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Continuous Improvement Specialist - Black Belt

Req ID:  39097

Tranent, ELN, GB, EH33 2NE

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

In this role you will work with managers and teams to identify, prioritise and deliver continuous improvement projects across the Edinburgh sites and divisions, using Lean Six Sigma (LSS) and other Project Management methodologies.

  • Identify process improvement opportunities which eliminate waste, improve the customer experience, increase quality and enhance financial results.
  • Lead site resources carrying out projects to solve business issues and implement solutions using LSS problem solving and/or Project Management methodologies.
  • Maintain projects on-time, managing expectations and risk, and calculating post-implementation benefits.
  • Identify and train new Green Belts, and mentor both new and certified Green Belts.
  • Analyse processes and data and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Influence and effectively interact with all levels within the business.
  • Network with experts at Edinburgh and other sites to establish and share best practices.
  • Serve as a change agent, build and motivate teams and foster positive relationships with and between team members.
  • Influence the organisation by promoting the use of the Lean Six Sigma methods and mindset.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

You should:

  • Have experience of process improvement, applying LSS and/or project management methodologies.
  • Be able to innovate, effectively lead teams and communicate at all levels.
  • Be computer literate and proficient with Windows applications.
  • Be comfortable with mathematical and basic financial concepts, ideally with a graduate degree in a scientific subject.

About Safety Assessment
Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market.  Each year approximately 120 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.


About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges.  Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world.


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 80% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2017.


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