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When you’re part of the team at Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe. Your work will have real-world impact, and you’ll be supported in achieving your career goals.

Portable Analytical Instruments, a business unit of Thermo Fisher Scientific, is the leader in handheld XRF, Raman, and Infrared devices that enable precise material identification and characterization across a wide variety of end markets. It is the product of three acquisitions over the past decade and brings together a product portfolio with leading market positions globally.

Position Summary:
The PPI (Practical Process Improvement) Business System Manager is responsible for enabling PPI Business System maturity within the PAI business Unit (BU) including a wide breadth of strategic, continuous improvement and cultural development tools. This includes the development and implementation of the strategic plan through goal/policy deployment, strategy-development sessions and operational planning tools (e.g. SIOP) to enable organic growth, intensify the customer experience, and increase overall employee engagement.

Additionally, the role will work with the leadership to meet its key initiatives. Examples include:

  • Improving factory footprint utilization
  • Accelerating low cost manufacturing capability
  • Selectively managing HLA/TLA to create operating efficiency and improve LCR sourcing
  • Improving the process to identify, develop and upgrade Operations Talent
  • Accelerating productivity/efficiency
  • Optimizing Thermo Fisher Transportation and Logistics capabilities
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • In alignment with the Divisional PPI Business System Strategic Roadmap, Corporate Implementation Framework and the PAI annual strategic plan, develop the annual PAI specific PPI Business System strategy deployment and lead implementation
  • In conjunction with the PAI Lean Core Team and the Divisional PPI Business System Director, successfully execute the PPI Business System strategy deployment action items
  • Challenge organizational leaders and cultivate an action-biased culture of continuous improvement and accountability to improve KPIs, in the areas of customer, finance, people and quality. This includes radically intensifying the customer experience, delivering profitable growth (organic growth, reduced costs, increasing cash velocity), and building/developing the best teams.
  • Establish and mature the Lean Leadership tools (tiered daily management systems, gemba walks, and leader standard work) and other coaching tools to transform the culture.
  • Take a structured approach to optimize footprint utilization, grow capacity and reduce costs (3P, Strategic Sourcing, HLA/TLA and LCR methods, etc.)
  • Provide ‘Sensei-type’ coaching to facility leadership and representatives to develop their Lean expertise over time, ultimately moving the critical sites to self-sufficiency. Establish structured development plans with key resources and leaders within the organization from a PPI Business System perspective.
  • Simplify and improve the decision-making model and problem solving accountabilities and capabilities to drive autonomy to the lowest appropriate levels of the organization.
  • Work closely with business leadership and PPI steering committees to identify ways to accelerate the culture change necessary to support the PPI Business System.
  • Provide ongoing Lean support to multiple teams at multiple facilities.
  • Identify best practices within the company, and outside of Thermo Fisher, and serve as a conduit for best-practice sharing.
  • Partner with other BU PPI Business System Managers to manage and support cross-BU improvement activity
  • May periodically be assigned specific projects within PAI or across the CAD division, which align with the strategic plan and company goal tree objectives
Minimum Qualifications:
  • A Lean Expert with an 10+ years, hands-on track record of implementing successful TPS-based business systems including elements such as:
    • A3 Thinking/Strategy Deployment
    • Lean Leadership (Daily Management, Leader Standard Work, and Gemba Walks)
    • Value-stream mapping
    • Follow-up kaizen blitzes on cell design, material flow, visual factory, etc.
    • Experience with 3P (Production Preparation Process) to optimize layout and product design
  • Bachelors degree in engineering, science, operations or business
  • Drive our Customer Allegiance program by defining and driving cross functional initiatives focused on improvement of the business unit score.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to influence senior leadership, along with all levels of the organization
  • A holistic thinker who can look enterprise-wide to develop/implement plans to integrate supply chains from the customer through the strategic suppliers and define/pursue step-change scenarios
  • Broad knowledge of multi-functional, multi-site, global organizational processes and financial business methods (SIOP, Customer Connections, Strategic Sourcing, etc.)
  • Proven track record for developing, training, and coaching employee teams in a continuous improvement environment
  • Significant operations leadership experience with proven results
  • Great communicator, including accomplished written, oral and presentational skills.
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally (minimal travel required)
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Broad leadership roles from disciplines such as commercial, engineering, quality, or product management
  • Fortune 500 experience
  • Multi-lingual
  • MBA degree preferred
  • Shingo prize/assessment tools and process knowledge
This position does NOT have relocation assistance.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 55,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. Join us and contribute to our singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.


Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.
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