*Must have continuous improvement background with proven results such as KPI’s, Lean, Six Sigma, Kaizen, etc.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Continuous Improvement Manager will be a self-directed leader tasked with implementing a LEAN culture. This role will be focused on training associates in LEAN processes and tools, and executing constant sustained projects and improvements. They will integrate the LEAN process throughout the facility driving quality, cost & productivity. They will be involved in long-term strategic planning, contribute to the overall business strategy and be an active member of the operations team.
Primary duties and responsibilities:
1. Stretching the organization by creating a learning environment/culture, problem solving, envisioning the future state condition, and leading towards fulfillment.
2. Resolving workflow bottle necks and pinch points to achieve maximum efficiency.
3. Implementing manufacturing and continuous improvement strategies and goals across all functions and departments as assigned.
4. Coordinating available resources to ensure the most efficient project improvements, maintenance and utilization.
5. Providing support to the plants, engineering, supply chain, quality, sales and other stakeholders, on process improvement activities to positively impact, quality, cost control and continuous improvement efforts.
6. Working cross-functionally to optimize yields, quality, throughput and profitability.
7. Utilizing performance management, problem solving, and lean/six sigma tools as well as training, coaching, and influence skills to achieve specific organizational change and financial objectives.
8. Assisting plant in developing, maintaining and documenting process changes and process control where appropriate.
9. Initiate and implement new processes and projects in the plant for continuous improvement.
10. Being a resource for equipment operating specifications, process changes, and manufacturing guidelines so the plants can develop, document, implement and maintain standard operating procedures.
11. Analyzing and reporting progress against cost saving initiatives as assigned.
Following are the required competencies of the position that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job:
• Computer Skills: Ability to operate all information technology related business systems, programs and applications in a manner that achieves efficiency, accuracy, and relevancy of information processing and reporting as it applies to this position.
• Communication Skills: Ability to read and interpret documents such as invoices, company policies, SOP’s and various technical documents. Ability to process reports and correspondences. Ability to communicate effectively with employees and others. Ability to effectively present information.
• Mathematical Skills: Ability to apply typical continuous improvement methods, statistics and the like, to justify process changes/improvements. Ability to correctly add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
• Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply basic understanding to carry out detailed and involved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations. Ability to process, interpret and apply continuous improvement statistical data into actionable items.
• Other Skills & Abilities: Requires the ability to operate a variety of standard business machines. The ability to drive a motor vehicle, and maintain a valid driver’s license. Responsibility for supervision of continuous improvement initiatives as assigned which will require frequent supervision of action teams across the organization. The position will be expected to manage resources without direct reporting relationships in order to achieve expected results. The position may be assigned other continuous improvement resources to directly supervise but this will depend on a case by case basis depending on the focus area of each department resource (example: maintenance).
Education, prior work experience and specialized skills and knowledge: This position requires a Bachelor Degree in a supply chain and/or manufacturing discipline with knowledge and experience in applying continuous improvement techniques (Lean, Six Sigma, TPM or similar) and five to ten years of job-related supply chain and/or manufacturing experience. Consideration will be given to candidates having experience equivalent to required education with a minimum of a green belt using identified tools.