Baxter Sr Manager, Operational Excellence in Round Lake, Illinois

Senior Manager, Operational Excellence Baxter International Inc.

About Baxter
Every day, millions of patients and caregivers rely on Baxter’s leading portfolio of critical care, nutrition, renal, hospital and surgical products. For more than 85 years, we’ve been operating at the critical intersection where innovations that save and sustain lives meet the healthcare providers that make it happen. With products, technologies and therapies available in more than 100 countries, Baxter’s employees worldwide are now building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of transformative healthcare innovations. To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Position Overview This role is responsible for developing and delivering world class training to meet the training needs (GB, BB, MBB, Problem Solving) of Global Operations and Support Functions. This individual should be a strong team player with highly developed communication and presentation skills. This position reports to the Director of Operational Excellence.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities * Assists and Works with the Global Operational Excellence Directors to establish training and support goals and objectives to meet their Six Sigma and Lean training needs as well as other training needs as they may develop.

  • Develops, maintains, deploys, and delivers OpEx training (GB, BB, MBB, Problem Solving, and other ad hoc needed training)

  • Schedule, publish, and communicate training schedules with Global OpEx Directors and local OpEx Leaders

  • Coaches and mentor division-wide Black Belt and Green Belt candidates to ensure timely completion of their quality and/or cost focused projects- ultimately leading to the candidate’s certification.

  • Assists the Global directors to improve GB and BB certification rates by developing exam prep sessions and training aids.

  • Mentors and develops the skills of the Training and Support team members.

  • Works with IT to optimize and maintain the candidates’ database and the OpEx training website.

  • Ensures that the training material content meets the Baxter training objectives and the training needs of Baxter. Continuously evaluate ways to improve the training quality and best practice sharing.

  • Ensure each site has local OpEx support infrastructure and deployment plan

  • Works closely with the site management to better understand how corporate OpEx can assist the sites in their continuous improvement journey.

  • Develops a site level OpEx team support and deployment plan.

  • Assists in the coordination and development of the organization’s Operational Excellence deployment plan to include EMS, VIP, Certification Programs, Best Practices Sharing, and others.

  • Assists leadership in establishing baseline and target metrics for key processes.

  • Works with leadership in installing organizational supports for Operational Excellence (reviews, communications, rewards, software, etc.)

  • 50% travel -some international

  • Must have experience teaching GB/BB training courses

  • Must have experience managing teams and developing support programs

  • Must have Six Sigma Black Belt certification, Master Black Belt preferred

  • Must have a working knowledge of LEAN tools and DMAIC methodology

  • Must be able to function in a team environment.

  • Must be able to directly lead and/or co-lead high-impact process improvement projects.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects.

  • Demonstrated skills in planning, budgeting and project management directed toward achievement of business goals.

  • Proven skills working with cross-functional teams.

  • Strong negotiating and influencing skills. The ability to drive change.

  • Excellent reading, writing and verbal communication and platform skills in local language as well as in Eng­lish.

  • Strong teaching and presentation skills required.

  • Strong analytical/statistical problem solving skills.

  • Strong Coaching and Facilitation skills.

  • Advanced skills in Minitab, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

    Education and Experience

  • BS/BA degree or equivalent degree in Business Management, Engineering, or other related field of study. MBA, MS or other technical graduate degree preferred.

  • Certified Black Belt, solid knowledge of LEAN Manufacturing principles with a minimum of 7 years of business operations and/or plant manufacturing or engineering experience, which includes a minimum of 3 years of demonstrated process improvement success.

  • More than 20 hours teaching experience in GB/BB training courses

  • Broad business knowledge and ability to link customer needs with business processes.

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working in an international company, interacting with diverse locations across the globe.

A Career That Matters

Baxter’s employees are united in a mission to save and sustain lives. We are passionate about applying scientific innovation to meet the needs of the millions of people worldwide who depend on our medically necessary therapies and technologies. We focus on increasing access to healthcare, innovating in crucial areas of unmet need, and pursuing creative collaborations that bring our mission to life for patients every day.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Baxter is an equal opportunity employer. Baxter evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic.

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Reasonable Accommodations Baxter is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, please send an e-mail toAmericas_TTA@baxter.comand let us know the nature of your request along with your contact information.

Job: *Manufacturing

Organization: *Global Operations - Ops Excellence

Title: Sr Manager, Operational Excellence

Location: Illinois-Round Lake

Requisition ID: 18000FTD