CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT MANAGER

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CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT MANAGER
The CI Manager has overall responsibility for leading and driving Continuous Improvement (CI) across the entire Company site. Trains, coaches, and directly applies lean tools and principles to all business functions within Company value streams. This leader will work with site and platform/BU leadership to achieve significant improvements to business processes that are linked to site strategy and focused on the customer, resulting in balanced scorecard improvements.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Lead and manage all standardized CI activities across the site, aligned with the Company CI business system
Act as a change agent, systematically driving a CI culture
Facilitate strategy deployment and goal deployment across all site functions and multiple value streams, and maintain a site-wide lean roadmap aimed at meeting site business goals, including productivity, quality, delivery, and customer allegiance
Champion, measure, and report on site productivity savings to meet AOP goals
Train and lead kaizen and lean workshops to site leaders and associates, including VSM, daily management, standard work, problem solving, 3P/layout, cell design, material flow, TPM, SMED, 5S and visual management
Identify business opportunities for improvement
Identify internal and external best practices, and share across the site and Watts
Lead site CI steering committee
Facilitate the development and maintenance of an ongoing project funnel, being filled from all areas of the business
Facilitate the development of a healthy cross-functional group of qualified lean tool experts
EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s degree; technical engineering discipline
MANAGEMENT/SUPERVISION:
Up to 4 direct reports
QUALIFICATIONS:
Formal CI training and certification
Minimum of 5 years of hands-on lean kaizen, including VSM, daily management, standard work, cell design, material flow, TPM, SMED, 3P/layout, 5S and visual management
Lean experience from a company with a strong, formal lean business system
Solid lean tool technical skills, project management experience and decision-making capability
Minimum of 5 years manufacturing experience in a machining/assembly environment
Working knowledge of multiple business functions, including operations, quality, logistics, finance, sales, customer service, engineering, IT and human resources
Experience leading strategy deployment and goal deployment, and developing a site-side lean roadmap with demonstrated results
Experience training and coaching a formal problem-solving methodology
Proven track record leading and coaching week-long kaizen teams with an emphasis on execution
Ability to influence cross-functional site leadership, with excellent written and verbal communication skills; well respected by leadership and associates
Ability to effectively lead and manage change
Hands-on approach
Advanced computer proficiency in Excel, Word and PowerPoint
WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Work in manufacturing and office environments
TRAVEL:
Travel typically 10%, but can have periods of 50%, e.g. coordinating the transition of product lines from other company manufacturing sites.

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