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Position Summary:
The PPI - Lean Process Manager has oversight responsibility for the site’s Practical Process Improvement (PPI) 8-step team-based problem solving method. This includes working with other managers and team members to identify and kickoff projects from a project funnel and then scheduling, training, facilitating, and enabling the tracking of those projects to determine if the solutions implemented helped the team reach their goals. Types of projects can range from Solo “Just Do It” activities to Kaizen activities lasting hours or days to Formal projects lasting several weeks or longer, resulting in Safety, Quality, Delivery, Inventory and Productivity improvements. The position supports the PPI-Lean Enterprise (LE) Manager and applies PPI problem solving and Lean tools to a variety of functional areas including, Operations, R&D, Finance, Human Resources, etc., to help the site reach quarterly, annual, and longer term goals.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Actively support training, developing, coaching, facilitating, and implementing PPI Lean Enterprise initiatives which drive improvements to Safety, Quality, Delivery, Inventory and Productivity.
  • Provide analysis and recommendations to manager in support of PPI LE Steering Committee initiatives.
  • Teach PPI 8 step problem solving methods to qualify team members in PPI.
  • Offer coaching to managers and teams to identify opportunities for improvement and develop solutions/countermeasures to close gaps to long and short term goals. This includes frequent attendance at daily stand up meetings as well as other forums for coaching.
  • Track and monitor implementation of the PPI activities to ensure site is achieving PPI productivity goals and other site objectives, including preparing the monthly PPI Savings schedule for review with Site and Division Finance.
  • Own the site’s Key Performance Indicator (KPI) metrics and the process to review them
  • Act as a change agent and role model by systematically driving use of PPI LE tools for continuous improvement and change throughout operations.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:
  • 2+ years working experience with leadership/project management experience focused on continuous improvement.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business management or engineering strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated technical skills in Lean tools & concepts with an emphasis on implementation.
  • Lives the Thermo Fisher Scientific 4-I core values of Integrity, Intensity, Innovation, and Involvement.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Previous experience in problem solving methodology.
  • Qualified PPI Process Manager or similar experience preferred with expectation of becoming qualified PPI Process Manager (PPI trainer) within 3-6 months of hiring.
  • Ability to coach & facilitate teams.
  • Possesses a continuous improvement mindset with the ability to effectively lead and manage change.
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office suite of applications such as Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Word.
  • Must be able to travel as needed.
  • Performs all job duties in a safe manner
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Non-Negotiable Hiring Criteria:
  • 2+ years working experience with leadership/project management experience focused on continuous improvement.
  • 5 to 10 years of related-business experience; prior experience in Shared Services or Procurement is preferred
  • Minimum 2 years of management and supervisory experience
  • Proficiency in PC skills (MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Fluency in English

This position has not been approved for Relocation Assistance.

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