Master Black Belt - Statistician, Devices
Hospira - Lake County, IL

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The Master Black Belt is responsible for leading complex, large scale process improvement and transformation projects. Is a leader and subject management expert in the area of operational statistics. Helps set policies and determines statistical techniques for use in determining product acceptance and product design risk levels. Applies appropriate statistical improvement tools and methodologies to meet business objectives and ensure long-term improvement. Drives continuous improvement culture to support growth, customer satisfaction and productivity. Contributes to deployment management including communication/training development and delivery.

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Leads complex Process Improvement and Process Design projects. Uses statistics and analytics to prove root cause of process deficiencies, develops process quality metrics to identify product improvement opportunities and documents the financial impacts of process and product improvements. May team up with Information Technology personnel to identify opportunities to automate processes for sustained gains. Drive business requirements definition.


Consults on the use of Statistical, Lean and Six Sigma Techniques to improve process performance. Coaches and mentors peers and senior leaders in the practical application of tools to lead improvement initiatives and embed practices into individual operating areas.


Works as a motivator, change agent, trainer/educator. Participates in the design, facilitation and training related to multiple Process Improvement Disciplines (including Lean, “Quick-Hit” Improvements/Kaizen, Six Sigma), Facilitates Organization and Cross-Organizational Knowledge Sharing.


Results oriented professional with proven track record and demonstrated results. Outstanding data analysis skills, understand how to apply statistical methods in design and manufacturing. Strong leadership skills, experience successfully facilitating cross-functional and cross-business teams. Academic background and demonstrated experience in Operations Management and Systems Engineering. Demonstrated ability and experience in change management; continuous improvement methodologies, disciplines, and practices. Demonstrated ability and experience to identify organizational strengths/opportunities across the enterprise to improve company’s performance. Strong background and experience in quality and service delivery, technology solutions, operations management, vendor and relationship management, business process engineering, program management, and problem resolution. Proven ability to manage complex initiatives across multiple teams/platforms. Proven quantitative and analytical skill set including: Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA), Operational Characteristics curves (OC), Monte Carlo simulation, Descriptive statistics, Probability distributions, Point estimates and confidence intervals, Hypothesis testing, Goodness-of-fit tests, ANOVA, and other advanced analytical methods described in the ASQ CQE Body of Knowledge


Exceptional Six Sigma skills and knowledge. Must have demonstrated project management skills. Detailed understanding of design control processes. Strong PC proficiency (Microsoft Suite including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Minitab) or comparable software application. Crystal Ball and MatLab strongly preferred. Demonstrated leadership of cross-business, multi-functional or matrix projects. Strong systems aptitude, able to identify opportunities to leverage technology as a productivity enabler.

Skills/Experience Education/Certification

10-15 years of related experience. Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics, Industrial/Systems, or Operations Management (with 15 years of related experience). Master’s Degree preferred (with 10 years of related experience)

ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Certified Quality Engineer required

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Hospira helps hospitals heal the hurting. The company makes specialty injectable pharmaceuticals (primarily generics) including...