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Title:  Assoc, Six Sigma/Lean

Requisition ID:  62842
Date:  Nov 18, 2023

Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, US

Department:  Lean


At West, we’re a dedicated team that is connected by a purpose to improve patient lives that has been at the center of our Company for more than a century. Our story began when Herman O. West solved the problem of supplying penicillin in mass quantities to the US Government during World War 2. Through our work to deliver thousands of life-saving and life-enhancing injectable medicines to millions of patients daily, West’s indelible mark on the healthcare industry has just begun. A name started our story. How will yours help write our future?  


There’s no better place to join an inclusive community of professionals with opportunities for lifelong learning, growth and development. Supported by benefit programs, we empower the physical, mental, emotional and financial health of our team members and their families.  


We believe in giving back to help those in need in the communities where we live and work. And are equally committed to creating a healthier environment and planet through our sustainability efforts.  

Job Summary:

Directs the Lean strategic improvement initiatives for the Jersey Shore Plant and supply chain. Works in conjunction with Management and the Process Excellence team to support the overall vision and drive improvements to ensure the processes meet present and future requirements for improvements in cost, quality, delivery, growth, and flexibility.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership and training on Lean philosophies and tools to the entire organization.
  • Organize and facilitate Kaizen / RIE (Rapid Improvements Events).
  • Lead cross functional teams in deploying lean/sigma methods of continuous improvement.
  • Assures that the Lean Daily Management System© is engaged and working as intended.
  • Develop and maintain meaningful lean metrics, status update reporting, and documentation of identified and implemented projects.
  • Monitors and reports on all savings and Lean activities monthly
  • Facilitates the development, follow through and adjustment of a lean strategic plan for the site.
  • Assesses and reports on plant progress to keep implementation on track.
  • Leads and manages site DMAIC program.
  • Works closely with other Lean Leaders to identify opportunities for Best Practices sharing between sites.
  • Assures ongoing Lean and DMAIC training for all employees as required/necessary.
  • Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, instruction, and all safety rules.
  • Performs other duties as assigned based on business needs.


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree; preferred in a discipline related to business, operations, technical, mechanical, or industrial engineering
  • Experience: 5+ of relevant experience within manufacturing environment, production leadership and demonstrated operational improvement
  • Must be self-motivated, must have excellent people skills, written and verbal communication, problem solving, coaching, training, relationship building, managing resistance and project management skills.
  • Trained in Lean philosophy, and experience in applying Lean tools and techniques


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 5+ years of practical and successful lean sigma implementation experience in a manufacturing/production environment
  • Ability to motivate others through strong leadership, communication, and facilitation skills.
  • Proven project management, organization and Lean-Sigma skills specifically applying Lean/Six Sigma methodologies encompassing FMEA (Failure Mode & Effects Analysis), DMAIC (Design-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control), COPQ (Cost Of Poor Quality) and DFSS (Design For Six Sigma).
  • Certified in Lean and Black Belt in Six Sigma is desired.
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment and working knowledge of OSHA/EPA/safety regulations, manufacturing, and process automation, ISO9000, FDA and cGMP requirements


Travel Requirements:

  • 20% for less (up to 52 business days per year)


Physical and Mental Requirements:

  • Medium – exerting up to 50lb/22kg of force occasionally and/or up to 20lbs/9kg of force frequently, and/or up to 10lbs/4kgs of force constantly to move objects
  • Proven ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Ability to stand on concrete floors for long durations
  • Ability to clearly communicate and understand spoken communication
  • Must also be able to maintain confidentiality and resolve conflicts.
  • Comfortable working in a manufacturing environment.
  • Specific vision abilities may be needed by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Make independent and sound judgments.
  • Multitask, work under time constraints, problem solve, and prioritize.
  • Excellent communicator with ability to maintain confidentiality and resolve conflicts and ambiguity.
  • Use written and verbal communication skills effectively.
  • Read and interpret data, information and documents to analyze and solve problems.
  • Learn and apply new information and new skills.







West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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