Practical Process Improvement Manager

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Thermo Fisher Scientific
May 31, 2021
Carlsbad, CA
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How will you make an impact?

  • Lead/work with functional teams to streamline processes to improve the customer experience, enable profitable growth and become more efficient.
  • Diplomatically cultivate an action-biased culture of continuous improvement to improve KPIs, in the areas of customer, finance, people and quality.
  • Provide support to develop lean expertise and capability within the organization at all levels.
  • Improve the decision-making model and problem-solving capabilities within high performance teams to increase autonomy and the pace of change.
  • Provide ongoing Lean support to multiple teams.
  • Work with the expanded team to develop/promote/standardize the Business System further.

What will you do?

Passion for driving improvement and leading change in a complex, global environment

  • Broad knowledge of multi-functional, multi-site, global organizational processes and financial business methods.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to connect with and positively influence leadership and all levels of the organization
  • 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.
  • A holistic thinker who can look enterprise-wide to integrate and streamline systems for optimal benefit.
  • Great communicator, including solid written, oral and presentation-giving skills.
  • High ethical standards to support a professional business code of conduct.

How will you get here?

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, operations or business, with evidence of operational, leadership, or professional experience
  • 5-8 years’ experience leading continuous project/ process improvement initiatives.
  • A Lean Six Sigma expert with extensive experience and a ‘hands-on’ track record of implementing successful TPS-based business systems including elements such as Lean Leadership (Daily Management, Leader Standard Work, and Gemba Walks)
  • Strategy Deployment 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
  • Use of SPC and Variation Reduction tools
  • Proven track record of identifying and delivering year-over-year results using metric-driven problem solving.
  • Proven track record for developing, training, and coaching teams, Self-directed leader with a proven ability to manage/influence across and up into the organization without direct reporting responsibility.
  • Plant Management experience is a big plus.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Six Sigma Belt
  • Lean Six Sigma Certification
  • PMP
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