Continuous Improvement Manager |£50000 - £65000 per annum

Continuous Improvement Manager

Additional Information

Location: East London / Essex

Salary: £50,000 – £65,000 + 5% Bonus + Benefits

Hours: Monday to Friday 37.5hpw

Job Type: Permanent

Job purpose

The role of the Continuous Improvement Manager is to develop and maintain a Production Management System which uses Visual Performance Management and associated cycles of Continuous Improvement to help close the gap between the sites performance and its targets. The holder works closely with Production and other functions in the development and introduction of improved operational techniques to support site efficiencies, quality objectives and customer service.

Main Responsibilities and Duties

  • Develop and maintain a Lean Production System
  • Identify and deliver service improvement activity across the site through employing process improvement methodologies and the application of innovative thinking
  • To work with key business stakeholders, and multi-jurisdictional ‘LEAN champions’, to build a continuous improvement environment to support an ongoing programme of change
  • Lead and facilitate LEAN/process improvement-based workshops to drive ideas and solutions
  • Assist in the development and implementation of a ‘best-in-class’ continuous improvement strategy
  • Drive the mind-set and behaviour shift of the line managers, coaching and helping them to introduce and sustain the new ways of working
  • Take ownership of change initiatives from evolution/efficiency identification through to project delivery via internal governance and controls, including effective project reporting and risk management
  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to deliver process improvements through effective engagement and collaboration
  • To actively monitor project risks to foresee/identify potential problems and proactively identify solutions to address in advance
  • Complete post implementation reviews to ensure successful delivery has been achieved and to ensure that improvements can be made for future projects

Additional Responsibilities

  • Responsible for ensuring staff and self are trained and aware of the importance of data integrity and potential risk to product quality and patient safety
  • Where GxP data is generated, ensure that the principles of Data Integrity are adhered to

Experience and Qualifications

Educated to degree level (or equivalent)


  • Previous experience in a GMP Manufacturing environment
  • Experience of coaching and delivering training
  • Demonstrable project management experience
  • Experience of designing or implementing a framework of continuous improvement in a multifunctional organisation
  • Experience of hands-on implementation of continuous improvement programs and Lean solutions
  • Experience of designing remediation plans to address productivity and efficiency issues, and track record of following through to ensure closure
  • Previous experience of production packing in a pharmaceutical environment (Desirable)


  • Degree (or equivalent) in business, finance or other relevant subject
  • Lean Six Sigma Green belt or equivalent
  • Lean six Sigma Black Belt
  • Professional Project Management qualification


  • Knowledge of MS Office packages
  • Knowledge of structured problem-solving methods
  • Financially aware with a good understanding of a P&L statement


  • Strong influencing skills with experience working collaboratively with internal stakeholders
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Strong verbal and written
  • Communication skills
  • Strong analytical, project and product management skills, including a thorough understanding of how to interpret
  • Business needs and translate them into operational requirements

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