Continuous Improvement Leader

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Stryten Manufacturing
April 23, 2021
Fort Smith, AR
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The Continuous Improvement Manager is responsible for developing and implementing a plant-wide team system to develop a culture of improving key performance indicators such as manufacturing OEE, product quality, waste reduction, energy conservation, safety and operating costs. The CI Manager will utilize Lean, Six Sigma, and 6S methodologies, techniques, and tools to facilitate the transfer of such learning in the plant and develop individual champions and teams necessary to support continuous improvement activities consistent with business goals. Focus is on conducting these activities in conjunction with other organizational functional leaders and members to solicit support for implementing continuous improvements to all processes. The incumbent provides direction, guidance, and support to a team of engineers.

Develop a Lean/Six Sigma strategy for the plant to include specific goals, objectives, timetables, action plans, and key leader (hourly and salaried) enlistment strategies
Responsible for the work of 2-5 direct report engineers
Evaluate performance of direct reports and provide periodic review of results; assist them to meet objectives, performance standards, quality, and other areas of responsibility
Train and mentor the leadership team and engineering staff in the principles, methods, and applications of the Lean process such that continuous improvement efforts are integrated into change management processes
Coordinate plant level Lean/Six Sigma initiatives with Stryten's continuous improvement initiatives to ensure optimum use of resources and minimize redundancies
Coordinate efforts with functional leaders, supervisors, and hourly associates in identifying improvement opportunities within the plant and develop justifications to substantiate potential cost savings to the plant
Conduct time and motion studies and/or utilize value stream mapping and process charting establish and validate production standards and to troubleshoot and streamline work flows
Foster and support the development of his/her team and of continuous improvement teams
Participate in training and development programs including all areas of environmental, health and safety issues, especially those dealing with proper handling of hazardous materials and hazardous waste
Must be able to follow written and verbal instructions, work procedures, standard operating practices, and directions without immediate supervision
Have independent problem-solving and decision-making skills
Other duties as assigned

Education, Experience, Certifications:
Technical degree in science, statistics, engineering, or quality preferred
Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from and accredited organization
Black Belt or Master Black Belt preferred
Minimum of 4 years’ experience in a leadership position leading technical employees
10 years’ experience in industrial manufacturing environment with excellent track record of business results and increasingly higher levels of responsibility in line operations or engineering leadership roles
Minimum 3 years of experience in leading site level continuous improvement efforts and projects using Lean, 5s, and DMAIC methodologies
Experience in team development – problem solving, conflict resolution, building cooperative relationships, and effective communications

Competencies, Skills, Knowledge:
Proven track record of developing, training, and coaching
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Leadership experience with significant and verifiable results
Effective coaching and mentoring skills
Experience in manufacturing plants and processes
Proficient in problem solving – Kaizen, LPA, 5s, VSM, DMAIC, Ishikawa, 5 why, etc.
Knowledgeable in APQP methodology; Control Plans, FMEAs, MSAs, and PPAPs
Self-motivated and able to demonstrate leadership, team, and individual contributor accomplishments
Passion for driving change in a complex environment
Ability to communicate with senior levels of the organization
Strong verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills

Other Categories as Required:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, individual is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear
Individual is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
Ability to occasionally lift a minimum 50lbs, regularly lift a minimum 25lbs on a daily basis and 51 to 150lbs with assistance of equipment on a daily to weekly basis
Regular use of safety glasses and steel toed shoes
Limited to regular use of respirator depending on project or department assignment
Vision requirements: close vision.
Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, individual is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles
Individual occasionally exposed to hazardous places; toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock
Noise level is minimal to loud
Regularly working in a dirty lead contaminated area and must wear a uniform and safety shoes in that area to prevent the tracking and / or possible lead contamination of other clean areas or outside of regulated areas
Travel maybe required occasionally within North America

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