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Director of Operations in Charlotte, North Carolina at KaVo Kerr

Date Posted: 3/8/2019

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Job ID: KAV002816

About Us

KaVo Kerr is a cohesive organization comprised of two global leaders, united to provide dental excellence and serve as a single premier partner for the dental community.  KaVo Kerr operates with a common vision inspiring and helping our customers, their patients and our own associates realize their potential.  KaVo Kerr offers solutions for endodontics, restoratives, treatment units, infection prevention, imaging, rotary and instruments


The Plant Director, will provide strategic leadership for the manufacturing, procurement, and process improvement functions for all production. This role will work closely with other functional leaders across the business to drive growth, profitability, productivity, and quality. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Drive Operational excellence in support of strategic plan.
  • Develop and implement performance objectives, PD, and countermeasures to ensure achievement of goals with a strong focus on process orientation.
  • Drive SQDC goals.
  • Execute on associate development and cross-training within areas of responsibility.
  • Analyze and manage operational data to ensure organic growth and alignment of departmental priorities.
  • Drive increased effectiveness and efficiency through DBS initiatives to ensure a high-performance organization.  Communicate effectively with the different functions within the organization.
  • Ensure DBS resources support key PD initiatives and mastery of lean tools.
  • Drive quality and delivery to lead the marketplace across the product tiers.
  • Support new product launches.
  • Support international expansion and improved synergies across the other Danaher dental companies.
  • Manage and develop organizational talent to position organization for growth and succession planning.
  • Provide leadership for execution of operational excellence initiatives.
  • Provide site influence to assist corporate quality and regulatory compliance resources.
  • Facilitate process improvement initiatives across the organization.
  • Understand and recommend dynamic resource allocation.
  • Participate cross-functionally in strategic initiatives, planning & PD.

Job Requirements


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in related field. Advanced degree is a plus
  • 10+ years of experience in an Operational Leadership role 
  • 5+ years of experience utilizing Lean Manufacturing / process improvement methodologies delivering Safety, Quality, Delivery, Inventory and Cost improvement.
  • 6+ years of experience managing and developing associates into leadership roles within organization
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, and the demonstrated ability to work with and lead cross-functional teams effectively; the ability to work through organizational barriers
  • Experience and/or certification in the Danaher Business System (DBS) Visual Project Management (VPM) and Rationalized Roadmap tools
  • Working knowledge (or better) understanding of Six Sigma, Lean, and/or Toyota production System methodologies  
  • Superior communication skills 
  • Advanced understanding of FDA/ISO regulations as it relates to GMP
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 at:


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, dental, environmental and industrial solutions. Our globally diverse team of 59,000 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 #144 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 2,000% over 20 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.


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