Continous Improvement Leader / DBS Leader


Ames, IA

Hach is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of analytical instruments, test kits and reagents for testing the quality of water, aqueous solutions and air. Our products are designed specifically for quality, accuracy, and simplicity. Strengthened by our sister companies in the environmental industry worldwide, our goal for the future is to continue to provide customers with reliable instrumentation, accurately prepared reagents, proven methods, simplified procedures and outstanding technical support. We offer an environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at Hach will provide you the opportunity for robust career development.

OUR MISSION: Ensure water quality for people around the world.

OUR VISION: We make water analysis better – faster, simpler, greener and more informative – via unsurpassed customer partnerships, the most knowledgeable experts, and reliable, easy-to-use products.


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.


  • Own and drive Danaher Business System (continuous improvement) rigor throughout the plant:

    • Build and maintain the DBS / Kaizen Funnel to achieve 1x kaizens per people leader, prioritized to drive impact on critical KPIs

    • Coach stakeholders through kaizen process from kaizen identification, charter development, kaizen execution, and sustainment

    • Personally lead and/or facilitate kaizen events every 6-weeks while modeling ‘Best Team Wins’ coaching and facilitation behaviors

    • Hold stakeholders accountable for sustainment of improvement results from DBS / Kaizen events at a rate >80%

    • Develop a funnel for certified practitioners that are the lean tool experts at he site.

  • Act as knowledgeable business partner to for the teams and drive measurable improvement in critical KPIs:

    • Analyze data and processes to improve KPIs

    • Assist in the development of action plans to drive measurable improvement in KPIs; track progress via daily management and deploy problem solving where required

    • Lead and/or provide recommendations for the identification and selection of improvement projects, including insights to support strategic planning and policy deployment

    • Responsible for the daily implementation of DBS processes and tools including daily management, action plans, and problem solving

    • Participate in appropriate KPI and leadership forums and provide effective coaching to achieve annual targets

  • Improve DBS capability through coaching, facilitation, and personal development:

    • Build personal DBS and continuous improvement capability through focused tool training

    • Train associates and leaders in various DBS tools

    • Communicate and drive “Best Practices” across the busines

    • Work with the Global Hach DBS team and Corporate DBSO (Danaher Business System Office) to schedule events and supply needed resources / expertise

    • Influence change management

  • Coach and support the annual strategic planning process at the plant and translate long-term vision into measurable yearly targets


• Work as part of the team

• Support NPI and open innovation activities

• Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree or appropriate background with related work experience.

  • Experience with 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.

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

  • 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.



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.

When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 80,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System tools and the stability of a tested organization.

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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We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at to request accommodation.

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