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Site Cost-To-Win Leader

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Job Description

Site Cost-To-Win Leader

Ireland/Dun Laoghaire

BD is a global medical technology company focused on improving drug therapies, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases, and advancing research and discovery of new drugs and vaccines.  BD provides an environment which enables our highly talented workforce to be the best at their professions. We are always seeking people who have a passion and commitment to join our Company on its journey to ‘advancing the world of health’.

The Site Cost-To-Win Leader leads plant activities related to Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, Continuous Improvement (CI) and Cost-To-Win (CTW).

The role holds responsibility for leading the strategic planning activity for CI, as well as developing and executing the implementation plan for that strategy.


  • Lead the Executive Steering Team (ESC) for continuous improvement activities at the plant.
  • Collaborate with other CI leaders/plants and corporate CI group in the development and implementation of CI strategy.
  • Support lean manufacturing skills development by coordinating continuous improvement activities and actively participating in the development/rollout of the corporate lean manufacturing strategy.
  • Build a strong CI culture at the plant through the education of other associates in CI tools and leverage this capability to execute plans. This would include facilitating the training of Lean Leaders and Six Sigma practitioners.
  • Act as a role model, mentor and coach to others.
  • Drive and sustain CI activities and programs such as: ESC, 5S, PVD’s, Visual Controls, Standard Work, Kaizen events, A3’s, Problem Solving, Process Optimisation, Waste Reduction, Value Stream Mapping and 20 Keys.
  • Work in collaboration with stakeholders Operations, Engineering and Quality to identify/deliver CI/CTW savings projects to achieve the annual budget targets.
  • Facilitate blitzes throughout the plant.
  • Working with the business unit functional groups in Marketing, R&D, Quality, Procurement and Manufacturing Support to execute CTW blitzes and projects.
  • Submit monthly CI/CTW metrics to plant leadership team, WW director CTW/CI for DC and the corporate CI group.
    Work with the Drogheda Site CI leader and rollup Ireland CI performance as part this process.
  • Co-ordinate all site CI/Cost to Win projects and track progress against published project milestones, spend forecasts and associated cost savings.
  • Use the ‘PPM’ process and interface with CI/CTW project owners to ensure to ensure projects are on track and communicate any roadblocks with suggested solutions to site leadership.
  • Lead PPM initiatives at the plant as required.
  • To escalate as appropriate any project issues, scope change or other project concerns.
  • To identify future opportunities for cost savings and to substitute any CI/CTW saving losses with new projects.
  • To complete capital requests for applicable projects and gain approval.
  • Responsible for SPN production capacity and production headcount planning. Specifically plan, organise and control production volumes to meet scheduled requirements.
  • Ensure that all devices manufactured meet required quality specifications. Work with quality to understand customer complaints and modify processes/equipment/operator standards as necessary to eliminate these defects.
  • Ensure SPN resources are optimized within budgeted costs through planned maintenance of machines and equipment with full integration of technical support.
  • Develop Associates through involvement, delegation and regular reviews of performance.
  • Conduct regular audits of production areas and equipment and ensure adequate safety and good manufacturing practices are adhered to.
  • Ensure all new equipment, processes and changes to existing equipment are validated.
  • Measure and control results of activities through analysis of production volumes, product quality levels and costs and lead continuous improvement programmes to improve performance.
  • Maintain quality and environmental standards.
  • Conduct regular communication briefings with all reporting staff.
  • Liaise with external and corporate personnel as required.
  • Any other reasonable duties which may be required by management from time to time.

Educational Requirements:

  • Relevant third level qualification preferably in an Engineering or Science discipline.
  • Formal Lean or Six Sigma certification

Relevant Experience:

  • A minimum of ten years’ experience in a Lean, 6 Sigma or Continuous Improvement role in a manufacturing environment.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in a Supervisory/Management role of a medium size manufacturing unit
  • Thorough knowledge of Lean and Six Sigma principles.
  • Working knowledge of engineering and improvement concepts associated with a high volume, technically complex, regulated manufacturing unit.
  • Track record of leading and delivering improvement projects with clear financial impact.
  • Working knowledge of engineering and quality concepts associated within a high volume, technically complex, regulated manufacturing unit.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication as well as computer and mathematical skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of production and people management principles
  • Knowledge of budgetary control procedures
  • Production and materials planning

    Primary Work Location

    IRL Dun Laoghaire - Pottery Road

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