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Operational Excellence Specialist I
Company: Thermo Fisher Scientific
Location: Bend, OR
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 08/05/2022
Expire Date: 10/23/2022
Job Categories: Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Production, Purchasing, Executive Management, Quality Control, Research & Development
Job Description
Operational Excellence Specialist I

Operational Excellence Specialist

At Thermo Fisher Scientific we constantly strive to become more efficient and to eliminate waste in our processes. In this role you would drive continuous improvement activities and implement solutions at a site level. We direct these activities through the Practical Process Improvement (PPI) Business System, a system that incorporates Lean and other validated industry practices. By promoting use of the PPI Business System, you could enable profitable growth, intensify the customer experience across all site processes and increase employee engagement. To achieve this, you would collaborate with key partners to identify and implement continuous improvement projects using Lean fundamentals such as visual management/5S, process mapping, standard work, metric boards and Kaizens.

When you’re part of the overall team here, you’ll do important work, like helping customers in finding cures for cancer, protecting the environment or making sure our food is safe and you’ll be valued and recognized for your performance. With dedicated managers and inspiring coworkers to support you, you’ll find the resources and chances to define meaningful contributions to the world while building a vibrant career!

How will you make an impact?

Learning and application of Practical Process Improvement principles in three key areas:

  • Lean Thinking and industry practices (Shingo, Lean Enterprise Institute, Toyota Production System).
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific adaptation of Lean principles to PPI-specific tools and techniques with appropriate application.
  • The human factor – Soft skills to drive cultural change toward Lean principles and solution of daily problems then working with departments to implement identified solutions.

What will you do?

  • Facilitate PPI workshops and activities.
  • Capture data then present information as needed to prepare for PPI workshops.
  • Apply and improve PPI tools.
  • Work with the expanded team to develop, promote and standardize PPI Business System.
  • Proactively work with internal customers and peers to identify then drive continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Assist in the implementation of identified solutions.
  • Other duties as they arise.

How will you get here?


  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required with focus in science, engineering, or related field preferred.

Equivalent combinations of education, training, and meaningful work experience may be considered.


  • Minimum 1-2 years working with teams in a professional environment.

Preferred experience includes:

  • Understanding of basic principles of Lean or PPI
  • Experience with Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Experience with any or all stages of the pharmaceutical manufacturing process (development, manufacturing, quality, laboratory, supply chain)

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Proven decision making capabilities.
  • Strong leadership and conflict resolution skills.
  • Proven ability to balance/maintain conflicting goals, responsibilities, and priorities of the organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills, as well as the ability to empower and lead.
  • Familiar/proficient with Microsoft (MS) Office Applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Share point)
  • Proficiency with the English language, both written and verbal.

About Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $40 billion. Our Mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. Watch as our colleagues explain 5 reasons to work with us. Whether our customers are accelerating life sciences research, solving complex analytical challenges, improving patient diagnostics and therapies or augmenting efficiency in their laboratories, we are here to support them. Our distributed team of more than 100,000 colleagues delivers an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through our industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services and Patheon. We share a common set of values – Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and Involvement – working together to accelerate research, tackle sophisticated scientific challenges, drive technological innovation and support patients in need. #StartYourStory at ThermoFisher Scientific, where diverse experiences, backgrounds and perspectives are valued!

Apply today! Please visit us at http://jobs.thermofisher.com

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, veteran status, age or disability status.

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