• Senior Director, Operational Excellence

    Job Locations US-NJ-Princeton
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  • Responsibilities

    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 Degree required (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 management experience.
    • 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.


    Travel (approximately 10%)


    Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company is a global healthcare company with the corporate philosophy: “Otsuka-people creating new products for better health worldwide.” Otsuka researches, develops, manufactures and markets innovative products, with a focus on pharmaceutical products to meet unmet medical needs and nutraceutical products for the maintenance of everyday health.

    In pharmaceuticals, Otsuka is a leader in the challenging area of maental health and also has research programs on several under-addressed diseases including tuberculosis, a significant global public health issue. These commitments illustrate how Otsuka is a “big venture” company at heart, applying a youthful spirit of creativity in everything it does.

    Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company is a subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The Otsuka group of companies employed 45,000 people worldwide and had consolidated sales of approximately USD 11 billion (€ 9.9 billion) in 2016.

    All Otsuka stories start by taking the road less travelled. Learn more about Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company on its global website at www.otsuka.co.jp/en. Learn more about Otsuka in the U.S. at www.otsuka-us.com.



    This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned to this position. It is not intended to include every job duty and responsibility specific to the position. Otsuka reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.


    Otsuka is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status, or any protected status.

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