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Head of Manufacturing Engineering at SHL Medical

Head of Manufacturing Engineering

SHL Medical Charleston, SC (On Site) Full-Time

SHL Medical is the world-leading solution provider in the design, development, and manufacturing of advanced drug delivery systems with more than 5000 employees worldwide. Our customers include top pharmaceutical and biotech companies from around the globe that require innovative devices such as auto-injectors or pen injectors to effectively deliver their drugs. Headquartered in Switzerland since late 2018, with sites in Sweden, Taiwan, and the United States.

Job Overview

In this position you are responsible for the Manufacturing Engineering group within our Global Operations Engineering team at our new state-of-the-art device manufacturing facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Main Responsibilities

  • Lead development of a detailed manufacturing excellence strategy for the site
  • Establish a strong collaboration with Production, Supply Chain, Quality and Development leadership to deliver operational results and to ensure efficient, timely and sustainable resolution of complex technical issues in day-to-day production operation
  • Is responsible for leading a local team of manufacturing experts, building a team of creative, industrious individuals who will thrive in an environment of advancing manufacturing strategies
  • Responsible for the technical and professional development of the team and ensuring the requisite resources and skill sets are available and developed to meet current and future business needs.
  • Oversight and leadership of activities of a technical/automated manufacturing nature involving the analysis and modification of manufacturing methods.
  • Provides the necessary technical support and coordination of equipment and process design, development, build, installation, commissioning/validation and sustaining to world class O.E.E.
  • Working with Manufacturing and Logistics Managers to identify opportunities for efficiency improvements and CAPEX projects to support the growth of the business.
  • Partnering with R&D on new product introductions with a view to launching advanced manufacturing processes & automation while meeting the needs & timelines for customer focus
  • Ensure that automated manufacturing, continuous improvement and CAPEX programs are completed on time and on budget.
  • Assume the role of technical & cultural mentor for various functions.
  • Will monitor and control progress of work ensuring sound application of principles, delivery to strategic intent and the appropriate use of practices and tools.
  • Develop a local support and competence network of partnership across the organisation and industry to enhance understanding of delivery of CI, Digitalization, Automation & Manufacturing Excellence.
  • Advocate of Industry 4.0 and Future Factory Initiatives, bias towards ‘future-proofing’ the site by introducing automated processes and systems leveraging current and emerging technologies to keep pace with ever-changing business requirements

Skills and Qualification

  • Degree in Engineering, Science or similar education/experience
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant industry experience in medical device development, engineering and/or manufacturing, with several years at a manufacturing site
  • Minimum 5 years of management experience in a relevant position
  • Solid understanding of relevant production processes and systems, i.e. injection molding, metal/spring forming, automated assembly and packaging
  • Solid understanding and experience with regulations and procedures applicable to medical device development/manufacture
  • Previous experience with development and manufacture of autoinjectors / drug delivery devices is preferred
  • Digitalization and automation experience / exposure required. Sound capability to understand concepts and approaches in facilitating strong leadership expected.
  • Process and/or equipment qualification and validation experience
  • Experience in executing complex problem-solving techniques related to design/process/technical issues. Advanced knowledge of common problem-solving and Root Cause Analysis (RCA) methodologies
  • Must be highly organized and disciplined and be able to demonstrate their ability to meet deadlines. Demonstrated Initiative & applied knowledge of project management tools and methodology.
  • Proven track record in leading and developing a team of highly skilled and specialized experts
  • Passionate & committed self-starter with “can do” attitude, team player and taking responsibility to get the job done
  • Able to work under pressure to achieve short-term targets without compromising long-term objectives
  • Willingness to work from/relocate to Charleston, South Carolina is required.
  • Willingness to initially spend an extended period in our facility in Taiwan for induction/training is a plus
  • Demonstrated leadership, interpersonal, influencing, verbal/written communication and presentation skills, with the proven ability to teach and coach others. Must be comfortable presenting at all levels of the organization.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by and employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds.

We Offer

  • Competitive compensation package
  • Modern working environment with state-of-the-art facilities and technologies
  • Challenging assignments in a fast growing and innovative industry
  • Position in a dynamic, international team of highly skilled professionals
  • Various opportunities for personal and professional development within a global organization

Interested in joining SHL Medical and in supporting us with your expertise and personality? Then we look forward to receiving your application including your CV, motivation letter, and all other relevant documents via the Easy Apply button or directly to [ Email address blocked ] - Click here to apply to Head of Manufacturing Engineering.

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