Process Improvement Manager

EMEA, Netherlands, Netherlands

Minimum Level of Education Required: Bachelors Degree

Percentage of Travel: Up to 25%

Location: Netherlands

Ref#: 17014

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Job Description

Process Improvement Manager prioritizes and drives performance improvements that will have the tangible and large impact on the business results and on delivering operational excellence to customers, by challenging the status quo, coaching, and embedding a mindset of continuous improvement to achieve performance excellence.


You are responsible for:

- Leading Business Excellence and Operational Lean initiatives at Nuvasive International sites

- Supporting the business in resolving issues, using the known lean and 6S tools and the CI methodology, Kaizen events and 6S projects as a way to improve Quality, Delivery, Cost and Inventory

- Ensuring the kaizen events – 6S projects are properly planned / executed / sustained

- Providing organization leadership, project management direction and training in areas that need improvement

- Developing Lean End-2-End strategies in support of operational excellence

- Conducting training in skills including value stream mapping, Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA), removing waste within processes, cycle time reduction, cost reduction, quality and reliability improvement.

- Utilizing Six Sigma and Lean methodologies to reduce variation and increase stability in existing products and processes.

- Training, leading and directing process improvement teams.

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s  or Masters Degree in and engineering or scientific related field. (MBA is preferred)
  • Six Sigma Black Belt training and certification: Business Excellence Process Leader and Lean Champion
  • Minimum 10 years' experience in a similar capacity
  • Prior experience implementing lean practices in a Medical Device Industry or complex distribution organizations required
  • Understanding statistical analysis tools and methodology applicable to process improvement activities
  • Strong understanding of Quality standards, laws and regulations
  • Strong written and verbal and cross cultural communication skills
  • Strong analytical and conceptual skills
  • Must be able to travel to support business meetings and audits: travel around 25% will be required.
Preferred Qualifications
NuVasive is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. The “EEO is the Law” poster options are available here.

About NuVasive
NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA) is the leader in spine technology innovation, focused on transforming spine surgery and beyond with minimally invasive, procedurally-integrated solutions designed to deliver reproducible and clinically-proven surgical outcomes.The Company’s portfolio includes access instruments, implantable hardware, biologics, software systems for surgical planning, navigation and imaging solutions, magnetically adjustable implant systems for spine and orthopedics, and intraoperative monitoring service offerings. With $962 million in revenues (2016), NuVasive has an approximate 2,300 person workforce in more than 40 countries serving surgeons, hospitals and patients. For more information, please visit
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