Continuous Improvement (Lean) Coordinator

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November 19, 2020
Sumter, SC
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In the Continuous Improvement (Lean) Coordinator role, you will be responsible for the lean transformation of the shop manage, plan, coordinate and lead the deployment of the Eaton Lean System and Continuous Improvement Framework throughout the Sumter facility in support of strategic goals and objectives. This position is a manager of people with responsibility for a team of Lean Technicians.

Making what matters work at Eaton takes the passion of every employee around the world. We create an environment where creativity, invention and discovery become reality, each and every day. It’s where bold, bright professionals like you can reach your full potential—and where you can help us reach ours.

In this role you will:

  • Initiate and facilitate successful Kaikaku-Kaizen events / Continuous Improvement Events, and BPI’s for the Sumter facility
  • Serve as Tool Expert in all ELS/CI Tools with emphasis on Value Stream Mapping
  • Develop local ELS/CI Tool Champions and Experts by providing training and consulting support
  • Perform and validate ELS assessments when required
  • Implement identified Eaton best practices and drive integration of best practices internally.
  • Coach, mentor, develop and conduct performance reviews for your direct reports
  • Manage the budget assigned to the ELS activity center
  • Be responsible for attainment of ELS Assessment and ELSS Cost Savings objectives
  • Provide regular ELSS/CI status updates to the senior leadership team
  • Support in other areas of Operational Excellence (EHS, EBE, EQS, EBS Pull and Quality Systems) as needed
  • Serve as an active member of the Sumter facility’s Extended Leadership team, providing input for strategy, direction & continuous improvement
  • Drive Continuous Improvement Framework (CIF) deployment (visual controls, process standardization, leader Standard Work, Gemba walks, manning strategy, daily accountability, process checks and CI for everyone)
  • Analyze and develop reports related to operational and ELSS functional requirements

When we embrace the different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds that make each of us unique, we — as individuals and as a company — are stronger.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum four (4) years working in a manufacturing environment.
  • Minimum two (2) years working in lean manufacturing or continuous improvement projects.
  • Minimum one (1) year of experience leading large Lean Action Workouts or Kaizen events.
  • Minimum one (1) year experience managing people and/or leading project teams.
  • Must be able to work in the U.S on a continuous basis without company sponsorship now or in the future.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification
  • Exposure to Shingijutsu training/events or Continuous Improvement training/events
  • Proficiency with components of Eaton Lean Six Sigma, Eaton Business Excellence, EHS, ProLaunch

Position Criteria:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in communication skills (written, verbal, computer) required
  • Demonstrated proficiency with lean manufacturing tools/elements: VSM, 1 pc flow, level loading, PR/PQ Matrix, standard work, pacing mechanisms (such as moving lines)
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to support customer and manufacturing requirements
  • Ability to inspire change on teams reporting and not reporting to he/she

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; reach at or above shoulder level; grip; and use hands to handle and feel. The employee is frequently required to walk; stoop; lift; carry; push; pull; and grip. The employee is frequently required to lift/carry up to 35 pounds. The employee is frequently required to push/pull up to or greater than 35 pounds. The vision requirements include far and close vision with depth perception and color discrimination. While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to listen and to talk.

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