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J&J Family of Companies Senior Director, Site Leader based in Groningen, Netherlands in Groningen, Netherlands

Senior Director, Site Leader based in Groningen, Netherlands - 2206091317W


Caring for the world, one person at a time has inspired and united the people of Johnson & Johnson for over 130 years. We embrace research and science -- bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.

Johnson & Johnson Vision is committed to improving and restoring sight for patients worldwide. With the acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics (AMO) in 2017, J&J expanded into cataract surgery, laser refractive surgery (LASIK) and consumer eye health and now serves more than 60 million patients a day across 103 countries with its eye health portfolio. Through our operating companies, we’ve developed solutions for every stage of life—to help people see better, connect better and live better. We partner with eye care professionals to provide some of the world’s leading products and technologies to address refractive error, cataracts, dry eye, and beyond. We are committed to using our reach and size for good, and strive to put quality eye care within reach of everyone, everywhere. Visit us at www.jjvision.com. Follow @JNJVision on Twitter and Johnson & Johnson Vision on LinkedIn.

Position Purpose

We now have an opportunity for a Site Leader to join our site leadership team to develop and implement strategic plans to ensure the ongoing business growth and success of the site at Groningen.

The Site Leader directs the state-of-the-art intraocular lenses (IOL) Innovation & manufacturing operation in Groningen which supplies the market with quality-assured intraocular lenses (IOLs), on time and at a competitive cost. Builds an environment of Business Excellence ensuring that Quality Systems and other Compliance requirements are met while demonstrating organizational excellence and continuous improvement based on the principles of the J&J Operating System. S/he leads the development of the strategic, capital and business operating plans, including setting annual budgets and Long Term Financial Plans for the operation. Responsible for controlling costs to achieve standard cost, capital and inventory targets, the Site Leader ensures that manufacturing capacity is available to meet forecast demand and strategic plans, and that production plans and master schedules are met. Ensures the effective introduction of new products by partnering with the on site R&D, Value Stream Team and the cross functional product introduction team. This role will lead the development of the talent strategy with proven experience for delivering in a highly ambitious, quality conscious environment. The role develops future leaders and inspires the highly diverse employee population. Lastly, this executive serves as an integral part of the Surgical Vision Platform team to drive & deliver on the overall business objectives.


  • Partners closely with the onsite R&D team to deliver new products on time. In collaboration with the IOL Value Stream Team which includes marketing, product management and R&D, actively participates in the new product development process, business and launch planning. Directs the Groningen operations resources to achieve effective new product and/or technology transfers into manufacturing. Stays abreast of new technology and developments within the industry. Leverages the resources and knowledge of the Product Support and Manufacturing for the Future Enterprise group. Ensures that current and new product manufacturing processes are stable, consistent and reliable, and develops strategies toward their continuous improvement.

  • Collaborates with the Platform, E2E leadership team, Añasco site leaders and members of the Value Stream for IOLs to ensure a robust Strategic Plan is in place. This includes ensuring the short and long-range direction of the Groningen innovation & manufacturing operations are in line with the IOL technical road map, value stream Product Strategic Road map and New Product Introduction plans. Collaborates with cross functions to develop short and long-term priorities and expectations, and monitors performance through clear objectives and measurements. Prepares the annual financial budgets, looking at maximizing return on assets and investments, and reducing costs. Drives results to match plans and budget.

  • Leads and collaborates across functions to drive development and implementation of systems, policies and procedures to achieve the global service and supply goals for the Groningen product lines. Directs plant resources, collaborating with functional leaders to gain alignment on production, materials, engineering, QA, technical services and finance to effectively focus on servicing and supplying the customer with the right products at the right time. Maintains up-to-date standards on new technology and information systems required for the continuous improvement of the operations. Continuously implements improvements.

  • In collaboration with Corporate Quality Assurance, manages the Operation’s resources to effectively manufacture quality products per Groningen’s Quality System, which is fully compliant with GMP, ISO standards and Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHS&S) requirements. Ensures that regulatory requirements are met. Adheres to all J&J, regional, state and federal laws as well as all internal EHS&S and Quality, policies and procedures.

  • Creates and maintains a work environment of high levels of ambition, accountability, participation, open communication, and recognition. Develops the appropriate organizational structure and skills required to be successful in the achievement of strategies. Develops and coaches senior leadership and management. Provides leadership and actively participates in the all the relevant Surgical Vision Leadership sessions. Demonstrates global alignment through effective working relationships with peers.


  • Must be a strategic thinker capable of providing a tangible vision and execution of that vision through the facility.

  • At least twelve (12) years’ experience in an FDA regulated environment including but not limited to areas like: R&D, engineering, manufacturing, technical support, purchasing, validation, or other areas closely related to production.

  • Strong exposure to quality, compliance and regulatory areas required such as: FDA, OSHA, ISO, etc.

  • Proven track record of influencing significant organisational culture changes to deliver in a fast paced growing environment

  • Experience in an assembly operation under a lean manufacturing and continuous improvement scenario is highly desirable.

  • Strong communication skills including interaction with and ability to motivate different levels of the organization: VPs, Directors, Managers, Supervisors & front line teams

  • In depth knowledge and proven track record in general management practices including current knowledge of organizational leadership and development.

  • Financial skills are required for budgeting, variance analysis and long-range planning.

  • Bachelor’s degree in technical discipline, required.

  • Master’s degree in a technical discipline or business administration, preferred.

  • Able to read, speak, and write English fluently; Fluency in Dutch language, highly desirable.

Location & Travel Requirements

Location: Groningen, The Netherlands

Travel: Varies around 30% , depending on the needs of the business, including domestic and international trips.

Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies are equal opportunity employers, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

At Johnson & Johnson every colleague makes a vital difference. Our people take pride in improving people’s health around the world. Each day, they make life better by going for high quality and continuous innovation. While doing so, they get the chance to grow their competences and take initiatives. All of this in an international, value-driven group that cares for the well being of its people. A group that contributes to the quality of life as a global partner in healthcare. Johnson & Johnson is at the forefront of a new era in total healthcare solutions.

Will you be part of it?

Primary Location Europe/Middle East/Africa-Netherlands-Groningen-Groningen

Organization AMO Groningen BV (8358)

Job Function Plant Management

Req ID: 2206091317W