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Specialist Operations

Philadelphia, PA

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The Manufacturing Operations Specialist is assigned to a product manufacturing team and partners with the Operations Managers in coordinating maintenance activities and ensuring the manufacturing area is operating at peak efficiency. 

Reporting to the Associate Director of Operations or Operations Manager, the Operations Specialist's primary responsibility will be to help facilitate day to day production and support of operations. He/she will partner with the area Manager to assist with shop floor management

This position will require off-shift or weekend coverage based on business unit needs and specific assignments. The Operations Specialist has the opportunity to develop into a manager with a rapidly growing pharmaceutical manufacturer

  • Assists Operations manager in execution of duties
  • Delivers operational improvements on key business projects, including updating weekly metrics and deliverables
  • Promote a culture of continuous improvement and challenging the status quo
  • Complete documentation of deviation events
  • Complete production batch record review (post- Production)
  • Coach and provide oversight on shop floor to identify potential issues before they arise and prevent deviations
  • Ownership of the Leader's standardized work process which prioritizes resolution of issues from the shop floor and drives resolution through 8-step problem Solving and other Lean tools.
  • Collaborate with peers on global teams to ensure a positive learning organization, alignment of strategy and sharing of best practices
  • Mentor others on effective communication and active listening techniques to fully understand needs and expectations
  • Assist the operations team and shop floor with defining the requirements of the electronic batch record and successful execution

Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in Science, Engineering, Business Administration, or another technical field 


  • High School Diploma/GED with four (4) years of relevant experience in manufacturing or military service

Required Experience and Skills: 

  • Willing and able to work off-shifts and weekends as needed

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Demonstrated record of successfully working in team environments and influencing people with a broad range of skills and experience. 
  • Performance mindset to drive and influence behaviors on the floor
  • Self-motivation, ambition, resilience, and confidence in taking a risk
  • Lean, Six Sigma problem solving skills coupled with a continuous improvement mindset
  • Ability to prioritize, focus on and obtain business results
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Technical writing experience related to procedures and investigations
  • SAP, MES, and DeltaV experience is an advantage

Shift and Hours

  • Work a minimum of 18 months on 2nd shift (4PM to 12:30AM) - Sunday to Thursday
  • Work off-shift or weekends


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss this in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated.

Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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U.S. Hybrid Work Model

Effective September 5, 2023, employees in office-based positions in the U.S. will be working a Hybrid work consisting of three total days on-site per week, generally Tuesday, Wednesday and either Monday or Thursday, although the specific days may vary by site or organization, with Friday designated as a remote-working day, unless business critical tasks require an on-site presence. 

This Hybrid work model does not apply to, and daily in-person attendance is required for, field-based positions; facility-based, manufacturing-based, or research-based positions where the work to be performed is located at a Company site; positions covered by a collective-bargainingagreement (unless the agreement provides for hybrid work); or any other position for which the Company has determined the job requirements cannot be reasonably met working remotely. Please note, this Hybrid work model guidance also does not apply to roles that have been designated as “remote”.

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Employee Status: Regular

Relocation: No relocation

VISA Sponsorship: No

Travel Requirements: No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements: Not Applicable

Shift: 2nd - Evening

Valid Driving License: Yes

Hazardous Material(s): N/A

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