The Biological Sciences Division (BSD) is the largest operating unit of the University of Chicago. It includes the Pritzker School of Medicine, twenty-three academic departments, twelve interdisciplinary degree-granting committees, and more than a dozen research centers and institutes. Our mission is to discover and create new knowledge of living systems, to preserve and communicate knowledge through education, and to nurture and sustain a community of scholars. These scholars pursue this mission through research, the education of basic scientists, physicians, and others interested in living things, and through enlightened and compassionate care of patients in a humane, academic environment. We have a long and rich history of discovery. Our academic departments have each developed and sustained outstanding programs of research and training in a broad range of programs. These are further enhanced by interdisciplinary committees, centers, and institutes. Unique among our peers, our Pritzker School of Medicine and basic biological science programs are housed in one division, allowing for strong collaborations between basic science and clinical research. Faculty, staff and students interact across programs and disciplines, creating collaborative and innovative approaches to the study of complex problems.
The job is responsible for all aspects of non-technical (not information technology or construction related) projects from conception to completion. Assembles teams and develops detailed work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans, and status reports while being the point of contact for those projects.
Build strong relationships across the BSD, UCM and University to lead the design and implementation of improvement initiatives for complex processes that have a large cross-functional impact to eliminate waste, reduce cycle time and improve organizational performance while establishing a sustainable model for continuous improvement in alignment with our mission, processes and requirements.
Utilize understanding of the operational needs of the leadership team to apply processes and methodologies in order to help the leadership team identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement using Operational Excellence principles and methodologies.
Use robust change management skills to ensure key stakeholders are aware and supportive of changes and the benefits to instill a continuous improvement culture throughout the organization.
Tracks progress, conducts analysis, as well as prepares for and facilitates project meetings. Ensures adherence to quality standards and reviews project deliverables.
Acts as a resource and subject matter expert for project team and provides analytical guidance. Interprets complex project issues and provides analytical guidance to a project team.
Performs other related work as needed.
Education: Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Work Experience: Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.
Master’s degree in organizational development business, or a related field.
Four years of previous job-related experience running Kaizen/Rapid Improvement Events and flow related process improvement.
Expert using Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Project, and VISIO.
Expert in Project Management.
Experience in applying systematic and rigorous analytical methods to improve processes, including the following methodologies/tools: Six Sigma (DMAIC), Value Stream Mapping, Control Plans, Mistake Proofing, Root Cause and Corrective Action, Kaizen, 5S.
Operational Excellence program leadership, management or development experience.
Lean and/or Six Sigma Black Belt, Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
In-depth knowledge of business processes.
Excellent team dynamics skills focused on strong team leadership and participation.
Strong communication skills with all levels of the organization, emphasis on oral presentation skills, exceptional classroom training techniques, facilitation, coaching and feedback.
Strong ability to influence without authority at all levels of the organization.
Courage to make difficult decisions and/or recommendations.
Comfort with ambiguity.
Courage/experience to provide coaching/feedback to all levels of the organization including superiors.
Excellent listening skills and emotional intelligence.
Flexibility and ability to assimilate new knowledge and standards quickly.
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