Peter Alvarsson, Head of Operational Excellence EMEA Supply AstraZeneca TITLE: Accelerating the Lean transformation in AstraZeneca by investing in Lean Leadership capability uplift

Titel: Accelerating the Lean transformation in AstraZeneca by investing in Lean Leadership capability uplift



AstraZeneca Operations has been on a Lean journey for many years. Different areas of the business have had different starting points and also different approaches with both successes and some failures. A change in Top Leadership 2015 lifted Lean to be a more integral part of the Operations strategy and Lean became a more clear enabler for delivering the overall business performance. A success factor in this Lean transformation has been the increased senior leaders commitment and ownership as well as an increased learning and sharing both within AstraZeneca as well as with other companies.

A large investment in organizational capability uplift as well as individual capability uplift for both leaders and all employees has been in focus the last years to create the right conditions for a culture of continuous improvement and make Lean the way we work at every site and in every team.    



Peter started in AstraZeneca 1985 at the Chemical (API) manufacturing business in Sweden. After some years outside for studies he came back 1991 and held different roles as Process engineer, Production engineer and between 1995-2002 he had different leadership roles as Plant manager and Head of Manufacturing within the API manufacturing.

2002-2008 Peter was Head of Turbuhaler Production where he led the business and a structured long term Lean transformation together with his Leadership Team. From 2008 he is been focusing full time on Operational Excellence and Lean within Sweden Operations and EMEA Supply region. Peter has also been a member of the different Global Lean teams in AstraZeneca since then 2008.

Peter has gained and developed his Lean experience by both applying Lean ways of thinking and working as a line manager and also as being responsible for the central Lean support function. He has a broad network with other Lean practitioners in companies and organisations outside AstraZeneca and between 2010-2016 Peter was a board member in the national wide non-profit organisation Lean Forum.

Peter has a Master of Science degree Chemical Engineering from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He is based in Sweden and lives outside Stockholm. On his free time Peter enjoys travelling and all kinds of sports and spends a lot of time on road cycling and skiing.