Thermo Fisher Scientific Lean Manufacturing/Continuous Improvement Leader in Rochester, New York

Job Description

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.

The Value Stream PPI Leader is responsible for leading continuous improvement initiatives and fostering a continuous improvement culture in the Value Stream. The Leader coaches and mentors in PPI (Practical Process Improvement) tools and techniques, increasing the Value Stream’s continuous improvement capacity and engagement. This individual will work closely with the Value Stream Leadership Team to identify and prioritize PPI initiatives that are aligned with Value Stream business objectives.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Partner with Value Stream Leadership to ensure there is an active pipeline of PPI projects aligned to business priorities, metrics and results.

  • Lead efforts to create a continuous improvement culture at all levels of the Value Stream.

  • Identify and implement opportunities to improve continuous improvement processes, practices and results in the Value Stream.

  • Ensure PPI projects accurately identify root cause and/or systemic issues, and resolve issues using effective countermeasures.

  • Partner with other Value Stream members to ensure solutions are successfully implemented and are delivering intended results. Take appropriate countermeasures as needed if results are not as expected.

  • Identify and pursue synergy opportunities across projects, issues and areas.

  • Lead/facilitate PPI projects as required.

  • Educate Value Stream employees on PPI Business System theory and application through project work, individual mentoring, formal classroom training, and other methods as beneficial.

  • Partner with other PPI Leaders internally and externally to share best practices.

  • Design and develop manufacturing systems for new processes (New Product Development), or improve existing processes by utilizing extensive knowledge of Industrial Engineering techniques. This includes cell layouts, packaging and ergonomic designs, labor utilization, line balancing, OEE and capacity analysis, etc.

  • Develop and implement Operator Standard Work for reduction in variation and increased productivity. Identify and create opportunities for process flow improvements in manufacturing.

  • Provide problem-solving support and technical assistance and expertise to manufacturing in striving for process improvements, implementing corrective action and training as required.

  • Evaluate, recommend, and select equipment for secondary operations, assembly, packing, and material handling operations. Oversee / prepare Capital Appropriation Request for related projects.

  • Establish, maintain and improve processes for Operator Standard Work documents and Labor routings, and other related technical input and documentation.

  • Performs all job duties in a safe manner, consistent with the Code of Ethics and the 4-I Values, and follows all ISO standards, Company and site policies and guidelines, and regulatory or statutory requirements.

  • Performs other duties and responsibilities, as needed.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or relevant degree required, Industrial Engineering strongly preferred.

  • At least 5 years of experience with Continuous Improvement methodologies, tools and application; 10+ years preferred.

  • 5+ years working experience in a manufacturing environment with ISO quality standards strongly preferred.

  • Experience with Injection / Blow Molding a plus.

  • Leadership or supervisory experience a plus.

  • Ability to conduct critical analysis and assessments to develop strategic action plans.

  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems through effective application of root cause analysis and countermeasure methodology.

  • Experienced in advanced data collection, measuring, analysis, improvement and control. Understands and applies the PDSA cycle.

  • Ability to effectively lead project teams through entire improvement cycle, starting with project definition and ending with standardization of solutions.

  • Ability to act as a change agent- Lead and manage change effectively, by systematically driving use of Lean tools for continuous improvement and change throughout operations.

  • Strong project management & facilitation skills.

  • Experience in teaching through formal sessions as well as individual mentoring.

  • Actively models our 4-I Values (Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and Involvement).

  • Strong Innovation skills.

  • Demonstrated learning agility.

  • Strong interpersonal skills. Must be able to interface & influence effectively at all organizational levels.

  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation communication skills.

  • Self-motivated.

  • Strong ability to effectively use judgment and make decisions.

  • Excellent prioritization, time management, and organizational skills.

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.

  • Has working knowledge of various business functions (Manufacturing, Quality, Engineering, Human Resources and Financial).

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Ability to travel as required, <10% of the time.

  • Working conditions require the ability to sit, stand, walk, bend, and work at a computer station and on manufacturing shop floor.

Non-Negotiable Hiring Criteria:

  • At least 5 years of experience with Continuous Improvement methodologies, tools and application.

  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems through effective application of root cause analysis and countermeasure methodology.

  • Experienced in advanced data collection, measuring, analysis, improvement and control. Ability to deliver fact- based decisions and apply a mindset for Lean Management.

  • Ability to accurately and quickly assess a situation on the manufacturing floor and determine and implement corrective measures to maintain flow of production.

  • Ability to effectively lead project teams through entire improvement cycle, starting with project definition and ending with standardization of solutions.

  • Must be able to lead and manage change effectively.

  • Strong Innovation skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills. Must be able to interface & influence effectively at all organizational levels.

  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation communication skills.

  • Strong project management & facilitation skills.

  • Excellent prioritization, time management, and organizational skills.

  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 50,000 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.