Sr. Director, Manufacturing and Operations

at Danaher Corporation in Richmond, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Leica Biosystems’ mission of “Advancing Cancer Diagnostics, Improving Lives” is at the heart of our corporate culture. We’re a global leader in cancer diagnostics with the most comprehensive portfolio from biopsy to diagnosis. Our easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence. Our associates know that every moment matters when it comes to cancer diagnostics. When you come to work, you’re helping develop solutions that enable accurate diagnoses to turn anxiety into answers. Join our diverse, global team of talented people, and be inspired to grow every day.

Leica Biosystems is proud to work alongside a community of six fellow Diagnostics Companies at Danaher. Together, we’re working at the pace of change to improve patient lives with diagnostic tools that address the world’s biggest health challenges.

Position Summary:

The Sr. Director of Operations plans, directs, coordinates, and oversees all aspects of Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, EHS, and Facilities & Maintenance at the Richmond, IL manufacturing facility. The role is responsible for ensuring product quality, on-time delivery, margin expansion, and portfolio vitality. For the Richmond focus on associate engagement and attrition, maturing the Danaher Business System (DBS) culture, compliance, fostering cross-functional teamwork, and instilling a sense of purpose.

This position will lead the Manufacturing organization located in Richmond, IL and will be onsite.

You will be a part of the Operations Leadership team and report to the VP Operations & Supply Chain, LBS & MMT. If you thrive in a fast-paced global leadership role and want to work to build a world-class operations organization – read on.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

+ Lead the development, deployment, and optimization of an overarching manufacturing strategy for the Richmond, IL site, demonstrating expertise in managing complex manufacturing operations, while ensuring alignment with company objectives and driving continuous improvement initiatives.

+ Lead the expansion of manufacturing capabilities for the Richmond site; maintain a focus on seamless integration of new manufacturing lines, while ensuring scalability and optimization of resources for sustainable growth.

+ Partner with LBS’s Global Supply Chain Organization for efficient demand planning and phase-in/phase-out of products.

+ Provide senior leadership to Operations/Manufacturing, EHS & Facilities teams, ensuring team development, engagement, and collaboration across LBS; develop a comprehensive plan that bridges the gap between the current state and the desired ideal structure, ensuring alignment of resources, roles, and responsibilities with the manufacturing strategy.

+ Maintain high standards of operational excellence, including quality, regulatory compliance, delivery, and working capital metrics.

+ Achieve consistent on-time delivery of Engineering projects through strong project management and risk management.

+ Drive margin expansion through structured approaches to materials and labor productivity improvement.

+ Implement Danaher Business Systems throughout the manufacturing operations.

The essential requirements of the job include:

+ BA/BS degree, or equivalent relevant experience, required; MA/MS degree, or equivalent relevant experience, preferred

+ Minimum 10-15 years proven leadership in a Manufacturing environment

+ Experience in Lean Enterprise business system/environment, including Daily Management, Kaizen, and structured Problem-Solving processes

+ Deep understanding and minimum 5 years’ experience in FDA-regulated or other highly-regulated industries

+ Direct management of annual budgets of minimum $10M and/or business/products generating minimum $100M, with a proven track record of shareholder value creation.

+ Track-record of structured, process-based, continuous improvement; proven facts and numbers-based leadership capability in systems like “lean” and or environment, including Daily Management, Kaizen, and structured Problem-Solving processes

It would be a plus if you also possess previous experience in:

+ Diagnostics and/or Medical Device Industry; understanding of the complexities of working in an industry where compliance to regulation is a must

+ Leading teams and driving change in a global matrixed organization

The salary range for this role is 190,000 – 220,000 USD. This is the range that we in good faith believe is the range of possible compensation for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range. This range may be modified in the future.

This job is also eligible for bonus/incentive pay.

We offer comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance, and 401(k) to eligible employees.

Note: No amount of pay is considered to be wages or compensation until such amount is earned, vested, and determinable. The amount and availability of any bonus, commission, benefits, or any other form of compensation and benefits that are allocable to a particular employee remains in the Company’s sole discretion unless and until paid and may be modified at the Company’s sole discretion, consistent with the law.

At Danaher we bring together science, technology and operational capabilities to accelerate the real-life impact of tomorrow’s science and technology. We partner with customers across the globe to help them solve their most complex challenges, architecting solutions that bring the power of science to life. Our global teams are pioneering what’s next across Life Sciences, Diagnostics, Biotechnology and beyond. For more information, visit

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.

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Job Posting: JC260255991

Posted On: May 23, 2024

Updated On: Jun 19, 2024

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