Continuous Improvement Manager

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Stanley Black & Decker
    February 1, 2021
    Dexter, United States of America
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    In this position, you will support the team as a Continuous Improvement Site Manager. This position seeks a self-motivated, creative individual aimed at improving our business performance by applying best practice improvement tools to become productive, satisfy our customers, and deliver more value to our shareholders. The successful candidate will improve our work environment safely, drive quality improvements, provide premier customer service, develop a qualified workforce, reduce operating costs, inventories, and lead times through continuous improvement in the site systems. In this role, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing and deploying continuous improvement initiatives within the SINF’s Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing Teams.
    The successful candidate who performs well in this role will have growth opportunities available within the business. Learn more about the Stanley Infrastructure business at and learn more about Stanley Black & Decker at



    • Foster the adoption of continuous improvement as a way life; creating a culture of change.
    • Champion and lead initiatives that integrate Lean/Sigma throughout the facility, using continuous improvement (CI) tools such as; kaizen events, 5S, Six-Sigma, “standard work”, OEE, mistake proofing, etc. to reduce waste, optimize capital assets and improving material flow.
    • Establish and champion the 5S process within the facility.
    • Primary site contact for Stanley Production System Implementation (liaison with Harris Lean Systems Sensei)
    • Assist in the identification and cross leveraging of best practices across the entire NA Operations team.
    • Build strong and positive working relationships with all functional areas.
    • Lead the implementation, coordination, and evaluation of continuous improvement actions across the extended value streams to eliminate waste and achieve targets.
    • Responsible for coaching the site leadership team in achieving the Site KPIs aligned with the site performance and CI goals.
    • Support the integration of previously unconnected processes (departments) into appropriately (shared resources) interconnected extended value streams as seen from the customer’s perspective.
    • Support the development and utilization of current and future state value stream maps to identify strategic projects and corresponding rolling 12-month implementation plans that are aligned with the company’s strategic direction.
    • Work with internal/external suppliers and customers on improving the total enterprise.
    • Support the identification of production requirements within the site ensuring alignment with process departments on needed capacity and priorities to achieve value stream goals along with the development and deployment of appropriate planning, replenishment and signaling tools and methodologies aligned with key engagement in business S&OP process.
    • Responsible for developing and deploying the Site(s) daily accountability process and employing problem solving methodologies to determine root cause and develop countermeasures for misses to daily targets, identifying and ensuring resolution of system issues and ensuring the successful accomplishment of extended value stream customer expectations.
    • Ensure consistent application of CI methodology and standard work in alignment with CI peers from other locations.
    • Leadership by example, supporting activities as needed or assigned by manager.
    • Contribute to the manufacturing facility to achieve productivity, inventory, quality, throughput, space, and safety objectives established for the facility
    • Develop a training and education plan to ensure associates possess the knowledge and skill required to implement and maintain Lean/Sigma efforts
    • Commit to the Environmental Health and Safety Mission, being a top business priority, and strive to implement best practices to exceed regulatory compliance.
    • Cell development and improvements
    • Material flow and elimination of Powered Industrial Vehicles
    • Plan and coordinate Lean/Sigma events within the supply chain.
    • Select and develop kaizen event leaders
    • Facilitate creative visual manufacturing boards throughout the facility.
    • Perform 5S audits to ensure gains are made and to sustain improvements
    • Sustain gains implemented through kaizen events.
    • Utilize suppliers in Kaizen events to assist in the transition to CFM as needed.
    • Function as a change agent.
    • Contribute to new products and product transfers are integrated into facility using CFM techniques
    • Ensure “standard work” is vigorously implemented using straightforward work instructions to sustain the improvements
    • Plan and coordinate six-sigma projects
    • Lead the follow-up efforts established from Kaizen events
    • All other duties as assigned.



    • Sitting/Standing/Walking throughout the work day
    • Ability to utilize computer and keyboard
    • Twisting/Bending/Stretching
    • Lifting up to 50lbs



    • Bachelor’s degree (B.S. or B.A.) in Engineering or related field
    • Advanced degree (MBA/MS) a plus
    • Lean Certification a plus
    • Six Sigma Black Belt a plus
    • Five years’ management experience in manufacturing environment is preferred
    • Strong quantitative and analytical skills
    • Working knowledge in the use of Statistical Quality Control metrics preferred.
    • Proficiency in-group and individual training techniques, including “train the trainer” tasks.
    • Ability to develop valuable process maps.
    • Ability to manage multiple projects
    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively facilitate and communicate at all levels of the organization.
    • Must be results oriented, energetic, proactive, a team player, with the ability to think conceptually and strategically
    • Ability to effectively present information to varying groups of managers, executives, or other groups of associates.

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