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Associate Director, Operational Excellence & Project Management

Company: bluebird bio
Location: Durham
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Job Description:

Associate Director, Operational Excellence & Project Management At bluebird, only two things matter - patients and our people. When you join the nest, you're not just landing a new gig, you become a part of a flock that's soaring to new heights. We're 1100+ doers, thinkers and collaborators across the globe with a strong sense of our values and our purpose. Our innovation and sustainability are rooted in the diversity of our teams and results are achieved through cooperation and the incorporation of multiple points of view. This is personal and we approach every challenge with radical care. The time is now to rise up and recode the science, the systems, and the status quo. ABOUT THE FLOCK Join bluebird bio's enthusiastic and collaborative team and contribute to the overall success of our novel gene therapy approaches. bluebird bio seeks an Operational Excellence & Project Management leader at our new manufacturing facility, bluebird Research Triangle (bRT), in North Carolina. The 125,000 square foot facility will produce lentiviral vector for our gene and cell therapies, including treatments for multiple myeloma, transfusion-dependent Beta-thalassemia and sickle cell disease. The site is large enough to accommodate significant potential future expansion. This role will report to the Site Head. HOW YOU'LL FLY

  • Develop, drive and support implementation of the site vision for operational excellence
  • Advance the design and implementation of a cross-functional management system, focused on identifying KPIs, visual controls for tracking their performance on a daily basis, and rapidly taking action based upon that performance.
  • Provide subject matter expertise in structured problem solving & root cause analysis, leading complex investigations and teaching/coaching others in problem solving methodology.
  • Build capabilities and lead execution of OE application support, including 5S, Leader Standard Work, Visual Controls, Risk Management, Change Management, Value Stream Mapping, and Strategy Deployment
  • Develop, drive and support implementation of the site vision for operational excellence
  • Advance the design and implementation of a cross-functional management system, focused on identifying KPIs, visual controls for tracking their performance on a daily basis, and rapidly taking action based upon that performance.
  • Provide subject matter expertise in structured problem solving & root cause analysis, leading complex investigations and teaching/coaching others in problem solving methodology.
  • Build capabilities and lead execution of OE application support, including 5S, Leader Standard Work, Visual Controls, Risk Management, Change Management, Value Stream Mapping, Strategy Deployment, and Continuous Improvement Processes.
  • Facilitate team meetings (site tier, operational readiness, project specific, etc.) using meeting management best practices to drive cross-functional communication, timely and effective decision making, and successful execution of project objectives.
  • Develop and maintain integrated site project plans to identify/communicate interdependencies as well as critical path activities for start-up and tech transfer
  • As needed by project scope, provide direction and oversight for project manager/scheduler to maintain the integrated site schedule.
  • Owner of system for tracking site project deliverable schedule adherence, tracking root causes of schedule delays and mitigation actions.
  • Effectively communicate with team members, senior leaders and key stakeholders on the status, objectives, risks, and mitigation plans associated with projects, as well as ensure team members are aware of integrated project timelines.--
  • Draft and issue routine sitewide and above site communication with updates on status of start-up and tech transfers.
  • Manage a project portfolio that aligns with the strategic objectives of the site. (Multiple Tech Transfers, Commercial and Clinical, Capital projects, OE Improvements)
  • As a member of the Site Leadership Team, provide input, strategic direction and facilitation of periodic site strategy forums.
  • Lead scenario analyses for new initiatives and changes that impact the integrated start-up and tech transfer schedule.
  • Develop and maintain a site risk register to ensure risks are prioritized, communicated and mitigated effectively.
  • Facilitate and/or own risk assessments required for facility start-up and tech transfer." WHAT YOU'LL BRING
    • BS in a scientific discipline with 8+ years of industry experience
    • Experience working in commercial and clinical GMP manufacturing
    • Lean Six Sigma certification or equivalent is strongly preferred, with a track record of implementing systems, problem solving and continuous improvement.
    • Experience with a new facility startup and/or process technology transfers--
    • Strong cross-functional knowledge of systems and operational requirements across Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Facilities/Maintenance, Engineering, MSAT, EH&S and IT
    • Expert knowledge and proficiency of MS Project, MS Visio, and the Microsoft Office Suite
    • Must be willing to have a flexible schedule to support 24x7 manufacturing activities. The role will be based in Durham, NC. Travel to Cambridge, MA, is expected to be All our birds embrace the principles of the bluebird bio culture: b colorful, b cooperative, b yourself. bluebird bio is deeply committed to fostering an environment where diversity and inclusion are not only valued, but prioritized. We believe a diverse and inclusive community empowers us to act courageously, care deeply, and dream boldly to impact people in big ways. Diverse viewpoints bring diverse capabilities which strengthen our focus and fuel our growth. bluebird is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create a welcoming and diverse environment. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other applicable legally protected characteristics. U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Information (Completion is voluntary) Individuals seeking employment at bluebird bio are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. You are being given the opportunity to provide the following information in order to help us comply with federal and state Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action record keeping, reporting, and other legal requirements. Completion of the form is entirely voluntary. Whatever your decision, it will not be considered in the hiring process or thereafter. Any information that you do provide will be recorded and maintained in a confidential file. Gender Are you Hispanic/Latino? Race & Ethnicity Definitions If you believe you belong to any of the categories of protected veterans listed below, please indicate by making the appropriate selection. As a government contractor subject to Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), we request this information in order to measure the effectiveness of the outreach and positive recruitment efforts we undertake pursuant to VEVRAA. Classification of protected categories is as follows: A "disabled veteran" is one of the following: a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability. 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We are a federal contractor or subcontractor required by law to provide equal employment opportunity to qualified people with disabilities. We are also required to measure our progress toward having at least 7% of our workforce be individuals with disabilities. To do this, we must ask applicants and employees if they have a disability or have ever had a disability. Because a person may become disabled at any time, we ask all of our employees to update their information at least every five years. Identifying yourself as an individual with a disability is voluntary, and we hope that you will choose to do so. Your answer will be maintained confidentially and not be seen by selecting officials or anyone else involved in making personnel decisions. Completing the form will not negatively impact you in any way, regardless of whether you have self-identified in the past. For more information about this form or the equal employment obligations of federal contractors under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, visit the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at www.dol.gov/ofccp . How do you know if you have a disability? You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition. Disabilities include, but are not limited to:
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