Lubrizol Continuous Improvement Manager, Medical Polymers in Wilmington, Massachusetts01887

Continuous Improvement Manager, Medical Polymers

Req ID: 26761

Lubrizol, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers’ products while reducing their environmental impact. Lubrizol produces and supplies technologies to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, and additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care and personal care products and pharmaceuticals, and specialty materials, including plastics technology and performance coatings in the form of resins and additives.

The Medical polymers improvement manager focus is creating a Center of Excellence manufacturing team that provides leadership, best practices, and training. A key measurement of success will be to transform the work areas within the site so it is recognized as best in class by our customers for polymer manufacturing that supports the Medical industry. This role reports directly to the Wilmington Plant Manager and indirectly (dotted line) to the LLS Operations Director.

Key Accountabilities:

• Improving Medical Polymers KPI’s that include: Quality measures (First time Prime and Raw Material Efficiencies, customer complaints), service measures (on time shipments) and financial objectives (Non-working slow moving inventory and claims).

• Deliver against expectations on future stage for Medical areas as it relates to cGMP, Housekeeping, cleanliness, etc.

• Main point of contact between the LLS business partners and the Wilmington facility

Main Responsibilities

  1. Maintain a culture of excellence in execution, continuous improvement, and communication within medical polymer production work areas. Take an outside looking in perspective and define quality from the customers’ perspective who buy our medical polymers.

  2. Provide leadership regarding project prioritization, process validations, and continuous improvement activities. Act as a SME and leverage understanding of Industry leading best practices and connect with key stakeholders in order to gain support of continuous improvement initiatives.

  3. Manage and drive improvement quality standards, resolve technical related issues and improve manufacturing procedures, processes, monitoring and measurement activities

  4. Continuously review and drive operation improvements with regards to production set up and layout of equipment and general work areas.

  5. Continue to develop, implement, train and monitor effectiveness of process systems and procedures to ensure compliance to GMP and all other applicable agency regulations.

  6. Execution of validation protocols as instructed for cleaning processes, equipment qualification and processes/products. Coordinate and monitor inspection activities.

  7. Drive compliant behavior within the Quality Management System for Medical polymer products including audit support, evaluation of non-conformities, support of investigations, and execution of Corrective Actions / Preventive Actions (CAPA). End-to-end ownership across the entire CAPA cycle from non-compliance to investigations to Corrective/Preventative.

  8. Employ strong process disciplines by creating repeatable processes within the production areas.

  9. Ensure adequacy and compliance of dedicated, environmentally, climate controlled areas that manufacture medical polymers; ensure clean work areas that are free of contaminants (includes airborne) and spills. Oversee safety, cleanliness and organization of department.


  1. Bachelor’s degree (Operations Management, Engineering or other technical discipline)

  2. Minimum of 5-10 years of experience in manufacturing or related operations is required with of direct supervision of employees required preferably in a medical device environment.

  3. Experience within a Good Manufacturing Practices and/or ISO regulated manufacturing environment is required; ISO9001 or as an engineer in a medical device or pharmaceutical industry preferred. Working knowledge of Quality Systems Regulation (QSR) requirements and associated risk assessment for medical devices preferred.

  4. Experience with environmentally, and climate controlled environment is preferred.

  5. Experience with CAPA process and implementation.

  6. Demonstrated strong project management skills is preferred. The ability to lead and facilitate project improvements is preferred.

  7. Advanced understanding and working knowledge of Six Sigma/Process Excellence Tools is required. Six Sigma Training and/or Certification are preferred.

While headquartered in the United States, Lubrizol is truly a global specialty chemical company. We have a major presence in five global regions and do business in more than 100 countries. Our corporate culture ensures that Lubrizol is one company throughout the world, but you will find each region is a unique place to work, live and play.

Lubrizol is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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