Process Improvement Lead

Category:  Manufacturing

Koriyama, Fukushima, JP


Are you passionate about being a professional as a solid bridge between Production and Quality Assurance (QA)? Do you thrive in a dynamic and international environment with many stakeholders? Then you could be the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) supporter we are looking for at our Novo Nordisk Koriyama Factory (KFA). Apply now and join us!


About the department
Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 100 years of innovation in diabetes care. This heritage has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people defeat obesity, haemophilia, growth disorders and other serious chronic diseases. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs over 55,000 people in 80 countries, and markets its products in more than 170 countries.
As our factory in Koriyama is expanding the workforce, this new exciting opportunity is now available for GMP and Production professional. The position will be anchored in KFA production team, reporting to the Production Director.


The position
As a Process Improvement Lead you are expected to handle deviations and all the other quality incidents that happen on the shop floor and act as a solid bridge between Production and KFA QA. You will also drive the optimization journey in KFA shop floor together with KFA production management and other key functions within KFA while closely collaborating with other parts of global Product Supply for process standardization representing KFA.


Your goal will be to implement and anchor robust production systems and processes in KFA shop floor to eliminate potential/actual root causes of errors with higher hierarchy of control (HoC) in place and ultimately to reduce the number of deviations. At the same time, it is required to keep the site aligned with peers in the rest of Product Supply by proactively introducing globally standardized process.
Other tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Tackle quality deviations that happen on the shop floor and interact mainly with KFA QA (sometimes with QAs from global organizations), and propose and implement higher HoC with Line managers, process supporters and/or LEAN Professional if necessary
  • Continuously optimize and standardize shop floor processes by utilising LEAN tools and by introducing global or industry standard
  • Well understand and identify business needs and translate them into viable and sustainable solutions and keep the Production leadership team updated on potential opportunities for process improvements.
  • Participate in relevant Process Group (PG) and/or global projects as representative to KFA, share what is discussed therein with leadership team and lead the implementation, change management. Drive the LEAN related agenda in Production area with relevant stakeholders.
  • Support Operation Responsible (OR) with validation activities that include but not limited to validation planning, risk assessment, documentation, change control including (Organizational Change Management) OCM, and work closely align with KFA Training Partner to implement more robust, more agile and simpler training system especially for shop floor operators.



  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Manufacturing, Mathematics, Statistics, Pharmaceuticals, Technology, Project Management, or any other relevant fields.
  • Minimum of 5 years of hands-on experience working in in Production, Manufacturing, or Operations environment (pharma companies preferred), delivering process improvements or change management.
  • Be a strong logical thinker with both right quality mindset and basic statistic competency.
  • Business-level in English and Japanese (writing and speaking) are required.


Working at Novo Nordisk
We are a proud life-science company, and life is our reason to exist. We’re inspired by life in all its forms and shapes, ups and downs, opportunities, and challenges. For employees at Novo Nordisk, life means many things – from the building blocks of life that form the basis of ground-breaking scientific research, to our rich personal lives that motivate and energize us to perform our best at work. Ultimately, life is why we’re all here - to ensure that people can lead a life independent of chronic disease.


Please send your CV online (click on Apply and follow the instructions). Internal candidates are requested to infrom their line manager when applying. 


Until the completion of recruitment.
Applications will be screened on an ongoing basis, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants. 


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.