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Manufacturing Operations Lead

Boxmeer, Netherlands

Job Description

A pivotal position in shaping the strategic direction and operational excellence of our state-of-the-art production facility.

For our animal health location in Boxmeer we are currently recruiting a Manufacturing Operations Lead

Welcome in our team

The production facilities in Boxmeer and De Bilt are part of our global animal health production network and manufacture and package animal health products according to Good Manufacturing Practices standards (GMP). Our production organization consists of several Integrated Process Teams (IPTs) and Centers of Excellence (CoEs). The activities of the IPT Live (~140 FTE) covers the manufacture of live vaccines. Within the department, our SFFD (sterile filling and freeze drying) department is a new state of the art facility with a vital role in the supply of Live vaccines primarily for small household pets.

In SFFD, we operate two production lines: the Bulk line and the Specialty Line. The Bulk line is equipped with three fully automated freeze dryers to ensure a consistent commercial production pace. Both lines run 7 days a week, with 2 shifts per day, supported by three shift teams covering all shifts.

About the role

We seek a Manufacturing Operations Lead with strategic responsibility for Bulk production, reporting to the SFFD Lead and working during dayshift (9-17). Leading three shift teams covering all shifts on the Bulk line and supporting Spec line operations, you oversee a team of (now) 60 FTEs. Initially focusing on operational sponsorship for a second Bulk line installation, your role will expand to include managing new shift teams. As the right hand of the SFFD Lead, and as part of the SFFD Management Team, you play a crucial role in budgeting, audits, investments, and long-term strategy, aligning with our strategic pillars. Your responsibilities include ensuring operational performance, standardization across shifts, future hiring and training plans, financial forecasting, maintaining GMP standards, capacity planning, guiding strategic projects, managing GMP audits, fostering collaboration, leading change management, and ensuring a safe work environment.

Your profile

  • Relevant bachelor’s or master’s degree (e.g., Life Sciences, Business Administration).
  • Strong experience in leading and developing teams in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment.
  • Familiar with Lean Six Sigma, strong project and change management skills and the ability to build strong relationships throughout the organization.
  • Excellent command of the English and Dutch language, oral and written.
  • Living at a reasonable distance of Boxmeer.

What we offer

A managerial position with impact in a highly dynamic production department; driving strategic- and challenging improvement initiatives whilst managing and developing a team of professionals. We welcome you to a truly global, dynamic and challenging environment with great opportunities for personal development. Our benefits are very competitive, and the summary below will give you an idea of what you can expect.

  • Competitive salary and a 3% year-end bonus;
  • 35,5 days of leave;
  • Solid Pension Plan;
  • Bonus Plan subject to the company annual results;
  • Travel allowance for commuting;
  • Numerous trainings, coaching and e-learning modules for long term job opportunities and development;
  • Flexible working arrangements.

Animal Health

Our Animal Health Division is a trusted global leader in veterinary medicine, dedicated to preserving and improving health, well-being, and performance of animals and the people who care for them. We are a global team of professionals working together to make a positive difference in animal care and the world’s food supply and have a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society, and our planet.

Through our commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals®, we offer veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services as well as an extensive suite of digitally connected identification, traceability and monitoring products. We invest in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. We are present in more than 50 countries, while our products are available in some 150 markets.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.

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Job Posting End Date: 06/14/2024

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Requisition ID: R295494

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