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With over 32 000 staff in more than 410 laboratories across 42 countries, Eurofins Group believes it is the world leader in food, environment and pharmaceutical products testing and that it is also one of the global independent market leaders in certain testing and laboratory services for agroscience, genomics and discovery pharmacology and for supporting clinical studies. In addition, Eurofins is one of the significant emerging players in specialty clinical diagnostic testing in Europe and the USA.

Join us as: 

Lean Programme Leader

 Location: Europe

Support the further development and implementation of Lean in Eurofins, by driving Lean projects, coaching and supporting local Lean teams and by further developing the “Eurofins Lean Academy”. The focus of Eurofins Lean projects is on sustainable change, not only on quick wins. While Lean Program Leaders use a clearly defined methodology that is adapted to the service industry, the focus is on systematic problem solving and coaching, and not on dogmatic implementation of all classical Lean tools or on just optimizing specific pain points. Strong project and change management skills are required for successful Lean implementation in a decentralized organization such as Eurofins.


  • Support the further development of the “Eurofins Lean Academy”. This methodology and training program is a practical collection of methods, tools and best practices specifically adapted to the testing laboratory world. It covers all relevant topics, from how to analyse a lab, identify and quantify improvement opportunities to finally define and implement appropriate solutions to increase quality, reduce turn-around-time and save cost. The Lean Program Leader will, with support of the Permanent Improvement Programmes team and other Eurofins experts, own and develop or refine parts of the methodology, create new training modules, provide training, review proposals from colleagues and lead/ participate in workshops to challenge and further complete the methodology.
  • Support the dissemination of the “Eurofins Lean Academy” through coaching in projects, delivering of trainings, organization of onboarding events to visit sites, organizing knowledge sharing calls with a wider Lean expert network and contributing to specific Lean communications as newsletters.
  • Launch and run Lean Based on the defined methodology, a Lean Program Leader structures and launches, and for more complex projects also co-runs, the Lean projects jointly with the local Lean Project Manager. To ensure impact, the Lean Program Leader always participates in the structuring, the diagnostic, the generation of the project plan, and in most cases, the implementation of the pilot phase.
    At start of the project, the Lean Program Leader will, together with the lab Lean project manager, run the day-to-day project management of these pilots, including team management, creation and tracking/ monitoring of project plans, escalation of challenges, managing interfaces with local teams, identifying and testing solutions to identified operational issues, documenting overall impact, etc.
    Over time, when the local resources are more mature and grow in autonomy, the corporate Lean Program Leader ensures all elements are in place to ensure sustainable results (including standardization, 5S, performance management, problem solving, a proper governance) and progressively reduces his active involvement, typically leading to ongoing distant support on a regular but infrequent basis.
  • Support mature lean projects and coach experienced Local Lean Project Managers. Some Labs have experienced Lean Project Managers, which do not need intensive support to run their projects. They still benefit from periodic coaching on the issues they might encounter. The Lean Program Leader supports and coaches these local managers, and ensures systematic interaction and sharing of experiences and best practices. This link to local operations also supports the further development of the common Lean methodology and best practice documentation of the Lean Academy.
  • Participates in the selection of local Lean project managers, by supporting local HR departments in assessing the Lean knowledge and experience of candidates and participating in the recruitment decision proces.
  • Define best practices. The Lean Program Leader will ensure that all identified and successfully tested practices are documented so they can be shared with other labs, using standardised templates.
  • Support or lead other Permanent Improvement Programmes initiatives. Depending on the workload and team composition, a Lean Program Leader might also support or lead other initiatives of the Permanent Improvement Programmes group. He is expected to be a flexible team member of the “consulting pool” that can be assigned to different projects or initiatives, depending on the overall situation


Personal Skills :

Strong change management skills required. Good interpersonal skills (team management, written and oral communication, presentation skills) are at least as important as the functional skills, as the operational excellence program is all about changing the way people work. In the Eurofins culture of decentralized decision rights, change management skills are imperative.

 Initial Education Background :

 Engineering or economy degree.

 Additional Education Background :

 Extensive formal and on-the-job training of Lean/ operational excellence concepts and at least 3 years of implementation experience.

 Language skills and level expected :

 English must. For the European role, French and German nice to have. For the APAC and US role, Japanese/ Chinese and Spanish, respectively, are nice to have.

 Type and duration of previous experience:


 Total professional experience > 5 years, at least 3 of which working on lean or operational excellence projects with at least 1 year of leadership experience (e.g. run a pilot or local implementation).

 Technical knowledge (e.g. IT…):

Good knowledge of standard office applications, especially MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Excel. Experience with Bizagi modeler, Visio, X-Mind or similar would be advantageous. General knowledge about systems, IT architecture and production control is helpful.

 Management capabilities :

 Team management skills required. Must have run a core team of approx. 5 people during a lean implementation, excluding all the stakeholders and external team members (e.g. such as local plant staff).


  • International experience
  • Meaningful work towards process excellence
  • Support in growth and development within organization
  • Open communication
  • Attractive remuneration and bonus package
  • Medical care
  • Access to Multicafeteria Benefit system