DBS Leader (DBSL) in Lodi, California at Cepheid

Date Posted: 10/8/2019

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Job Description

Job ID: CEP003622

About Us

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving healthcare through faster, more accurate diagnostic tests. With our GeneXpert® System, we’ve taken the most sophisticated molecular technology and packaged it into an automated, easy-to-use format that has quickly become the platform of choice worldwide. From the largest laboratories to small physician offices, our game-changing solution delivers critical answers when clinicians and patients need them most. Through strong molecular biology capabilities and ongoing product innovation, we are focused on developing tests for healthcare-associated infections, sexual health, critical infectious disease, virology, and oncology applications. Come join our vision for a better way and help make life better for us all! For more details, visit us at www.cepheid.com or follow us on Twitter (@CepheidNews).


  • Job Description Summary
    Optimizes organizational performance by enhancing the alignment and efficiency of business processes and by ensuring continuous, sustained improvement across the enterprise through the implementation of Danaher Business System tools and methodologies. Includes focus areas like Innovation, Growth, and Lean. Includes DBS trainers.
  • Job Description

    This position supports the development of the Danaher

    Business System (DBS) culture in all associates in the

    Cepheid Molecular Diagnostics Business Unit by actively

    promoting and facilitating the use of DBS tools and methods

    for Continuous Improvement. This high influence position

    reports directly to the Lodi Site Director and will interface

    with all associate levels and various functions / departments

    within the Business Unit.

    This position will monitor Lodi Site projects and track to

    provide prioritization, status, resource allocation, schedule,

    deliverables and benefits while also helping to guide and

    improve each project by collaborating with project leaders,

    their teams and key stakeholders. Project and process

    improvement will take the form of training, coaching and

    facilitating DBS project management and tools training as


    Roles, Responsibilities, and Expected Results of Position

    include, but are not limited to:

    - Drive targeted, sustainable improvement in QDCI (Quality,

    Delivery, Cost and Innovation) results that are tied to

    Policy Deployment (PD) and Daily Management (DM) by

    leveraging process improvement tools, consulting skills, and

    change management process.

    - Engage leadership in developing and executing Business

    Unit kaizen event funnel and managing sustainment


    - Effective facilitation and execution of kaizen events through

    all stages (charter ideation / creation, pre-work identification

    and completion, delivery of results in kaizen week, regular

    follow up and follow through on sustainment).

    - Promote and facilitate diagnosis of work flow impediments

    and other wastes throughout the business, and provide

    expert counsel on appropriate DBS tools to eliminate them.

    - Actively partnering with process owners to ensure results

    delivered / future state achieved.

    - Assist site / company Leadership in the development of

    a DBS roadmap (i.e., how to use the DBS tools to drive

    sustainable improvement in results).

    - Be the thought leader and expert in DBS work concepts,

    principles, and practices for Business Unit.

    - Improve DBS training and facilitation skills by pursuing

    certification in DBS tools (MBB process for self and others).

    - Promote and facilitate associate development in various

    DBS tools, lean production, and kaizen leadership.

    - Provide formal and informal training, coaching, mentoring to

    Cepheid associates: must be able to translate DBS concepts

    to local situations and help individuals and teams progress

    in understanding and correct application for sustainable

    business improvements.

    - Facilitate other DBS training sessions when appropriate

    (other trainers and consultants from Danaher, Shingijutsu, or


    - Develop advanced competency in wide range of DBS


    - Identifies and helps develop advanced ideas into

    DBS programs or projects that will significantly impact

    organizational objectives.

    - Communicates with key team members Cepheid Business

    Units and Vendors in order to determine priorities and

    develop project schedules and budgets.

    - Structure Lodi projects and Project Management standards

    in order to define clear objectives, including project

    charter, mission and vision, business/technical case, key

    performance metrics and guiding principles.

    - Maintain a repository of project knowledge and data.

    - Lead PEx [Process Excellence] Steering Committee

    meetings and provide regular updates to SLT [Site

    Leadership Team] on overall CI [Continuous Improvement]

    program and project status.

Job Requirements



Must be hands-on and detail-oriented but also able to

see the big picture. Need to be able to think strategically

and view the business from a general management

standpoint. Must be very customer focused and have strong

interpersonal and communication skills. Will need to be a

quick study who can rapidly adapt to Cepheid’s culture

and gain the confidence of the organization. This person

will be high energy and able to handle conflict. Will be an

independent worker, capable of operating in a fast-moving,

ever-changing environment and able to effectively deal with

difficult situations.

- Professional experience acquired through a Bachelor’s

Degree (or equivalent experience) with 8 years of work related experience OR Master’s Degree in field with 6 years of related work experience OR Doctoral degree in field with 3 years of experience.

- Strong analytical skills and applied knowledge of a problem

solving process

- Proven ability to collaborate in a team environment - knows

when to lead and when to follow

- Process thinking mindset

- Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification and

experience in industry is desirable.

- Superior facilitation and training skills

- Understand adult learning theory

- Exposure to and participation in a wide variety of training


- Good writing and administrative skills, including computer

skills (word processing, graphics, spreadsheet, etc.)

- Lives the "continuous improvement" philosophy and can

drive change successfully.

- Logical and creative thinker

- Superior consulting, influencing, communication and

customer facing skills.

- Position Requires 5% travel.

- Proficient at coordinating multiple projects, priorities, and

resources simultaneously in a compressed time frame

manufacturing environment

Preferred Qualifications

- Six Sigma Black Belt

- Project Management Professional [PMP] certification

- CAD software experience [SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Pro/E]

- Medical Device Manufacturing experience

- Plastics, injection mold making, molding validation project


Physical Demands

- Light duty office environment.

- Sitting at computer workstation.

- Walking throughout factories to gather information and

communicate with key team members.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & 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, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 71,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $19.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 5,200% over 25 years.
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.
Danaher is committed to competitive compensation that typically has key components including base salary, variable annual incentive compensation based on personal and company performance, and long-term incentive.


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