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Thermo Fisher Scientific Director, Continuous Improvement in New York, New York

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.

How will you make an impact?

The role will facilitate implementation of the PPI (Practical Process Improvement) Business System across Lab Plastics Essentials, including leading top sites and functional teams to enable profitable growth within the Life Sciences Solutions Group. The position partners with key stakeholders to establish multi-year plans via strategy deployment tools (X-matrix/A3), creating a quantified 6-month future state and kaizen plan through value stream mapping, PPM/PPW optimization and leading kaizen events to enable the teams to achieve their business goals and objectives. Lastly, it involves developing capability at various levels of the organization relative to the PPI Business System.

What will you do?

  • Facilitate implementation of the PPI Business System across the division (and Business Units) to achieve targets in growth, quality, Customer Allegiance Score, cash flow and productivity.

  • Establish and mature the Lean Management System (tiered daily management systems, Gemba walks, and leader standard work) and other coaching tools to transform the culture.

  • Drive development of leaders, PPI practitioners and the general population relative to the PPI Business System.

  • Further develop/promote/standardize the PPI Business System. Share best practices and drive continuous improvement and Standard Work across all organizational elements.

  • Partner with business leaders to develop, standardize, and drive operating mechanisms that drive key performance indicator visibility, accountability, and action planning to continually improve business performance.

  • Lead Divisional PPI Steering Committee to ensure there is an active pipeline of PPI projects aligned to business priorities, metrics and results. Ensure that there is a solid sustainability mechanism/review for past projects.

  • Manage overarching divisional PPI reporting to the Group and Corporate Teams.

  • Develop a culture that emphasizes safety improvements as part of the PPI Business System.

How will you get here?


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, science, operations or business

  • Master's degree is a plus


  • Advanced lean practitioner with a 5+ years of experience with PPI Business System. Or comparableprior experience working in the Toyota Production System (TPS), Danaher Business System (DBS), Honeywell Operating System (HOS), or other recognized Lean business system models

  • 5+ years of operations and/or engineering experience working for a world class, multinational organization preferred

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Strong financial and statistics acumen

  • A 'hands-on' track record of implementing successful Continuous Improvement (CI) elements such as:

  • Lean Leadership (Daily Management, Leader Standard Work, and Gemba Walks)

  • Strategy Deployment and Value-stream mapping leadership experience

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 70,000 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 Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, veteran status, age or disability status.