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Global Head of Operational Excellence


Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

For over 20 years, abcam has been providing tools the scientific community needs to enable faster breakthroughs in critical areas like cancer, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, and metabolic disorders.

We believe that to continue making progress, we need to work together in new ways. We need your own unique perspective as well as this of our people to make an always greater impact on the world. This community needs people like you: dedicated, agile and above all audacious so we can truly bring progress forward.

Job Description

As the Global Head of Operational Excellence, you will be responsible for driving and overseeing the strategic implementation of operational best practices across the organizations supply chain, manufacturing and logistics functions to enhance efficiency, optimize processes, and improve overall business performance. It will also look to engage and educate other parts of the business in Lean methodologies and best practices. This role requires a seasoned leader with a deep understanding of operational methodologies, change management, and a proven track record of driving continuous improvement initiatives on a global scale.


To lead a small global team of lean practitioners and experts to shape and deliver Abcam's journey towards operational excellence, including:

1) Delivering Lean Academy training to colleagues in Supply Chain, Manufacturing and beyond (e.g., HR, Finance, R&D)

2) Supporting the Lean team members in the execution of their continuous improvement programs at local sites

3) Promoting and driving Abcam's evolution towards a performance-driven, customer-driven culture of continuous improvement, driving quality, delivery, cost and innovation.


You are degree educated in engineering, manufacturing, operations, or similar numerical subject and must have a recognised qualification in Lean, Six Sigma, or associated discipline. You have a Black Belt in Lean and live and breath it along with at least 10 years experience implementing Lean methodologies in a manufacturing and/or life sciences environment, either direct or via consultancy, giving that deep knowledge and understanding. You are a great leader with the ability to fully engage both your team and senior stakeholders, collaborating across a global business to deliver sustainable improvements. You have managing dispersed teams of lean experts and of delivered lean training to diverse groups and have the necessary temperament required to work with operational, hands-on employees as well as senior stakeholders.

The role will require up to 10% international travel and our hybrid working allows 1 or 2 days working from home. We have an exciting period of change coming here at Abcam so if this sounds like you, this could be the next step in your career so apply now!

Additional Information

We know that when it comes to benefits, no one size fits all. Flexibility and choice matter which is why, in addition to market competitive salaries, we offer you a flexible benefits package which is tailored to your unique needs and support your financial, physical and emotional wellbeing. This includes 18 weeks fully paid maternity leave, 6 weeks fully paid paternity leave as well as highly flexible working and much more. Besides, your development will be integral to your experience here. You will grow alongside other talented minds, in ways you may often find unexpected.

When people come together, incredible things happen. Here you’ll work in a safe environment where you can be who you truly are. We’ll champion and celebrate your uniqueness throughout your journey with us. This is how we excel at partnering with the scientific community no matter the challenge, ultimately helping solve the world’s most critical diseases. Find out more about Diversity & Inclusion at abcam.