Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Lean Industrial Engineer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Eurofins is searching for a Lean Industrial Engineer to lead site-specific initiatives and work with the team in the Lancaster, PA area. The Lean Industrial Engineer will support the implementation of the “Eurofins Operational Excellence” methodology (based on Lean/5S) and support other internal consulting initiatives/ projects to industrialize and optimize lab processes across all labs of the group.

Lean Industrial Engineer responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Run Operational Excellence projects. The first projects will have a strong focus on identifying and realizing quick wins to gain momentum for the overall initiative. Key for this assignment is the ability to interact with the local employees on all levels, provide on-going coaching and challenging. The change management aspect of these projects will be important. The project manager will run the day-to-day project management and implementation of these projects, including team management, creation and tracking/monitoring of project plans, escalation of challenges, identifying, implementing and testing solutions to identified operational issues, assessing overall impact, etc.

  • Define specifications, resulting from the operational excellence project. Any recommendation or solution resulting from an optimization project needs to be translated (if required) into specifications for IT or any involved other functional areas, including clear and well-documented business case (financial impact and cost of change, the importance for the business, feasibility, and complexity of implementation, etc.). Also, a continuing interface to IT has to be established to ensure IT implementation follows specifications and is implemented appropriately as defined in the operational excellence program.

  • The project manager will ensure that all recommended and tested solutions that require system support are properly documented and discussed with the relevant IT teams. He will also follow-up on the IT implementation to monitor scope, time and quality of the implementation to ensure all pilot recommendations are finally implemented and workable.

  • Support or lead the documentation of best practices, either as a result of the operational excellence program or as part of the “standardize lab footprints” initiative, requiring experience in analyzing and documenting processes (e.g. using swim lane diagrams, value stream mapping, etc)The project manager will be involved in documentation of new or existing best practices using the standard templates at Eurofins.

  • Support or lead other internal consulting initiatives. Depending on the workload and team composition, a project manager might also support or lead other internal consulting initiatives. They are expected to be a flexible team member of the “consulting pool” that can be assigned to different projects or initiatives, depending on the overall situation.

  • Support the implementation of the “Eurofins Operational Excellence Methodology”. This methodology is a practical and pragmatic collection of Lean/six sigma/5s methods specifically adapted to the testing laboratory world. The objective is to implement the defined project methodology on how to analyze a lab, identify and quantify improvement opportunities and finally define and implement appropriate solutions (resulting in higher productivity, lower turnaround time and/or lower cost). Will follow the documented methodology/tools and processes required to improve operational excellence, efficiency and cost in a Eurofins lab sustainably. The project manager will, with the support of the internal consulting team and other Eurofins experts, define and document parts of the methodology, review proposals from colleagues and lead/participate in workshops to challenge and further complete the methodology.

  • Support the implementation of the “Eurofins Operational Excellence Academy”. This academy is the tool to deploy the operational excellence methodology in lab-based projects. It contains all required training documents, training sessions and on-the-job training guides for participants of operational improvement projects, new employees, etc. This academy is the synthesis of the “Eurofins Operational Excellence Methodology” and should enable the effective training of a large number of employees in the key tools and approaches. The project manager will take ownership of running training, coaching front-line personnel, etc


Depending on the success, priorities, and timelines, proactive people are frequently being offered increased areas of responsibility (e.g. to run an initiative) or transfer to a position in the business.

The ideal candidate would possess:

  • Strong change management and project management skills

  • Strong computer, scientific, and organizational skills

  • Formal and on-the-job training of Lean/operational excellence concepts and at least 1 year of implementation experience

  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and attention to detail

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, self-motivation, adaptability, and a positive attitude

  • Ability to learn new techniques, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, keep accurate records, follow instructions, and comply with company policies

  • Strong interpersonal and management skills, with an ability to manage multiple persons and projects in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to plan and carry out responsibilities with minimal direction

  • Advance level of proficiency in all Microsoft programs, especially Excel

  • Lean Certification by an accredited body preferred

Basic Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Science; Industrial Engineering preferred

  • At least 1 year of related experience; alternatively, significant internship experience working on Lean or operational excellence projects

  • Authorization to work in the United States indefinitely without restriction or sponsorship

The position is full-time, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with overtime as needed. Candidates currently living within a commutable distance of Lancaster, Pennsylvania are encouraged to apply.

As a Eurofins Lancaster Labs employee, you will become part of a company that has received national recognition as a great place to work. We offer excellent full-time benefits including comprehensive medical coverage, life and disability insurance, 401(k) with company match, paid holidays and vacation, personal days, and dental and vision options.

To learn more about Eurofins, please explore our website

Eurofins is a M/F, Disabled, and Veteran Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.


Organization: Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Inc.

Location: PA, Lancaster

Job Code: 12834