Global Process Transformation  – R&D and New Products Focus

Completed Project

Global Process Change Manager - Travel 75%

About the job

A new central global strategy is ready to be deployed to transform innovation and new product delivery across multiple business units with non-standard legacy systems and templates. 

The new manager: 

  • Will understand and actively participate in this key transformation functional management role. The position is a team lead role based out of the Swiss EMEA offices.

  • Have a good experience and actual project and implementation leadership to co-ordinate, execute and report on strategic PLM SAP, configuration and other activities or initiatives across multiple business units including manufacturing inside and outside Europe.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Drive alignment of process decisions for the EMEA and global process PLM / ERP templates.
  • Bring best practice into the process design, customisation and option solution delivery work to help drive transformational change.
  • Secure business acceptance, adoption and continued application of process changes.
  • Identify and analyse issues, risks and actively propose actions or possible solutions.
  • Ensure any proposed solution is integrated cross functionally successfully with reference to other business unit areas.
  • Define target KPIs for local business units, plants based on an EMEA or Global target (singular and group break down to site level)
  • Assist with evaluation and selection of new team members as or when required.

Desired Skills and Experience

It is important that anyone applying for this role has the following:

  • An understanding of engineering in the context of R&D, prototyping, program or similar.

  • Exposure to instrument, life science or pharma manufacturing

  • Engineered product or industrial design work with CATIA or ProEngineer.

  • A successful record of Engineering Team Lead or Project Management in the context of a multi-site change program.

  • Proven ability to build fast new networks in a matrix organisation

  • Strong inter-personal skills with concise and clear communication skills 

  • Experience of any ERP, SAP, PLM or interfacing change or integration project within R&D, CAD, ProEngineer, Creo, CATIA V5 or similar.

  • Project Interface, SAP, PLM and other software areas of work

  • Knowledge of the V model, systems models and other tools outside SAP PLM

  • Demonstrable successful change management project performance on an international basis and using online conferencing tools and remote team leadership, influence and results achievement.

  • Project lead, team management experience for a minimum of 5yrs.

  • A minimum of 10 years working experience after studies.

  • Fluent written and spoken English and German or French to a business negotiation level.

  • A BSc or MSc in Engineering with some study in Mechanical Engineering. An MBA, Prince 2, FMEA or PMP or similar additional qualifications desired.

Important – ALL applicants must be located in Europe to support relocation.


Application and Interview

Interview Process:

  • First Interview – Global Change Senior Project Manager and HR 
  • Second interview – Panel interview video conference / Zoom – MS
  • Third Interview – HR and IT Director 
  • Final Interview – HR, Global Change Project Owner, Director R&D 

Candidate Hired

  • Candidate – Located in Alsace Biovalley, 15 years work experience – introduced and led PLM to global manufacturer, BOM specialist in  Accenture. Medtech 5yrs before move.   
  • Salary – 5% above upper limit for grade 
  • Project go live to candidate start – 192 days because of candidate 3 month notice period which had to be fulfilled.

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