B. Braun

Sr OpEx Specialist

Requisition ID
B. Braun Medical Inc
# of Openings
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
8am to 5pm
Allentown, PA


With a nationwide sales team and several manufacturing locations, B. Braun Medical has become a leading full-line supplier of healthcare products and services in the U.S. The company is committed to delivering innovative products and services with unmatched quality, superior technology, and cost-effectiveness, while maintaining environmental responsibility. Through its "Sharing Expertise®" initiative, B. Braun promotes best practices for continuous improvement of healthcare products and services. B. Braun employs over 4,500 people in the USA. B. Braun Medical Inc. began its operations in the USA in 1957. Initially, the company manufactured and sold disposable plastic syringes. During the 1980s and early 1990s, the company undertook several expansions and enlarged its product line of disposable medical devices. With the acquisition of McGaw, Inc. in 1997, including Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, Inc. (CAPS®), B. Braun dramatically broadened its product lines and services to U.S. customers.


U.S. Facilities and Operations:


Supporting product sales are a network of nationwide marketing and manufacturing locations. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is home to the U.S. Corporate Headquarters along with the marketing offices of the Hospital, Outpatient Markets (OPM), Renal Therapies, Vascular Interventional, International, and OEM Divisions. Central Admixture Pharmacy Services, Inc.(CAPS®) is also managed from this location. The nearby Allentown, Pennsylvania, facility manufactures Needle-free products, IV Safety Catheters, Anesthesia Systems, Introducers, Pharmacy Admixture products. Vascular products including Right Heart Catheters and Interventional Accessories are also manufactured in Allentown. The Irvine, California facility produces IV Solutions, Basic and Specialty Nutrition, Drug Delivery, and BTC products. Infusion Pump Systems are manufactured in Carrollton, Texas and IV administration and IV and Irrigation sets are produced in the Dominican Republic.


Position Summary:

Contributes and support goals of Operations to continuously improve productivity, improve quality of products and services and reduce lead time. Provide technical and training assistance to the business units in the implementation of CORE initiatives. Acts as a champion of Lean Manufacturing to on product quality, reducing waste, reducing error, and decrease the cost of operation.

Responsibilities: Essential Duties

  • Analyzes current work methods and processes and identifies opportunities to implement common processes & best demonstrated practices
  • Serves as a change agent. Provides leadership, coaching, and training in Lean thinking, Lean production. Helps disseminate lean thinking and industry information throughout the organization. Attends Lean seminars and Lean events to promote personal and organizational development. Recognizes Lean contributors throughout the organization.
  • Supports process integration of continuous improvement, improves the manufacturing process by understanding, measuring, charting and reducing the variations in the process that have a negative impact on the process and the product. Drive standardization and consistency of approach.
  • Facilitates Continuous Improvement interventions (KAIZEN events), activities and employee involvement teams throughout the organization.
  • Measures and analyzes current state and the results of changes made, with the objective of sustaining and continually building upon improvement.
  • Assures that predicted savings and other financial benefits are tracked, validated, reported, and applied to organization’s operating results.
  • Creates and maintains visual management to sustain gains for stakeholders.
  • Coordinates training of personnel in Lean philosophy, Lean tools and other improvement approaches aligned to CORE
  • Communicates project status and issues to all levels of management.
  • Assists Business Units to eliminate waste and improve processes with targets, objectives and schedules consistent with strategic analysis and plans; coordinate Business Unit Lean savings plans, goals and objectives.
  • Analyzes and plans workforce utilization, space requirements, workflow, and designs layout of workspace based on lean principles.

Expertise: Knowledge & Skills

  • Lean methods/tools such as; 6S, Kaizen, Standard Work, Setup Reduction, Shop Floor Management, Visual Management, Daily Accountability, Gemba Walks, Root Cause Analysis, Kanban / Pull Systems
  • Advanced Lean methods/tools such as; Cellular Manufacturing Principles, Lean Leadership and Line Balancing
  • Knowledge and expertise of FMEA and TPM
  • Expertise in the use of Lean Six Sigma Green Belt tool set and basic stat applications
  • Ability to work independently, team player, and team leader.
  • Effective Communicator. Ability to communicate with all audiences from shop floor to executive management in various Lean roles such as specialist, trainer, Kaizen leader, and coach. Excellent listener. Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Business Acumen / Results Oriented. Ability to link projects with desired business results.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and define solutions.
  • Ability to teach and train Lean concepts. Strong capability to coach and mentor.
  • Strong organizational skills. Ability to adapt to a dynamic environment and handle multiple projects at one time.
  • Ability to use software packages such as MS Suite and Minitab



Expertise: Qualifications – Education / Training / Experience / Etc


  • Associate degree or equivalent experience
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification
  • 3-5 years experience in engineering and/or operations position with cGMP environment
  • 1-3 years leading application of Lean tools
  • Work hours may include dayshift, swing, and graveyard shifts, weekends, and holidays to coincide with business unit shift schedules.
  • Some business travel may be required


  • Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification
  • PMP certification or related
  • 5-7 years experience in engineering and/or operations position with cGMP environment
  • Lead or team member for 3+ Lean Six Sigma projects

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.


Braun offers an excellent benefits package, which includes healthcare, a 401(k) plan, and tuition reimbursement. To learn more about B. Braun and our safety healthcare products or view a listing of our employment opportunities, please visit us on the internet at www.bbraunusa.com Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities /Women/ Veterans/Disabled

Through its “Sharing Expertise®” initiative, B. Braun promotes best practices for continuous improvement of healthcare products and services.


Responsibilities: Other Duties:

The preceding functions have been provided as examples of the types of work performed by employees assigned to this position. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in this description are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind the work assignments of different positions due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



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