Manager, Continuous Improvement

Supply Chain
Bloomfield, CT

November 5, 2019

Imagine…working for a company that knows that its people are the key to its success in the marketplace. A company in which achieving extraordinary results and having a stimulating work experience are part of the same process.

We cultivate and embrace a diverse employee population. We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives fuel our growth and enrich our global culture.

We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference.

General Summary

Reporting to the Plant Manager, the Continuous Improvement Manager will be responsible for using Lean Six Sigma methodology to drive operational process improvements. This position will identify, develop, and execute Lean Six Sigma events at the plant. The Continuous Improvement Manager will provide mentoring, coaching and training as needed at the plant to support the use of the Lean Six Sigma methodology and tools.

Principle Accountabilities:

  • Identify and drive improvement opportunities in productivity, material consumption, other operation expenses, quality, safety and space utiliation by leading Kaizen Events, 5S, Kanban, Root Cause Analysis and other CI efforts.
  • Develop and maintain both short and long-term Continuous Improvement Strategy.
  • Act as a change agent, systematically driving the use of Lean Six Sigma for continuous improvement and change throughout the plant.
  • Identify and deploy Lean Six Sigma best practices within the plant and across benchmark facilities, actively develop and improve the focus improvement function and discipline by sharing best practices and projects with peers at other sites.
  • Coaches and mentors employees on the practical application of lean manufacturing and Six Sigma tools, and other continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Develops, communicates and implements key metrics to monitor progress and effectiveness of process improvement initiatives.
  • Responsible for managing plant data to identify impactful business opportunities and drive OEE performance.
  • Serve as a Power User for the Mexvision system.
  • Key member of plant safety steering committee primarily focused on identifying risk reduction opportunities; leading teams; and ownership of a safety audit section.
  • Act as a liaison with Corporate on the OpEx Network Strategy.

Job Complexity:

  • Extensive use of advanced problem solving and trouble-shooting to significantly impact plant improvement projects and action plans.
  • Managing multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize based on business needs.
  • Interface with and influence multiple functions and at multiple organization levels, both at the plant and corporate.
  • Ability to overcome resistance to organizational change, influence both hourly and salaried employees to embrace it, and lead the change initiative.
  • Requires high level of plant floor presence to establish extensive knowledge of processes and opportunities for improvement. Engaging employees at all levels in identifying solutions.
  • Must be able to present relatively complex continuous improvement concepts effectively to diverse groups ranging from hourly production employees to leadership team members.
  • Utilize lean concepts and methodologies, evaluate their application and make recommendations for improvements.

Job Specifications:

Required Education:

Bachelor’s degree in organizational development, Process Engineering, or a related field (or equivalent combination of education and experience).

Years of relevant experience:  

Practical lean experience and/or training with a minimum of 3 or more years of experience in a manufacturing environment successfully leading and implementing process improvement initiatives utilizing Lean Manufacturing principles, Six Sigma tools, and Visual factory / 5S programs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required:

Direct experience successfully leading and implementing process improvement initiatives utilizing the following concepts and techniques:

  • Lean Manufacturing principles
  • Six Sigma tools
  • Certification or equivalent training and experience as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
  • Visual factory / 5S programs
  • Ability to lead large-scale, continuous improvement/organizational change initiatives.
  • Strong facilitation skills, with experience in training development and deployment.
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written).
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, team environment.
  • Drive for results.

Working Conditions:

The working environment includes both office and plant floor settings.  Exposure to industrial noise, forklift traffic, moving mechanical parts, and temperature extremes occurs in operating areas of the plant.

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