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Rapid Micro Biosystems Continuous Improvement Leader in Lowell, Massachusetts

The Continuous Improvement Leader is responsible for the implementation of Enterprise Excellence for the Systems Manufacturing organization while building a culture of continuous improvement. The Continuous Improvement Engineer will drive improvements in Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, and Culture (SQDC) through partnership with functional owners in the organization. They will drive process improvements, set work standards, evaluate operational and product costs, review operating procedures, determine the optimal process flows, and perform project management functions.


  • Be a vital member of the Growth Direct Systems Manufacturing team who is responsible for continuous improvement and lean initiatives.

  • Responsible for implementing and sustaining a structured problem-solving approach.

  • Responsible for the completion of process improvement projects.

  • Responsible for year over year cost savings.

  • Actively develop, teach, and utilize process improvement methodologies including, but not limited to: Safety, Creating Flow, Gemba Walks, 5S + 8 Wastes, Visual Management, Standard Work, DMAIC and A3 Problem Solving, Kaizen, Error Proofing (Poka Yoke), and Process and Value Stream Mapping.

  • Provide Lean assistance and mentorship to other members of the organization.

  • Collect production data, analyze outputs, and determine the corrective course of action to promote safety quality and efficiency.

  • Exhibit safety awareness and promote a world-class safety culture while adhering to established Environmental Health and Safety policies and procedures.

  • Follow manufacturing protocols for hygiene & PPE

  • Work collaboratively in a team environment.

  • Works safely according to company and OSHA guidelines.


  • Education:

  • Bachelor?s degree in Engineering, Business or related field.

  • Knowledge/Experience (Nice to have):

  • Knowledge of robotic or electro-mechanical systems.

  • Working knowledge of EH&S, cGMP, and ISO guidelines.

  • Familiarity with FDA regulations a plus.

  • Experience with Minitab Companion a plus.

  • Proven skills (must have):

  • Must have practical experience in process improvement, managing projects, and lean implementation within a manufacturing environment.

  • Strong critical thinking, problem-solving, change management, and mathematic skills.

  • Working knowledge of International Quality and Regulatory requirements is preferred (FDA?s 21 CFR Part 820, ISO 13485).

  • Ability to design, develop, implement, and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment, and cost.

  • Proven track record of successful process improvements resulting in improved safety, quality, delivery, productivity, and cost, and culture.

  • Proven Minitab experience.

  • Capable of performing root cause analysis to determine cause and solutions to various technical manufacturing issues.

  • Product costing knowledge and ability to identify opportunities for cost reduction.

  • Desirable Certifications: Lean Practitioner, Six Sigma, and related certifications (Green Belt, Black Belt).

  • Process-focused / Results -driven and displays high energy and enthusiasm in challenging the status quo and driving continuous improvement.

  • Team player with good interpersonal skills.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Intermediate skill level with Microsoft Excel (creating macros is a plus).

  • Evaluates facts and solutions comprehensively.

  • Able to travel as required to complete tasks and training.

  • Must work well with others across many disciplines.

  • Ability to prioritize workload proactively and expeditiously.

  • Highly motivated.

  • Good problem-solving skills.

  • Good mechanical aptitude and skills.


  • Must be able to read and write English

  • Close visual acuity to work on a computer and to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of work

  • Appropriate gowning procedures will be required for access to cleanroom (hairnet, safety glasses, cleanroom apparel/lab coats, gloves)

Occasional environmental odors may be present

SPECIAL NOTICE: How do we protect our employees from COVID-19?

Our Lowell facility is fully CDC compliant and as well we follow the State of Massachusetts and local guidelines. At Rapid Micro Biosystems employee health & safety is our top priority. We have implemented and maintain precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at our facility. We provide masks, appropriate PPE gear, and hand sanitizer to all essential employees who must report to work. Before entering the facility, employees have their temperatures checked. In addition, we take great care that all frequently touched surface areas are sanitized throughout the day, as well our facility is fully cleaned daily.


Rapid Micro Biosystems creates, sells, validates, and services innovative products for fast, accurate, and efficient detection of microbial contamination in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, biologics, biotechnology products, medical devices, and personal care products.

The company?s Growth Directthe first and only growth-based system to automate rapid compendial QC Micro testing?ensures data integrity, compliance, and operational efficiencies driven by rapid methods and automation.

Rapid Micro Biosystems is dedicated to providing groundbreaking technology and products to support companies in their journey to achieve greater reliability, efficiency, and better predictability, ultimately providing higher quality products for improved patient outcomes.

Rapid Micro Biosystems is headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, with operations in Lowell and Freising, Germany.

Equal Opportunity:

Rapid Micro Biosystems is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity. Applicants for employment and employees are reviewed on their individual qualifications for a position. Under no circumstances will Rapid Micro Biosystems discriminate against qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religious creed, retaliation, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, mental illness, genetics, choice of health insurance, marital status, age, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited under applicable law.

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