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Danaher Corporation Manager, Reagent Manufacturing in Lodi, California

The Manager, Reagent Manufacturing will be directly responsible for leading end-to-end production operations for bead and bulk reagents in the Cepheid manufacturing facility in Lodi CA. The incumbent will partner with the manufacturing management team for consumables and fill-pack operations, DBSL, Quality, Supply Chain, Technical Operations, Facilities, and EH&S to drive production critical metrics that contribute to corporate objectives and core value drivers.


  • Manage staff resources by recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training, and developing associates for growth opportunities

  • Maximize the performance of Value Streams by implementing and sustaining lean conversion principles in order to meet customer requirements.

  • Develop and execute strategy for improving the safety, quality, delivery, inventory, and productivity (SQDIP) performance.

  • Report progress and vital countermeasures to achieve set goals through Daily Management walkthroughs.

  • Mentor and develop teams, facilitate individual and team growth

  • Utilize standard reports and visual management to clearly communicate production schedules, delays, and corrective action

  • Responsible for on-time delivery of product from respective work cells

  • Maintains workflow by monitoring steps of the process; observing processes and equipment, supervising personnel and resources, developing reporting systems in accordance with company guidelines to ensure success in meeting the Safety, Quality, Delivery, Inventory, and Productivity goals.

  • Resolves personnel problems by analyzing data; investigating issues; identifying solutions; recommending action.

  • Maintains a safe and clean work environment by educating and advising personnel on the use of all control points, equipment, and resources, maintaining established policies and procedures.

  • Drive ever-improving results by leveraging Danaher Business System (DBS) tools, consulting skills, and change management process.

  • Must be able to work independently with little supervision and direct work priorities of direct report supervisors and manufacturing associates

  • Provides input for capital expenditures for new equipment and facilities to meet production demand

  • Directly provide formal and informal DBS training and coaching

  • Support/Lead productive kaizen events and sustainment of KPIs.


  • Complete all assigned and required training satisfactorily and on time

  • For people managers, ensure your associates attend and complete all required training satisfactorily and on time.


Education or Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience to perform at this level

  • 5 to 7 years in an FDA/ISO regulated manufacturing environment; 5 years minimum in a leadership role

  • Extensive experience using continuous improvement tools and methodologies

Knowledge and skills:

  • Leadership: Willingness to work on the shop floor and lead by example; ability to influence decision making with or without authority, facilitate discussions with perspectives, bring teams to an agreement. High tolerance for ambiguity

  • Communication: Interpersonal skills that build productive relationships and influence others, both within the business and across organizations. Ability to communicate at different levels of the business (senior leaders to working teams), exceptionally good listening skills, able to present sophisticated or new insights with clarity

  • Teamwork: collaborate effectively with others in the spirit of common objectives

  • Planning and Execution: Excellent project management and prioritization skills. Solid eye for business. Able to deliver results despite shifting demands

  • Analytical Problem Solving: Able to identify problems; apply structured and principled methodology to identify root cause using data.

  • Hands-on experience with DBS tools: PSP, Standard Work, TPI, DM, 4E, SMED, VSM, 3P, and VPM


  • Appropriate practitioner experience in Operations roles

  • Ability to accurately assess key business metrics and situations from a “general manager’s” point of view

  • Ability to design, develop, and implement a DBS roadmap for an operating business

  • Mastery of a variety of Fundamentals and Lean DBS tools

  • Superior communications skills

  • Superior training, consulting, and influencing skills

  • Familiarity with various manufacturing process technologies

  • Good writing and administrative skills, including digital literacy

  • Showed strength in time and project management

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be a comprehensive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills for this job.

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Operating Company: Cepheid