AbbVie Pharmacyclics Senior Manager, Operational Excellence in Sunnyvale, California

Senior Manager, Operational Excellence

Location: Sunnyvale, CA

# of Openings: 1


Pharmacyclics is an AbbVie company focused on developing and commercializing innovative small-molecule therapies for the treatment of certain cancers and immune-mediated diseases. Our hope is that we can change or improve the standard of care for the disease areas we treat or study to continually advance cancer care for patients. Pharmacyclics and its partner Janssen Biotech, developed and commercialize IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib), a first-in-class, oral, once-daily therapy that inhibits a protein called Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK). BTK is a key signaling molecule in the B-cell receptor that plays an important role in the survival and spread of malignant B cells. IMBRUVICA blocks signals that tell malignant B cells to multiply and spread uncontrollably. To date, more than 65,000 patients around the world have been treated with IMBRUVICA in clinical practice and clinical trials. The IMBRUVICA clinical development program is one of the most robust for a single molecule in the industry with nearly 30 company sponsored trials underway, 14 of which are Phase 3. In addition, there are more than 100 investigator-sponsored ibrutinib trials taking place around the world. Pharmacyclics is in Sunnyvale, California, in Silicon Valley.

Pharmacyclics is looking for aSenior Manager in Operational Excellencewho is an expert in continuous improvement processes who is a key driver and supports all facets of Operational Excellence activities within Pharmacyclics Finance and Infrastructure. He/she directly supports Finance with focus on Procure to Pay process transformation and standardization by managing Operational Excellence projects, building, and promoting the capabilities of Operational Excellence’s multiple organizational levels and ensuring process standards are consistently applied. The primary role will be leading projects and initiatives to generate companywide process improvements and simplification to lead to business scalability. If you are looking for an inspiring, challenging, and fast paced working environment with excellent career perspectives, welcome to Pharmacyclics!

Typical duties/responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Co-responsible to develop, implement and for development and implementation of Operational Excellence projects and initiatives including Continuous Improvement, Change Management, Project Management Office, and Training

  • Utilize LEAN tools to develop and implement initiatives that drive gains in efficiency, improve processes and overall quality to facilitate implementation of standard processes, methods, and tools to deliver results in process standardization

  • Continuously provide leadership, management, and organization with Process Performance Measurement to enable end to end process evaluation and execution

  • Generating performance enhancing insights from data

  • The role is a key member of the Operational Excellence team and is expected to play a broad and impactful role in enhancing the delivery of Procure to Pay and F&I productivity and scalability

  • Co-responsible for development and implementation of Operational Excellence projects including Continuous Improvement, Change Management, Project Management Office, and Training

  • Support deployment of initiatives, tools, frameworks, and methodologies in the PTP workstream including process governance and LKU communities

  • Use OpEx principles, tools, methods, and techniques, in direct support of achieving F&I and

  • PTP business goals, improving performance, and increasing efficiency and productivity via process standardization

  • Serve as a liaison between the various cross-functional groups and F&I management to co-develop and implement the various projects and process improvements initiatives

  • Provides technical and business guidance on improvement projects to provide a continuous pipeline of improvement activities to meet the site’s annual goals and objectives

  • Use project management and continuous improvement tools to develop mechanisms for monitoring overall program progress and to coordinate and drive the operational aspects of the various projects through implementation

  • Act both as Project Management Officer as the project manager / delivery manager

  • Provide process and technical support in all phases of process improvement project implementation

  • Coordinate PTP communication, change management and training with internal and external stakeholders

  • Develop key relationships with functional leaders, key stakeholders, local key users, and Subject Matter Experts to promote the deployment of improvement initiatives and adoption to change

  • Implement and publish PTP key performance metrics and dashboards

  • Works with leadership across the F&I organization to identify and prioritize initiatives and develop plans to implement

Requirements/ Qualifications

  • BA/BS in Finance or Accounting as advantage

  • 5+ years plus of industry or consulting experience in internal controls, project management and / or process optimization

  • Excellent Governance skills, execution leadership, process improvement and change leadership skills

  • Ability to set up change programmes and direct managers to successfully deliver project key millstones Understanding of organizational dynamics and processes

  • Proven ability to coordinate and implement process end-to-end and continuous improvement

  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities, establish clear expectations and execute identified projects

  • Experience in the areas of process optimization, change management and process management

  • Strong influencing and relationship skills

  • Excellent root case problem solving and process mapping skills

  • Strong computer, proficient in Microsoft Office specially Excel, PowerPoint and Visio

  • Ability to liaise with, speak and present effectively to personnel at all levels of the organization

  • Proven ability to work with cross-functional teams

  • Hands-on experience of training and coaching others to support process standardization

  • Solution driven personality, dedicated to finding pragmatic solutions to complex problems

  • Strong communication and relationship management skills, able to influence without direct authority

  • Previous experience in the areas of PTP process management/optimization, PMO, risk management

  • Up to 0-15% travel time

  • No direct reports but will manage contractors, temporary workers and/or consultant as required

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