Continuous Improvement Associate

Manufacturing/Operations Balcatta, WA


Perrigo Company is dedicated to making lives better by bringing high quality and affordable self-care products that consumers trust everywhere they are sold.  Help us do it.

The responsibilities of this role are to assist in reducing the rate of quality events & process deviations and to participate in ongoing production process and systems improvement, through the use of lean manufacturing principles. The role will have a dual focus on process and results delivering tangible and quantifiable sustained benefits in areas of quality, efficiency, waste, cost and safety.

Your primary responsibilities will include but not limited to:

  • Lead cross functional first response team to assess and investigate Quality Events (QEs) as well as conduct Process Deviation Investigations (PDIs) to determine scope and establish root cause.
  • Ensuring appropriate corrective action and preventative actions (CAPAs) are identified, implemented and closed-out in a timely manner relating to production, packaging & manufacturing operations.
  • Perform trend and Pareto analyses on QEs/PDIs raised to identify priority areas to address so as to reduce the overall rate, severity and occurrence.
  • Assist CI Site Lead to deliver workplace teams CI methodology / Lean foundations training.
  • Participate in implementation of change controls, new product introductions and continuous improvement initiatives relating to production, packaging & manufacturing operations.
  • Identify potential process related issues (e.g. via current/future state process mapping) in consultation with SMEs to streamline operations ensure ongoing sustainability and cGMP compliance.
  • Use lean manufacturing methodologies to deliver both incremental improvements and step-change improvements (i.e. >50% increase in performance).
  • Participate in and/or lead Kaizen Project Teams and 5 Why / DMAIC problem solving sessions.
  • Review and update controlled documents (SOPs, SWIs, Forms, Logs) for adequacy, clarity and compliance to cGMP. 

To be successful in this position you will have: 

  • 3-5 years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical or FMCG industries.
  • Demonstrated continuous improvement / lean manufacturing experience.
  • Sound analytical and problem solving ability.
  • Minimum intermediate level computer literacy, including MS Office Suite.
  • Understanding of statistical techniques and software.
  • Experience in equipment and process improvement in an operations environment.
  • Qualifications in a Technical or Engineering related discipline will be highly regarded.
  • Technical report writing skills.