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Global Operations Strategy Manager – Grünenthal, Aachen

Grünenthal is a global leader in pain management and related diseases. We’re driven to seek effective, life-changing medicines and solutions for patients with severe diseases and high unmet medical needs. We’re focussing all of our activities and efforts on moving towards our vision of a world free of pain. As a science-based, privately-owned pharmaceutical company, we have a long track record of bringing innovative treatments and state-of-the-art technologies to people living with pain worldwide.

What the job looks like

Each day you'll enjoy a variety of challenges, such as:

  • You will identify opportunities to address the business needs and enhance operations capabilities to achieve long-term competitiveness and profitable growth

  • You will be involved in key decision processes to steer the company´s strategy as M&A, major investments, manufacturing networks optimization and other strategic decisions in the field of operations

  • You will successfully analyze and create meaningful insights into the engineering and manufacturing data during our global end-to-end evaluations to identify strategic and tactical improvement opportunities

  • You will get a real potential to gain widespread understanding of the business

  • You will be a global key player working cross functionally with all Global Operations areas to review and challenge and derive conclusions and provide actionable recommendations

  • You will represent Network Design leading the decision-making of our impactful recommendations to Top Management

  • You will provide and document assumptions, identify potential optimization scenarios and analyze impact on relevant factors, such as OEE, CAPEX, capacities, etc.

  • You will support us building up governance and internal knowledge database around network modelling best practices

What you'll bring to the table

To make the most of this role and truly thrive, you should have:

  • You have a university degree, preferably in science or industrial engineer (MBA is a plus)

  • 3-5 years consulting experience in a leading consulting firm or extensive operational experience working (pharma sector experience is a plus)

  • You have consultant experience in operational assessments, manufacturing strategy, network optimization and/or transfers of new products

  • Strong quantitative and problem solving skills combined with ability to analyze large sets of data, pull out insights and then proactively communicate those insights to senior leaders

  • You are strategic thinker and a creative self-starter energized by problem solving and pushing new solutions and have a “hands-on” and “can do”-mentality

  • Strong financial acumen and ability to create business case and deep knowledge of manufacturing cost structure

  • Advance knowledge in data analysis and modelling. Experience using advance Excel and network optimization solutions. SAP knowledge is a plus.

  • Base optimization knowledge like linear programming, multi integer-programming

  • You are fluent in English; further languages (e.g. Italian, Spanish) are a plus


For more information and to apply, click here.


Grünenthal is headquartered in Aachen, Germany, and has affiliates in 30 countries across Europe, Latin America and the US. Our products are sold in more than 100 countries. In 2018, we employed around 4,900 people and achieved sales of € 1.3 billion.


As a player in an innovative, fast-paced market, we offer an exciting working environment and wide-ranging individual development opportunities. Our shared values form the basis for the way we work: We embrace diversity, put patients at the centre of our decisions, live entrepreneurship, join forces, drive performance and act with integrity.


Join us at Grünenthal, unleash your full potential and help us change lives for the better.

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