Manager, Operations Improvement Initiatives

Cepheid - US
Job Location
Sunnyvale, California, United States, 94089,
Job Description

The Manager of Operations Improvement Initiatives will lead cross-functional teams within Consumables Operations to achieve high-impact project results focusing on business process excellence. Drive process excellence through the identification of high-dollar impact projects ensuring proper project scope, justification, and resourcing.

* Establish a process excellence roadmap for Consumables Operations
* Drive the implementation of value stream mapping for the Consumables business
* Partner with cross-functional groups in Operations to identify process inefficiencies and/or non-value adds for improvements (e.g. cost savings, increased productivity, improved yields, quality improvement, etc.)
* Lead the Cost Savings roadmap for Consumables Operations and ensure follow up and escalation processes are in place
* Act as a change agent instilling a culture of Lean and Six Sigma to drive continuous process improvements projects working with teams on project conceptualization/resourcing, implementation, and launch
* Lead, train, and mentor cross-functional teams through process mapping and optimization exercises in order to maximize process effectiveness and efficiencies
* Provide Operations management with updates on the status of various projects including metrics to monitor effectiveness


* Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or a relevant technical discipline; or equivalent combination of education and experience to perform at this level
* A minimum of 5+ years direct experience in Process Excellence and/or Continuous Process Improvement with demonstrated results
* Excellent project management skills working with project structuring, time and risk management assessment
* Comprehensive knowledge of Six Sigma (DMAIC), Lean, DFSS, and continuous improvement methodologies
* Strong analytical skills to drive decision making based upon statistical and financial impact data
* Experienced in building and managing a high-performing team; ability to quickly assess a scenario and align cross-functional teams to achieve organization goals
* Excellent communication and collaboration skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively across and through organizational barriers
* Strong experience as a change agent in the deployment, implementation, and maintenance of process improvement initiatives

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