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Process Improvement Leader (Lean)

at Thermo Fisher Scientific (view profile)
Location Millersburg, Pennsylvania
Date Posted April 2, 2017
Job Type Full-time


Key Responsibilities:

  • Deploy PPI and Lean Manufacturing\Enterprise initiatives within the site.
  • Provide leadership in the areas of PPI and Lean by mentoring site teams to deliver results.
  • Assist in developing site improvement goals and objectives and coordinate and champion activities to meet or exceed those goals.
  • Coordinate the measurement, tracking and reporting of PPI savings impacts for sites.
  • Lead periodic site continuous improvement reviews both internally and for regional roll up
  • Partner with site leadership team to drive ownership of CI activities within the site.
  • Train site resources in the areas of PPI and lean principles implementation.
  • Create contingency plans where needed to ensure achievement of site PPI targets.
  • Become the “resident expert” for all Continuous Improvement activities within the site.
  • Improve the customer experience regarding quality and reliability by promoting a Root Cause/Countermeasure culture that works to implement robust corrective actions.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A holistic thinker who can look enterprise-wide to integrate and streamline systems for optimal benefit.
  • Able to drive strategic thinking and continuous improvement in both non-operational and operational areas, including connecting the cross-functional resources to remove waste along the extended value streams.
  • Passion for driving improvement and leading change in a complex, global environment.
  • Proven track record for developing, training, and coaching teams while implementing a driving a Business Systems approach
  • Great communicator, including solid written, oral and presentation-giving skills.
  • Broad knowledge of multi-functional, multi-site, global organizational processes and financial business methods.
  • Proven track record of identifying and delivering year-over-year results using metric-driven problem solving.
  • High ethical standards to support a professional business code of conduct.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to connect with and positively influence leadership and all levels of the organization.
  • 10% travel
  • Self-directed leader with a proven ability to manage/influence across and up into the organization without direct reporting responsibility.
  • Previous experience with lean leadership.
  • Understanding of KPI’s, Operational Excellence, and Toyota Production System (KATA).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Lean Expert with over 5+ years’ experience and a ‘hands-on’ track record of implementing successful TPS-based business systems including elements such as:
    • Lean Leadership (Target Condition Thinking, Daily Management, Leader Standard Work, and Gemba Walks).
    • Strategy Deployment, KPI Leadership and Value-stream Mapping.
    • Kaizen events on standard work, cell design, process and product 3P, Value-Analysis/Value Engineering, error-proofing, material flow, Heijunka, and Kanban.
    • Expertise in problem-solving utilizing a formal program/process.
  • Certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt, Black Belt, and/or Lean certification.
  • Bachelor degree minimum, preferred advanced degree, with concentration in continuous improvement curriculum.

This position is budgeted for relocation.


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