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Danaher Corporation Senior Danaher Business System Leader, Lean in San Diego, California

Leica Biosystems ’ mission of “Advancing Cancer Diagnostics, Improving Lives” is at the heart of our corporate culture. We’re a global leader in cancer diagnostics with the most comprehensive portfolio from biopsy to diagnosis. Our easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence.

Our associates know that every moment matters when it comes to cancer diagnostics. When you come to work, you’re helping develop solutions that enable accurate diagnoses to turn anxiety into answers. Join our diverse, global team of talented people, and be inspired to grow every day.

Leica Biosystems is proud to work alongside a community of six fellow Diagnostics Companies at Danaher . Together, we’re working at the pace of change to improve patient lives with diagnostic tools that address the world’s biggest health challenges.

The Danaher Business System (DBS) is our proven system for achieving success. DBS is a philosophy, set of values, and series of management processes that collectively define who we are and how we do what we do at Danaher. Our DBS tools are designed to help us excel in the areas of Growth, Leadership, and Lean, building on a solid foundation of DBS fundamentals (Voice of Customer, Value Stream Mapping, Standard Work, Transactional Process Improvement, Kaizen, 5S, Problem Solving, and Visual & Daily Management).

The DBS Leader, Lean is responsible for promoting and leading the successful implementation of Lean DBS within Leica Biosystems’ North American Manufacturing sites. They will be a key business partner who is results driven with a strong ability to drive effective use of DBS.

Responsibilities we will trust you with:

  • Serve as Lean DBS Subject Matter Expert to our North American manufacturing sites (Primarily Richmond, IL and Vista, CA); drive sustained operational improvements and Kaizen results that impact Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through facilitation of DBS activities and mentorship of Leaders, Associates, and Kaizen teams.

  • Drive results across the dimensions of Safety, Quality, Delivery and or Cost with the DBS Fundamentals and the DBS Tools within the Lean Segment. Leverage a solid understanding of DBS Fundamentals combined with Lean tools from 4 different areas: Reliability, Operations, Supply Chain, and Materials.

  • Develop and continuously improve processes within Operations at the Richmond, IL site as a member of the site leadership team.

  • Create and lead prioritized Kaizen Funnel and Certified Practitioner plan to close KPI gaps with appropriate Visual & Daily Management and Leadership engagement. Improve DBS training and facilitation by pursuing certification in DBS tools for yourself and others.

  • Facilitate and Lead PSP (Problem Solving Process) Teams in everyday Problem Solving. Install and facilitate Visual & Daily Management at Gemba across the Richmond site.


The ideal candidate is hands-on and detail-oriented but also able to see the big picture. They strategically view the business from a general management standpoint. They are customer focused and possess strong interpersonal and communications skills. They rapidly adapt to LBS and Danaher’s culture and gain the confidence of the organization.

  • BS or BA Degree in Business, Engineering, Science or equivalent

  • 5+ years of Operations, Engineering, or Lean experience

  • Hands-on experience implementing improvements in a continuous improvement environment (DBS, Lean Six Sigma, TPS, etc.), line management or consulting role

  • Practitioner-level mastery of the DBS Fundamentals. Proficiency in a variety of Lean tools especially Operations and transactional activities

  • Demonstrated success in strategic partnership with business leaders; proven track record of influencing without authority and driving collaboration across disciplines, multiple sites, and geographic regions

  • Demonstrated proficiency in time management and action plan development and execution.

  • Ability to inspire change, handle conflict and drive for solutions amid ambiguity

Preferred Capabilities

  • Master’s Degree in Business, Engineering, or Science

  • Knowledge of key DBS Lean Tools: Operations, Danaher Reliability System, Supply Chain, and the Danaher Materials System.

  • Certified Practitioner in a minimum of one appropriate Lean DBS Tool.

  • Experience managing people and/or projects

  • Exposure to and participation in a wide variety of training and facilitation environments

Travel (approximated by overnight stays per week)

  • Willingness to travel approximately 60% of the time; predominantly domestic with some international travel as needed (see below for details)


  • USA - Remote

  • Expectations are to be on-site in our Richmond, IL location approximately two weeks per month and on-site in our Vista, CA location one week every other month minimally.

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 80,000 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.

Given the essential job duties of this position, the employee is required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation and applicable 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.