Senior Director, Operational Excellence

Otsuka Pharmaceuticals   •  

Princeton, NJ

Industry: Pharmaceuticals & Biotech


11 - 15 years

Posted 278 days ago

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Seeking and individual with excellent leadership, operational execution, process transformation, change management and communication capabilities. The Senior Director of Operational Excellence will lead strategic, transformational and operational improvement projects working with a cross functional team to enable process, technology and organizational effectiveness. This individual will seek to identify transformational opportunities to drive growth, efficiency and productivity, as well as lead the creation, development and tactical execution of implementation plans.


  • Proven business leader with the desire and experience to drive strategic change and operational execution.
  • Partner with Businesses to design and support effective and efficient organizations by implementing operational improvements, process enhancements, organizational effectiveness, and technical solutions. Assist with the change management development, communication and execution plans.
  • Lead a portfolio of projects by managing different client groups, conflicting schedules and resources. Able to resolve conflicts and identify solutions to move projects to successful completion. Able to assess and perform current process mapping and design value-added future process environment. Able to develop transition plan to move organization from current process to future state.
  • Motivates, coaches and develops those individuals across the organization involved in leading or executing operational excellence or continuous improvement objectives; mentors individuals at all levels to support them through the adoption of lean principles and practices
  • Assist in the development, leadership and execution of the continuous improvement long range plan inclusive of project selection, resource management and technology innovation
  • Utilizes best practices from Lean, Six Sigma, DMAIC and change management methodologies
  • Ability to effectively communicate current processes and future solution recommendations
  • Develops business improvement planning processes that align and prioritize improvement projects linked to business strategy and business planning at corporate and operational levels



  • Bachelor's Degreerequired (B.A. or B.S.); MBA or MSE is preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years' experience in Finance, Operations or Continuous Improvement.
  • Ability to effectively communicate current processes and future solution recommendations
  • Strong influencing and communication skills; capable of securing executive level leadership buy-in, sponsorship and investment through strong articulation of business benefits aligned to broader organizational strategy
  • Project managementexperience.
  • Proven track record leading large scale operational and strategic projects Change management capability.
  • A proven record of driving strategic change, productivity and operational excellence in the processes that support the business.
  • Strong leadership skills through direct and matrixed organization


  • Certifications in Project Management
  • Certifications in the area of Six Sigma or Change Management are highly valued in this role.