Continuous Improvement Consultant in Barcelona, Spain at Beckman Coulter Diagnostics

Date Posted: 3/8/2018

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Job ID: BEC008453

About Us

Beckman Coulter develops, manufactures and markets products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing. Our diagnostic systems, found in hospitals and other critical care settings around the world, produce information used by physicians to diagnose disease, make treatment decisions and monitor patients. Scientists use our life science research instruments to study complex biological problems including causes of disease and potential new therapies or drugs. More than 275,000 Beckman Coulter systems operate in both diagnostics and life sciences laboratories on all seven continents. For 80 years, our products have been making a difference in peoples’ lives by improving the productivity of medical professionals and scientists, supplying critical information for improving patient health and reducing the cost of care.

Beckman Coulter offers a broad array of comprehensive, competitive benefit programs that add value to associates' and their families' lives. Whether it's a health care program or paid time off, our programs contribute to life beyond the job. Check out our benefits. We think you'll like what you see.

If you believe your education and experience are in line with the position description and qualifications referred to above, and are motivated, energetic, and looking for a new and exciting opportunity, please submit your resume online at the URL below or at

Beckman Coulter is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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  • Promote and facilitate diagnosis of work flow impediments and other wastes throughout the business of select health care customers and provide expert counsel on appropriate strategies employing DBS tools to eliminate waste.

  • Collect, organize and package data for customer consumption. Deliver presentations to customers to communicate needs and requirements to internal associates and customers.

  • Facilitate events that allow customers to own and drive targeted, sustainable improvement in QDIPS (Quality, Delivery, Inventory, Productivity and Safety) results by leveraging DBS tools, consulting skills, and change management process.

  • Ensure successful internal or external customer kaizen events by installing and ensuring compliance to the kaizen process (planning, execution and sustainment).

  • Directly provide formal and informal DBS training and coaching to external customers

  • Benchmark and incorporate best practices for customer interfacing and event delivery/facilitation

  • Facilitate other DBS training sessions when appropriate (other trainers and consultants from Danaher, Shingijutsu, or other)

  • Plan, develop, lead, promote, execute and facilitate sales associate development programs and events focused in creating a DBS culture within the sales organization

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

  • Assist commercial team in achieving business unit Policy Deployment and Strategic Plan objectives, as assigned

Job Requirements



Most critical qualification is to demonstrate excellent communication, presentation and facilitation skills in a customer facing role. Well-rounded consultative skills and experience are also critical. Must be hands-on and detail-oriented but also able to see the big picture, think strategically and view the business from a general management standpoint.  This person will be high energy and able to successfully handle conflict and design conflict resolution and change management strategies.  Must have extensive history and experience with planning and execution of successful Kaizen events.

Planning activities include:

  • Creation of plans focused on promoting and implementing process improvement

  • Instruction of continuous improvement methodologies

  • Collection and presentations of data from gemba, charting of data and use in root cause analysis

Execution includes:

  • Developing and maintaining relationships/partnerships with customers, suppliers and critical stakeholders for the specific purpose of driving continuous improvement.

  • Analyzing problematic situations and facilitating customer groups to correct root causes and drive countermeasure adoption.

  • Engaging and coaching customers and associates on the correct use of improvement tools

  • Delivering required DBS certification training

  • Kaizen facilitation and driving of customer teams to get results

  • Tracking and oversight of related improvement project and/or activity actions

  • Related presentation development and delivery

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required. Backgrounds in Industrial Engineering, Operations Management or other engineering discipline are preferred but not required. Master’s degree in Operations Management is preferred.

  • 5-10 years demonstrable experience of leading process improvement initiatives across operational (manufacturing or logistics) and business management settings in any industry.  A portfolio of work will be requested.  Healthcare experience is not required.

  • Hands-on experience implementing a variety of DBS/Lean tools to drive Lean Conversion. Tools include 5S, Standard Work, Visual/Daily Management, Problem Solving Process, Kaizen facilitation, VSM, TPI, TPM, Policy Deployment (Hoshin planning) and 3P

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

  • Demonstrated proficiency in time and project management

Most Important Competencies Required:

  • Consultative skills – Experience driving Lean strategies at both the executive and associate level

  • Communications skills - Extensive history of successful communication and ability to influence and persuade others to action

  • Facilitation skills – Must be able to facilitate training and team efforts to implement process improvement across varying dynamics (healthcare executives, lab leadership and lab staff). Also critical to be able to handle conflict and use it to move projects forward

  • Teamwork - Able to lead teams of customer employees to successful implementation of continuous improvement initiatives

  • Technical excellence – Critical to be seen as credible by customers and peers

 Position requires willingness and ability to travel from 50% up to 75% of the time in Spain & Portugal for on-site work with healthcare/clinical laboratory clients.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science and technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries. A globally diverse team of 59,000 associates, we are united by our culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which is our competitive advantage. In 2015, we generated $20.5B in revenue. A Fortune 500 company, our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 2,000% over 20yrs.

At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.