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Production Operations Leader

Production Operations Leader
Lower Saxony
Europe; Middle East; Africa
Elanco is a global animal health company that develops products and knowledge services to prevent and treat disease in food animals and pets in more than 90 countries. With a 64-year heritage, we rigorously innovate to improve the health of animals and benefit our customers, while fostering an inclusive, cause-driven culture for more than 5,800 employees. At Elanco, we’re driven by our vision of food and companionship enriching life – all to advance the health of animals, people and the planet. Learn more at
Reporting to Site Manager, responsibilities include
  • Personal commitment to safety
  • As a PLT member, a commitment to influence site direction and align the site and operations team to meet site goals
  • Lead and manage manufacturing operations and front-line technical agenda to safely supply customers. This covers all unit operations from Viral/Bacterial, Upstream/Downstream and Label & Packaging.
  • Accountability for Process Teams that operate, problem solve and improve operations within specific plants.
  • Lead cross-functional teams, with indirect reports, to operate, problem solve and improve operations within specific plants.

Task Description

  • Establish Control and Reduce Variability
    • Ensure processes within each Process Team are compliant, capable and in control
    • Operate within targets set for critical parameters, efficiency, yield and cycletimes
    • Ensure operations are staffed to meet production schedule and technical agenda batches

  • Operate Cross-Functionally
    • First team is Plant Lead Team – align the technical agenda to site goals and activities in order to deliver the business plan
    • Integrate Operations, TSMS, Quality and Engineering resources as part of cross-functional Process Teams that own Safety, Quality, Cost and Cycletime targets and improvements.

  • Scientific and Technical Excellence
    • Develop a broad understanding of EHS, TSMS, Eng and Quality functional roles for leadership alignment within manufacturing operations
    • Maintain operational capability and lean capability within the operations team
    • Transfer best practices for best operational practices from network and other sites
    • Network and communicate with senior management at site and functional levels

  • Continuous Improvement and Lean
    • Focus on Customer requirements through the MSOE and House of Manufacturing
    • Lead lean management systems, especially standard work, huddles, Gemba, KPIs and RCA

  • Safety and Leadership Behaviours
    • ‘Safety first’ that seeks to engage, learn and take action to prevent possible harm
    • Role model Elanco leadership culture : Customer, Humility, Discipline, Involve
    • Adaptable leadership style depending on situation to ensure engagement and inclusiveness
    • Ability to step up and across to cover other PLT leadership roles, including Site Head

  • Team and People Development
    • Ensure people are trained for current roles
    • Ensure people receive coaching and development for future roles
    • Review team effectiveness, engagement and motivation
    • Provide feedback to functional members of the Process Team
  • Leadership experience of manufacturing operations, preferably vaccines
  • Experience of process improvement tools such as Lean, FMEA, QRM and Six Sigma
  • Experience in qualification/validation activities, GMP and regulatory audits
  • Experience in EHS activities and safety-partnership
  • Proven ability to lead teams without direct reporting. Three or more years’ experience in a leadership role.
  • Coach, mentor and develop talent through inclusion and diversity
  • Demonstrated results by working cross-functionally with peers and leading teams in order to achieve common goals
  • Ability to converse in German and English
  • 10+ years cross functional expertise in equivalent technical areas including Quality, Product Development or Manufacturing Operations, within the biopharmaceutical industry
  • Good planning and communication skills
  • Technical knowledge of the processes and equipment involved in vaccine manufacture
  • Technical knowledge of vaccine design and virology
  • Experience in operating at a Plant Lead Team level, including ability to teamwork with peers and lead department to achieve site goals
  • Experience of integrating and prioritizing functional goals with site goals
  • Experience with project management
  • Educated to degree level in a technical discipline (eg Engineering, Science)
  • Qualification, or equivalent experience, in process improvement methodology such as Lean or Six Sigma
  • Ongoing technical professional development