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Terumo Cardiovascular, Elkton - Manager, Operational Excellence

August 17, 2020 11:00 AM | Joyce La Padula (Administrator)

At Terumo Cardiovascular, we develop, manufacture and distribute medical devices for cardiac and vascular surgery with an emphasis on cardiopulmonary bypass, intra-operative monitoring and vascular grafting. This includes a full-line of perfusion products, endoscopic vessel harvesting products and surgical stabilization products.

Our mission is to work as a team to save one more life, today and every day. We do this by providing lifesaving technology to cardiac surgery teams around the world.

This position will have responsibility for Operational Excellence work streams and will help lead the organizationÕs capability in knowledge and understanding of metrics and measurements which impact the total performance of the organization. This position is responsible for leading the investigation, planning, and implementation of the more complex improvements in and/or additions to current products and manufacturing processes that directly affects safety, quality and productivity. As the scope of this initiative is plant-wide, you will collaborate with all functions and departments, at all levels, as well as other sites.

1. In all actions, demonstrates a primary commitment to patient safety and product quality by maintaining compliance to the Quality Policy and all other documented quality processes and procedures.

2. Ensure that the Operational Excellence methodology is utilized to drive sustainable manufacturing and business process improvements that optimize capacity, reduce lead-time, minimize inventories, maximize fill-rates, process flow, and productivity.

3. Monitor and control programs, identify issues and ensure they are resolved.

4. Initiate lead and champion lean projects, i.e., Lean Production, Lean Support, with the Production, Process Development, Manufacturing Engineering and support functions, and work with local management to help create the Lean Vision for the plant.

5. Lead facility layout and design projects with the Process development, Engineering and the Production, Facilities and Manufacturing Teams. This includes creating designs, updating drawings, process flows, & Value Stream Maps that clarify and/or resolve relevant operational issues.

6. Provide engineering expertise to identify and lead value improvement and waste elimination projects for the manufacturing and overhead areas that drive plant and company performance improvements while championing the development and advancement of the lean culture within the organization.

7. In conjunction with the Site/functional staff and change management teams, translate these strategic imperatives into specific projects, measures, and timelines that will drive execution.

8. Develops an implementation plan, conducts risk assessments and develops contingency plans to accommodate unforeseen events. Recognizes and removes barriers to project completion. Recognizes the broader implications of actions and proposals on the overall business. Support production in the creation of visual staffing plans, lean deployment, and standard work sequencing and production task time adherence.

9. Assign, delegate and assist in the completion of engineering tasks or projects to engineers.

10. Responsible for leading projects of varied scope, which include overseeing the department Associates in the implementation of new or modified equipment, products, or processes.

11. Participates in project performance team meetings in order to provide ideas, methods, or processes for performance improvement.

12. Utilizes the systems and processes in place to attract, develop, engage, train and retain talented Associates; creating a work environment where Associates can realize their full potential, thus allowing the organization to meet business needs.

13. Performs other duties as assigned.


Requires a four-year college degree in Industrial or Process Engineering or related field and eight years of experience in medical device Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering and/or Sustaining Engineering with a minimum of three years supervisory experience. Advanced degree (MS) is preferred with a minimum of six years of experience in medical device Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering and/or Sustaining Engineering with a minimum of three years supervisory experience.


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