Operational Excellence Director – Vaccines Production, Primary Bacterial Operations

Basic qualifications:

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum Level of Education : University degree related to the role. Additional degree, e.g. MBA is preferred.
  • Area of Specialisation : Biotechnology, bulk, sterile and/or packaging operations.
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

Basic Experience required :

  • At least 15 years' working experience acquired in several environments within vaccines or pharma production (functions, departments, countries, companies).
  • At least 5 years' experience in Lean Six Sigma manufacturing in a similar role.
  • Senior management position or previous experience in leadership role within operations.
  • Proven track record leading and managing complex projects and teams.
  • Change Management experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of cGMPs.
  • Business level French and English, written and spoken.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Advanced knowledge in Lean Sigma manufacturing.
  • Experience acquired in Primary (fermentation/cell culture, purification) and/or Secondary (formulation, sterile filling, packaging) operations.
  • Previous experience in QA/QC is a plus.
  • Good understanding of business/financial processes.



This function enables and drives changes across GSK Vaccines Belgium Operations through expertise, team-work and strong, trusted relationships inside the organisation. The OE Director is responsible for helping the Business deliver and exceed its strategy via the following achievements:

  • Build and deploy a Continuous Improvement and Execution strategy and operating system.
  • Drive the change in mindset and behaviour across the organisation to ensure successful implementation.
  • Develop strong network among the leaders of the manufacturing sites and the Business Improvement related fields.
  • Operate in Vaccines high priority areas, in close relationship with senior management (VPs, Operations and Quality Leadership Teams, production sites and central functions).
  • Act transversally, taking into consideration strategic plans from multiple departments.
  • Able to identify issues and propose mitigation plans to the Senior Management.
  • Acting depute to the Head of Primary Operations and is a successor to the role of Manufacturing Unit Head as "ready now".

Other Job-Related Skills / Background :

  • Maintain a high level of integrity while balancing multiple priorities and responsibilities.
  • Enterprise thinking (end-to-end supply orientation, cross functional team spirit, sharing of good practices within the network).
  • Business understanding (strategy, leadership, supply, finance etc.).
  • Able to influence at all levels, and proven ability to work in complex and multi-cultural environment.
  • Result oriented, naturally driven by customer & performance benchmarking and metrics.
  • Analytical and problem solving (trouble shooting) skills - creative approach to problem solving and the ability to challenge the status quo.
  • Ability to develop others trough teaching, coaching and mentoring (70-20-10).
  • Good communication, animation, presentation skills (Flexible Thinking).
  • Assertive, pragmatic, personal drive, team player, autonomous.
  • Eager to learn.

Our Offer:

At GSK we provide a supportive working environment, and a range of development challenges and opportunities. We also offer competitive benefits and compensation packages designed to attract and to retain the very best. GSK is proud to promote an open culture, encouraging people to be themselves and giving their ideas a chance to flourish. GSK is an equal opportunity employer.

The Department:

Once our pioneering treatments have been developed, they are manufactured to the highest standards and distributed across the regions that need them most. Accomplishing this as efficiently and quickly as possible can quite literally be a matter of life and death. So it's no wonder that more than 70% of our talented workforce is based within Global Industrial Operations - the essential business unit that manufactures and manages the entire vaccine supply process, from customer order to product dispatch on a global scale.

As the name suggests, it operates in a multi-national context across more than 17 sites around the world, working closely in tandem with colleagues from a variety of disciplines and professions.

The department is structured in operating units that focus on various aspects of the manufacturing and supply process. These include Industrialisation (overseeing the transfer of production from R&D to a commercial level), Supply Chain Management and Technical Services.

Our Company:

GSK is one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

GSK Vaccines is one of the world's leading vaccine companies, with a comprehensive portfolio of 39 vaccines for infants, adolescents and adults and 15 more in development. We have more than 16,000 people working worldwide to deliver nearly 2 (1.9) million vaccines every day to people in around 90% (172) of the world's countries.

For further information, please visit www.gsk.com.

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