Jobbörse für life scientists

Director of Operations (m/f/d)

Our customer is an independent international aesthetics and neurotoxin company with its own research and development activities. Headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, the family-owned firm with a 100 year-plus history has a direct presence in 28 countries with approximately 3,000 employees worldwide. Due to continous growth we are looking to fill the position of Director of Operations HA-Filler site Dessau (m/w/d)

Role Focus:           

Overall management, direction and coordination of production operations on Dessau site for fillers. Lead and be responsible for the plant activities, responsibility for manufacturing operations where objective is to fulfill sales demand at the optimum service levels (capacity, output, productivity and quality). The Director of Operations is in charge of team management, resources, safety, equipment and their maintenance, budget and quality of the products.

Key Activities & Accountabilities:

Reporting to the Head of Global HA manufacturing centers, the job holder is responsible for manufacturing operations on site where objective is to fulfill sales demand at the optimum service levels to improve the efficiency and profitability of the plant while delivering customer value. Job holder is part of the Global HA manufacturing centers management team to support strategy development and deployment.

Tasks and responsibilities (not limited to): 

  • Develop and optimize manufacturing capacity and infrastructure in accordance with the strategy defined by Global HA filler manufacturing centers organization in order to meet the present and future demands of the marketplace as defined by the sales forecast and the Business Plan.
  • Manage/develop manufacturing plant budgets (OPEX/CAPEX) in association with finance team and manage resources to operate within budget. (Resources to fit with demand planning)
  • Maximize assets utilization and their performances with the optimized resources in order to follow market needs and reduce operational costs. Optimize utilities uses related to cost by syringes.
  • Become world class manufacturing with products, services and results by continuously improving effectiveness and efficiency in all operational processes
  • Optimize manufacturing constraints in order to ensure a smooth flow of products and data in order to gain competitive advantage in the value chain by lean project (green belt, kaizen,…) or automation
  • Define, build, monitor and analyze Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and scorecard to drive progresses (continuous improvement process) in the plant and activate the needed action plans
  • Coordinate Process Transfers into production in collaboration with RD and PPD team (Product/Process Dev)
  • Establish shared services; allocate resources across local and Global HA filler centers network to fit with projects needs within the matrix organization.
  • Develop collaborative tasks and shared information with the other sites included in the global HA filler centers organization.
  • Ensure products availability in line with demand Mgt and in the respect of the good manufacturing practices (GMPs).
  • Perform annual appraisals of direct reports and ensure that staff training needs are met for all employees in collaboration with local HR team.
  • Support all Investigation for any incidents, accidents or complaints in collaboration with QA team.
  • Promote “customer focus “philosophy by strengthening quality of products, processes and services.
  • Create trust (coaching, training, delegation, listen to) and integrity in instilling culture change, recognizing performances and encouraging a responsible behavior and plant goals achievement to fit with the HA global manufacturing centers strategy.
  • Promote an atmosphere of open, appropriate and accurate communication in order to enhance the company culture and contribute to the company’s global efficiency
  • Ensure that health & safety German regulations are followed
  • Ensure that GMP are followed
  • Represent production sites during inspections and audits
  • Minimize the ecological impacts and risks of activities according to cost/benefit of measures
  • Establish shared services; allocate resources across local and Global HA filler centers network to fit with projects needs within the matrix organization.

Authorities / Has authorities to:

  • Release manufacturing batches to be transferred to Quality Manufacturing for QA release
  • Decide of immediate actions to be taken following deviations
  • Validate trainings and holidays of direct reports
  • Select or refuse to hire people in the frame of the budget in alignment with Head of global HA manufacturing centers

Does not have authority to:

  • QA Release semi-finished and finished products

Qualifications & Experience

  • With an engineer background in technical operations, successful experience in managing a manufacturing unit, ideally in the medical device field or pharmaceutical clean room environment
  • About 10 years experiences in manufacturing management
  • Good knowledge of a manufacturing unit to be able to implement a continuous improvement by lean programs, 6 sigma tools
  • Good knowledge of ISO13485 – 21 CFR 820 – standards and GMPs
  • Rational and open minded, dynamic and pro-active, well organized
  • Good knowledge of usual IT tools( Excel, word, Powerpoint )
  • Fluent English and German, French is a bonus

Are you interested in this challanging position? Then please contact us and send your CV to:

Dr. Andrea Sandmöller, Tel. +49 (0)172 3546586

By providing your application documents you agree that we save and store them according to GDPR regulations.

More Information

Share this job
Company Information
  • Total Jobs 25 Jobs
  • Kategorie Private Company
  • Region D-Germany
  • Full Address Wiesbaden
  • Branche Executive Search life sciences
  • Foto credits (c) NOTCHDELTA


health, environmental and food sector, agriculture and forestry, pharmaceuticals, resource and environmental management, etc. All branches in a life science context.


Management, Research & Development, Sales, Administration, – all positions, which request know-how in bio-sciences.

fields of competences

Biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, data sciences, environmental technology, environmental science, food technology, forestry, agriculture, life sciences, mathematics, medicine, medical engineering, microbiology, molecular biology, natural sciences, nutritional sciences, pharmaceuticals, physics, psychology, statistics, resource and environmental management , process engineering, veterinary medicine, and comparable


life-science Karriere Services
T: +43 (0)699 111 600 18
Wien / Vienna – Austria

>>> inprint

>>> privacy policy