Continuous Improvement Manager
Michigan, Grand Rapids-Muskegon-
* Initiates and facilitates lean improvement programs and activities.
* Responsible for leadership and development of programs that educate teammates about lean concepts that lead to the identification, development, and implementation of improvements for all operations.
* Typical improvement activity results in improved safety, productivity, quality, and cost reductions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Directs and facilitates the ongoing lean improvement process through the use of techniques such as Kaizen, 5 S, TPM, Kanban, Policy Deployment, etc.
Provides lean improvement orientation and on-the-job training for teammates and ensures that the responsibilities are defined and understood, and oversees the lean projects.
Teach others to lead improvement efforts, including training on effective tools for successful project leadership.
Identify ongoing lean improvement training needs and assist with developing and implementing the required training.
Ensure that appropriate safety and ergonomic processes and methods are being utilized.
Identify needs relating to improvements in safety/ergonomics and assist in developing and implementing solutions to these issues.
Establish metrics to monitor financial savings as compared to established goals and targets.
Develop and maintain annual value stream mapping efforts, CI plans, and calendars.
Provide support to external customers in support of all the operation s value added initiatives.
Ability to engage a cross-functional team towards a desired outcome.
Strong change management skills to include the practical implementation of Lean Manufacturing Principles and Concepts.
Problem analysis and problem resolution at both a strategic and functional level.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Strong leadership, problem solving and analytical skills.
Ability to organize and plan use of time and people effectively and efficiently.
BS, BA or similar degree with an emphasis in manufacturing, or equivalent is desired
Full working knowledge of Lean Concepts with demonstrated success
Six Sigma experience is a plus
Proven analysis and presentation skills including use of common tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Minimum of 5 years manufacturing experience preferred