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Danaher Corporation VP Manufacturing & Technical Operations, Lodi IVD in Lodi, California

Incredible opportunity to lead the greenfield development of our newest manufacturing location supporting Cepheid’s tremendous growth. This dynamic leader will be responsible for leading all Manufacturing and Technical Operations for our Lodi, California IVD Reagent Consumable location. The ideal candidate will also have agility, aspiration, and ability for greater operations leadership roles within Cepheid or Danaher.

This role is responsible for all activities directly related to direct and indirect manufacturing operations present at the site including process excellence, process engineering, non-conformance investigation, product & technology transfer and sustaining activities. In addition, this position will have responsibility for the ongoing success of product franchise including build plan compliance, on time-delivery, working capital management, cost factors improvement and internal & external continuous quality improvement programs.


  • Manages and coordinates the activities of project(s) with responsibility for results in terms of timelines, cost objectives and process implementation. Develops the production capacity plan in partnership with Global Supply Chain and establish procedures for maintaining high quality standards to ensure that products conform and exceed established customer and company quality standards.

  • Ensure compliance with all GMP rules, product documentation, specifications, SOPs, and FDA requirements as required.

  • Ensure that organization structure, resources, facilities and capital equipment are available to meet long-term production forecasts.

  • Provide leadership and strategy in the hiring, development, engagement and performance of the organization.

  • Responsible for creating/maintaining an environment where employees take individual responsibility for their success and alignment with our leadership anchors.

  • Active champion of continuous quality and productivity improvement efforts to deliver future organizational objectives. Leads through Danaher Business Systems process excellence standard work.

  • Work on complex issues requiring multi-factorial analysis to deliver right outcome.

  • Communicate the company vision and develops site culture through leading from the front with words and actions.

  • Supports process development, improvement and troubleshooting activities within the Manufacturing organization.

  • Collaborates effectively with Global Operations supply chain, manufacturing engineering and shared services function.

  • Responsible for budget development and compliance within his/her department and resource planning to meet project objectives.


  • Complete all assigned and required training satisfactorily and on time.

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


Education and Experience (in years):

  • Requires a minimum 20+ years of Operations and/or Technical Operations or 18+ years with Master’s degree

  • 6+ years as a leader of leaders

Knowledge and skills:

  • An excellent track record in Manufacturing Operations with direct and relevant experience leading technical operations teams focused on the product transfer from development and sustainment of product manufacturability and 24/7 high throughput manufacturing operations.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a high-growth, fast-paced, metric driven organization.

  • Strong people leadership, a global mindset and strategic thinking are essential while ensuring execution on organizational objectives. Comfortable with dealing with ambiguity and establishing direction for the organization.

  • Requires highly effective influencing, verbal and written communications skills.

  • Ability to align and collaborate effectively across organizational lines required.


  • Prior experience in life science /diagnostic/medical device and/or biopharmaceutical equipment and systems.

  • Background in R&D or product transfer and failure analysis.

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

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Operating Company: Cepheid