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Danaher Corporation Materials Operation Manager in Sunnyvale, California

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving healthcare through faster, more accurate diagnostic tests. As a member of our team, you’ll get to make an immediate, measurable impact on a global scale, within an environment that fosters career growth and development. Our mission drives us, every moment of every day, to develop rapid groundbreaking solutions for the world’s most complex health challenges.


Materials Operation Manager oversees daily department operations, including but not limited to review and distribution of production and shipping schedules, collaboration with department managers and supervisors to gauge progress, inventory levels and production issues.


  • Works closely with Manufacturing, Planning and Purchasing to identify production and material needs and close any gaps that may prevent us from running uninterrupted production

  • Controls inventory levels and ensures availability of material to support daily production demand and ad-hoc schedule changes

  • Manages end to end material flow from raw materials to support manufacturing and transfer of finished goods to warehouse / logistics team

  • Teams together with Director of Material Planning & Control Department to develop robust JIT (Just In Time) & Kanban process to support manufacturing line demand and maintain minimum stock of raw material on hand.

  • Recommends solutions to existing processes to reduce waste and increase efficiency.

  • Tracks and analyzes KPIs and other departmental objectives while ensuring successful execution of the department strategy.

  • Adapts departmental plans and priorities to address resource and operational challenges.

  • Manages professional associates and/or supervisors and accountable for the performance and results of a team within own area of specialty.

  • Ensures effective and efficient management, integration and continuous improvement of Supply Chain management processes and technologies from vendors through to customers and joint venture partners.

  • Responsible for logistics planning and forecasting needs for products and services as well as distribution plans.


  • Completes all assigned and required training satisfactorily and on time

  • Ensures associates attend and complete all required trainings satisfactorily and on time.


Education and Experience (in years):

  • Bachelor’s degree with 9+ years of experience OR Master’s degree with 7+ years of experience

Knowledge and skills:

  • Proven managerial experience to lead the team of supervisors and logistics coordinators

  • Experience in warehouse inventory control, shipping and receiving.

  • Solid understanding of supply chain and inventory management systems

  • Advanced knowledge of forecasting and budgeting processes.

  • Outstanding communication and leadership skills.

  • Analytical mind with excellent problem-solving abilities.

  • Working Knowledge of SAP


  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing principles and TMS methodology

  • Experience working with international teams

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.

As part of the Danaher family of companies, our work at Cepheid is supported by a global science and technology innovator. In addition to Danaher’s unrivaled leadership training and professional development programs, this relationship also provides expanded career opportunities across industries and brands. Together, we are united by a shared purpose: Helping Realize Life’s Potential.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The “EEO is the Law” poster is available here (http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) .

Operating Company: Cepheid