievement of the PET strategy and scorecard ensuring consistency and alignment to the site and global manufacturing excellence plans

Essential Skills:

  • Significant experience in either a manufacturing or supply chain environment leading and managing continuous improvement (lean, six sigma, TQM)

  • Experience of business process ownership of key business processes and/or working within an organisation with a well-established business process methodology

  • Experience of managing teams within a manufacturing or supply chain environment

  • Degree in a scientific, technical or business field (equivalent experience will be considered)

  • Recognised qualification in a continuous improvement field (six sigma, lean, TPM)

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to coach, teach, facilitate and role model “ways of working” whilst also being prepared to “do”

  • Strong emotional intelligence and the ability to modify your approach to get the best from others

  • A great team-player, willing to both work hard to achieve success, and hold an equal stake when things are tough.

  • Ability to influence peers and leadership teams through challenging the status-quo in a constructive and scientific manner

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration.

There are so many fantastic employee benefits that AstraZeneca offer! AstraZeneca can offer you a competitive salary, private healthcare, a fantastic holiday allowance, phenomenal training and development opportunities, and much more.

So, what’s next…

Are you already imaging yourself joining the team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you!

We welcome your application no later than midnight Friday 12th November

Competitive Salary and Benefits

Open Date: 04/11/2021

Close Date: 12/11/2021

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