The Lean Manager / Continuous Improvement Manager is responsible for leading, managing, and facilitating the transition to Lean/Sigma Manufacturing at the facility level. Primary responsibility is to ensure there is an effective transformation from traditional batch manufacturing to Lean/Sigma Manufacturing by removing waste from the value stream and improving throughput to develop the future state value stream map for the facility.
Champion and lead initiatives that integrate Lean/Sigma throughout the facility, using continuous improvement (CI) tools such as; Kaizen events, 6-S, Six-Sigma, “standard work”, OEE, mistake proofing, etc. to reduce waste, optimize capital assets and improving throughput.
Contribute to the manufacturing facility to achieve productivity, inventory, quality, throughput, space, and safety objectives established for the facility
Establish and champion the 6-S process within the facility.
Develop a training and education plan
Commit to the Environmental Health and Safety Mission, being a top business priority, and strive to implement best practices to exceed regulatory compliance.
Plan and coordinate Lean/Sigma events within the supply chain.
Select and develop Kaizen event leaders
Facilitate creative visual manufacturing boards throughout the facility.
Perform 6-S audits to ensure gains are made and to sustain improvements
Sustain gains implemented through Kaizen events.
Utilize suppliers in Kaizen events to assist in the transition to CFM as needed.
Function as a change agent.
Contribute to new products and product transfers are integrated into facility using CFM techniques
Ensure “standard work” is vigorously implemented using straightforward work instructions to sustain the improvements
Plan and coordinate Six-Sigma projects
Lead the follow-up efforts established from Kaizen events
This position is not eligible for Visa sponsorship.
EEO STATEMENT: All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected characteristic.
Bachelor’s degree (B.S. or B.A.) in Engineering or related field
Advanced degree (MBA/MS) a plus
Lean Certification a plus
Six Sigma Black Belt a plus
Five years’ management experience in manufacturing environment is required.
Strong quantitative and analytical skills
Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
Working knowledge in the use of Statistical Quality Control metrics preferred.
Proficiency in-group and individual training techniques, including “train the trainer” tasks.
Ability to develop valuable process maps.
Ability to manage multiple projects
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively facilitate and communicate at all levels of the organization.
Must be results oriented, energetic, proactive, a team player, with the ability to think conceptually and strategically
Ability to effectively present information to varying groups of managers, executives, or other groups of associates.