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Danaher Corporation Lean - Six Sigma Leader in Ames, Iowa


The primary purpose of this position is to identify and implement continuous improvement activities to improve safety, quality, delivery, inventory, productivity and reduce cost within Operations. Provide training and implementation of DBS (Danaher Business System) through the utilization of Kaizen Events and total associate involvement to drive lean manufacturing processes.


  • Responsible for the daily implementation of DBS processes and tools through their work with the hourly associates and management to guide and facilitate activities and provide any necessary supplies or resources.

  • Support Operations Management in the planning, facilitation and implementation of kaizen activities, benchmark tours, and new employee orientation.

  • Train associates in the DBS tools.

  • Audit existing processes and systems to assess/determine actions required for improvements.

  • Analyze data and processes to evaluate improvement opportunities for quality improvement impact.

  • Provides input and recommendations for the identification and selection of improvement projects.

  • Assists in the development of action plans in support of +QDIP improvement projects.

  • Participates in appropriate daily management, KPI and PD reviews.

  • Communicate and drive “Best Practices” across the business and facilitate Danaher leadership benchmarking sessions.

  • Work with the DBSO (Danaher Business System Office) to schedule events and get needed resources.


  • Work as part of the team

  • Support NPI and open innovation activities

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline preferred (Physical Sciences or Engineering).

  • Years of Experience: 1-2 years in various lean manufacturing processes with exposure to Toyota Production Systems.


  • In depth knowledge of quality principles and technical tools (problem analysis, statistical tools, design of experiments, variation reduction, design for six sigma, control charts).

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and solve problems.

  • Mechanical aptitude – ability to work in operations cells and partner with production engineers to create tools, jigs and fixtures to eliminate variation.

  • Experience and working knowledge/application of LEAN tools and concepts preferred.

  • Proficient computer skills (data analysis, word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, statistical tools).

  • Must be able to set and attain goals and initiate actions to resolve problems and improve products and processes.

  • Must be able to provide concise executive summaries of business performance issues, changes needed or made, results delivered.

  • Excellent communication skills to work with individuals across all levels of the organization and training others.

ENVIRONMENT: Office and Manufacturing.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to sit. The employee may occasionally squat, turn/twist, or reach. The employee is constantly using hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, and computer keyboards. The employee is occasionally required to walk, stand, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, hear, and smell.

The employee must occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 20 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures and work space restrictions.

The noise level in the work environment is occasionally loud.

Employees will be required to wear the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include: eye, hearing and respiratory protection, protective smock, steel toe shoes, gloves, hard hats, face shield, or laser goggles. Contact lenses may not be allowed in some areas.

The duties listed in job descriptions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. The purpose of this description is to assist in ADA compliance and is not intended for other purposes such as collective bargaining, or compensation.


External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check and possible credit history review.

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 here ( .