Job Description

Sr. Manager, Continuous Improvement / PPI Business System

U.S.A. Remote

How will you make an impact?

The senior leadership role will facilitate implementation of the Practical Process Improvement (PPI) Business System for Selling, General, and Administrative (SG&A) functions within the Chromatography & Mass Spectrometry Division (CMD) to enable profitable growth, intensify the customer experience, and increase employee engagement. The position collaborates with key partners to build a continuous improvement culture, lead projects and kaizen events by deployed structured problem solving to improve systems and eliminate waste.

The role requires the facilitation and development of a PPI roadmap and future state for enabling a robust productivity pipeline.

What will you do?

  • Cultivate an action-biased culture of continuous improvement to drive improvements in the areas of customer, finance, people and quality.
  • Facilitate transformation efforts (Kaizen, VSM, 3P, Projects) to deliver Key Performance Indicator and Profit & Loss (P&L) improvement results.
  • Identify, develop and lead productivity opportunities.
  • Provide coaching (PPI tools, methodology, project management) and support to functional teams.
  • Measure and report on key performance indicators (leading and lagging) for PPI activity; develop and implement effective corrective action plans to address any areas of concern.
  • Implement annual operational excellence roadmaps to drive continuous improvement throughout the organization.
  • Provide Sensei-type’ coaching to leadership, employees and representatives to develop their PPI/Lean expertise over time.
  • Identify ways to accelerate the culture change vital to support the PPI business system.

How will you get here?


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, operations, science or related field, required.


  • 5+ years-experience in a Continuous Improvement, Lean Six Sigma or Operational Excellence role, preferably in SG&A functions.
  • Proven experience in SG&A, commercial operations or business operations.
  • Lean Six Sigma certification highly desired.

Knowledge Skills Abilities

  • Able to apply, instruct, and mentor teams on the use of Lean Six Sigma concepts of Visual Management, pull systems SMED, 5S, root cause analysis, value stream mapping, FMEA, pareto charts, and histograms.
  • Strong project management, facilitation and communication skills.
  • Ability to influence cross-functional teams, change management and bias for action.
  • A complete problem solver who can look BU-wide to integrate and streamline systems for optimal benefit.
  • Commercial business orientation/financial competence.
  • Passion for driving improvement and leading change.