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Head of Business Excellence (all genders)

Your role: In this position you bundle existing Excellence expertise, oversee all OE projects and act as enabler for improving processes in terms of speed, costs and quality. You extend the OE concept to Commercial to improe end-to-end processes across Performance Materials and facilitate Business Excellence. As partner to the Business and Integrated Supply Chain Units you contribute to strategic initiatives by strengthening customer-centric capabilities in the Marketing and Sales organizations. We strive for continuous improvement, increasing efficiency and effectiveness of commercial processes and enable best practice sharing across our Business Units. You actively manage Performance Material’s IT project portfolio and represent Performance Materials in overarching Merck Group projects. Furthermore, you manage the PM CAPEX Portfolio, ensuring a long – mid – short term alignment with the strategy and create the annual CAPEX budgets as well as long-term investment plans. You work closely with the Business Unit Heads and the Performance Materials Leadership Team to develop & implement Business Excellence Activities and Strategy Realization Projects.


 Who you are:

  • University degree (e.g. Chemistry, Physics etc.), Ph.D. preferred, MBA a plus
  • Proficient command of English and German (business-fluent, spoken and written)
  • 15+ years of work experience in leading major transformation or strategy realization projects within a global organization
  • Extensive knowledge of Operational & Commercial Excellence, Strategy Realization projects, change management
  • Strong track record in implementing & driving cultural change and transformation programs
  • Strong project management capabilities & proven ability to drive complex projects from concept to implementation
  • High level of experience working in complex multicultural business environments
  • Strong global mindset, intercultural awareness & emotional intelligence
  • Excellent influencing skills, ability to navigate all levels of the organization and lead in the matrix to drive change, decision-making and execution
Job Requisition ID:  203416
Location:  Darmstadt
Career Level:  E - Professional (10+ years)
Working time model:  full-time

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