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Danaher Corporation Lead, Production - Test Strips - 2nd Shift in Ames, Iowa


The primary purpose of this position is to serve as Manufacturing Team Lead for a group of associates. Responsible for work assignments that support an effective lean operation conforming to standardized work procedures, identifying improvement opportunities, and working with associates and management to solve operational work flow problems. General duties may include picking, assembling, and packaging. Machine set-up and equipment operation required, along with trouble-shooting, small repairs, and some maintenance of complex and/or high-speed equipment.

Department: Test Strips

Schedule: Monday-Thursday 3:15 PM-1:45 AM. Overtime may be required.


  • Able to communicate and train associates on proper use of equipment and safety policies and ensure proper PPE (personal protective equipment) is available for each employee.

  • Participate in continuous improvement efforts in support of lean processes and lead problem solving teams or kaizen events.

  • Periodically review work and assess conformity to standard work and critical to quality procedures.

  • Resolve schedule problems throughout the day by closely coordinating with necessary departments.

  • Ensure appropriate controls (KPI’s) and visual management tools are in place and up to date for effective operations within area (mini-factory) of responsibility.

  • Understand daily expectations of the business and assist area manager in assigning work to team members which prioritizes the workload and equipment schedule to meet both internal and external customer demand.

  • Responsible for order management. Provides information to appropriate personnel, including the Area Manager, regarding needed changes and adjustments.

  • Able to recognize points of failure in the flow of production and drive to implement countermeasures, escalate or recommend solutions

  • Effectively communicate with managers, engineers, technicians and business unit as required.

  • Assist area manager in the training of new associates.

  • Able to perform and/or train others to proficiently perform work assignments and help area manager to establish a depth at the area of responsibility.

  • Provide performance feedback to area manager on team members.

  • Assist area manager in planning OT hours and maintaining attendance logs.

  • Apply job skills and company policies to complete a wide range of difficult tasks.

  • Use scheduling techniques to achieve increased flexibility, floor space and turnaround time by reducing work-in-process inventory and overall lead times.

  • Cross-train others as needed to ensure back-ups are available and ready when needed.

  • Fill in as needed for absences in the following areas: Product assembly, picking and packaging. Perform machine set-up and operation of equipment. Trouble-shoot, perform small repairs and some maintenance of complex and/or high speed machines/processes.

  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.


  • HS diploma/GED or equivalent required

  • Minimum 1 year of leadership experience

  • Minimum 3 years experience in a production environment.

  • Mechanical experience preferred


  • Possess basic reading, writing, and math skills (including adding, subtracting, calculating. percentages, converting minutes to hours, and performing basic Algebra).

  • Possess necessary computer skills to utilize and maintain required manufacturing software systems.

  • Possess ability to resolve minor problems, recognize normal and unusual situations.

  • Some areas will require the ability to work with manual and/or power equipment.

  • Possess proven mechanical ability or aptitude.

  • Demonstrate strong multitasking skills.

  • Must be quality conscious: Accuracy and attention to detail required.

  • Must have good oral and written communication skills.


The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to stand/or sit(select locations, see below), squat, turn/twist, reach, use hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls. The employee is frequently required to walk, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, hear, and smell. The Loveland facility requires continuous standing for duration of the shift.

The employee must frequently lift, carry, push or pull up to 50 pounds and/or occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 20 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures and work space restrictions.

The noise level in the work environment is occasionally loud.

Employees will be required to wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include: eye, hearing and respiratory protection, protective smock, steel toe shoes, gloves, hard hats, or face shields. Contact lenses may not be allowed in some areas.

The duties listed in job descriptions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. The purpose of this description is to assist in ADA compliance and is not intended for other purposes such as collective bargaining, or compensation.


External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check and possible credit history review.

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 69,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System (https://www.danaher.com/how-we-work/danaher-business-system) tools and the stability of a tested organization.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies require all US and Puerto Rico employees to be vaccinated against COVID–19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.The EEO posters are available here (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/posters) .We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at applyassistance@danaher.com to request accommodation. If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.