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Danaher Corporation Director, GSC DBS Leader in Sunnyvale, California


Reporting to the Vice President of Global Supply Chain, the DBS Leader will be a key member of the GSC management team responsible for leading the integration of and strategy design/implementation of DBS in the department, to support Cepheid’s continued success in driving technology innovation and superior commercial execution across the globe. The incumbent will partner with the Global Supply Chain’s leadership team to develop and lead the DBS roadmap that will drive continuous performance improvements in supply chain , enabling achievement key initiatives, efficiencies, effectiveness, strategic plan priorities, and Key Performance Indicator (KPI) targets.


  • Lead and manage Global Supply Chain kaizen funnel

  • Drive targeted, sustainable improvement in QDCI (Quality, Delivery, Cost and Innovation) that is tied to AOP / strategic plan initiatives and Daily Management (DM) by leveraging DBS tools, consulting skills, and the change management process.

  • Assist departmental leadership in the development of a DBS Roadmap (i.e., how to use the DBS tools to drive sustainable improvement in results and grow its businesses).

  • Facilitate formal and informal DBS training and coaching to department DBSLs and other associates

  • Promote and facilitate diagnosis of workflow impediments and other wastes throughout the business and provide expert counsel on appropriate DBS tools to eliminate them.

  • Improve DBS training and facilitation skills by pursuing certification in DBS tools (CP process for self and others).

  • Provides leadership to managers and professional associates


  • 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):

  • Bachelor’s degree with 14+ years of experience or Master’s/Doctoral degree with 12+ years’ experience

  • 4+ years managing people

Knowledge and skills:

  • Mastery of a variety of Fundamentals and Lean DBS tools

  • Ability to champion DBS and develop and install best practices across diverse business environments

  • Ability to work and influence all levels of the organization from Senior Leaders, Functional Leaders, to project managers and practitioners in all functional areas

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

  • Experience in Operations and lean manufacturing roles

  • Demonstrated proficiency in time and project management

  • Ability to implement DBS Fundamentals in a variety of situations

  • Proven process improvement and change management skills

  • Effective coaching and mentoring skills

  • Ability to provide dynamic, participant-centered training

  • Strong group facilitation skills, excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

  • Executive presence, ability to lead cross-functionally, present to C-level executives with easy and confidence

  • Familiarity with various manufacturing process technologies

Physical requirements/abilities:

  • Ability to work in an office environment

  • Ability to work in an engineering lab environment

  • Travel up to 50% to domestic and international locations


  • DBS Certified Practitioner (CP) in one or more Fundamentals or Lean tools

  • Ideally a minimum of Plant Manager / Director of Operations experience level or higher

  • Engineering or technical / science degree with experience in technology

  • Previous experience in contract manufacturing / service deployment

  • Experience in biological / technology manufacturing

  • Related experience in a diagnostic, medical device, or pharmaceutical environment.

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