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Director, PPI Business System MSD

Eindhoven, Netherlands; Brno, Czechia

Job Description

When you’re part of the team at our company, you’ll do important work. Surrounded by collaborative colleagues, you’ll have the support and opportunities that only a global leader can give you. Our respected, growing organization has an outstanding strategy for the near term and beyond. Take your place on our strong team, and help us make important contributions to the world.

All of our employees share our important 4-I Values - Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and Involvement. Our capacity to grow year after year is driven by our ability to attract, develop and retain outstanding people who will bloom in our environment and share in our desire to improve people by enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

Our Materials Structural Analysis (MSD) Division in the Analytical Instruments Group offers customers in research, academia, industrial, Semiconductor and applied markets a complete range of high-end analytical instruments, applications, software, and services. We design, manufacture, and support the broadest range of high-performance microscopy workflows that provide images and answers in the micro-, nano-, and picometer scales. We are the leader in our industry by combining hardware, applications experience, chemistries and software expertise. Our worldwide team is dedicated to Customers’ pursuit accelerating innovation and driving maximum efficiency!

This role will be based in either Czechia (Brno) or Netherlands (Eindhoven).

Position summary:

The Director PPI will facilitate implementation of the PPI Business System, including leading top sites and functional teams to enable profitable growth within the Materials and Structural Analyses Division (MSD). The position partners with several teams to create a quantified 12-month future state and kaizen plan through value stream mapping, and leading kaizen events to enable the teams to achieve their business goals and objectives. Lastly, it involves developing capability at various levels of the organization relative to PPI.

Key responsibilities:

  • Facilitate implementation and utilization of PPI across the Division to achieve targets in growth, quality, Customer Allegiance Score, cash flow and productivity.

  • Establish and mature the Lean Management System (tiered daily management systems, Gemba walks, and leader standard work (LSW)) and other coaching tools to transform the culture.

  • Drive PPI development of leaders, PPI practitioners and the general population. Further develop/promote/standardize the PPI system. Drive continuous improvement and Standard Work across all organizational elements.

  • Partner with business leaders to create, standardize, and drive operating mechanisms that drive key performance indicators, accountability, and action planning to continually improve business performance.

  • Lead Divisional PPI Steering Committee to ensure there is an active pipeline of PPI projects aligned to business priorities, metrics and results. Ensure that there is a validated sustainability mechanism/review for past projects.

  • Lead overarching divisional PPI reporting to the Group and Corporate Teams. And develop a PPI culture that emphasizes safety improvements.

What will you need?

Qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, operations, science or business, Master’s degree is a plus.

  • Knowledge about problem solving, Lean concept, or other process improvement techniques. Six-sigma Black Belt or/and Lean Expertise is a pre.

  • Knowledgeable lean practitioner with a confirmed experience with PPI as a Business System. Or comparable prior experience working in the Toyota Production System (TPS), Danaher Business System (DBS), Honeywell Operating System (HOS), or other recognized Lean business system models.

  • 5+ years of operations and/or engineering experience working for a premier, multinational organization preferred.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • A ‘hands-on’ track record of implementing successful Continuous Improvement (CI) elements such as:

  • Lean Leadership (Daily Management, LSW, and Gemba Walks). Strategy Deployment and Value-stream mapping leadership experience

  • Kaizen events including elements like standard work, cell design, process and product 3P, Value-Analysis/Value Engineering, error-proofing, material flow, heijunka, and kanban.

  • Strong financial and statistics acuity with experience helping team build productivity funnels and active project decks to exceed targeted levels.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • A multidisciplinary problem solver who is effective in influencing leaders to develop groundbreaking target states and rapidly motivate change through the full organization.

  • The ability to independently own initiatives and drive execution through team and in a matrix reporting environment.

  • A strong change agent, a role model leader in demonstrating and promoting change and the capacity to mentor & facilitate teams.

  • Good project management skills.

What's in it for you?

We are a Fortune 500 company and maintain a pay-for-performance culture; we provide an extensive onboarding program and continued training throughout your career; access to the most important scientific research laboratories in the territory; we offer flexible work arrangements and many personal growth opportunities within a multifaceted organization.

  • Excellent basic salary plus bonus

  • Global Flexible Working Arrangement

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific offers employment with an innovative, forward-thinking organization, and outstanding career and development prospects.

5 reasons to work with us ( As one team of 100,000+ colleagues, we share a common set of values - Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and Involvement - working together to accelerate research, offer a good pay range and benefits, address scientific challenges, drive technological innovation and support patients in need. #StartYourStory at Thermo Fisher Scientific, where diverse experiences, backgrounds and perspectives are valued.


Thermo Fisher Scientific is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

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