Director, Continuous Improvement

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April 1, 2021
Brentwood, TN
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Primary Duties:

  • Partners with senior leadership to develop tactical plans and structure required to ensure a highly effective and sustainable Lean Methodology is deployed
  • Manages a team of Industrial Engineers with a continuous improvement focus
  • Oversees lean initiatives and CI strategy across within region and functions
  • Serves as the thought leader in the Lean culture change driving the transition and the complete enculturation of lean into the site and the company
  • Drives best practices and the lean culture transition
  • Facilitates complete ownership of the Lean transition including driving the Value Stream Mapping projects and Kaizen Burst events through planning, facilitation, and post event follow up and closure
  • Coaches and mentors site lean leaders to be able to “train the trainer”
  • Coaches and mentors leaders facilitating important conversations between departments and across regional sites
  • Implements Lean practices including facilitation, workshop facilitation, executive coaching, training, process documentation, and analysis
  • Develops and maintains Lean training materials and curriculum, to enable continued development of internal capability in application of these materials
  • Communicates and coordinates lean initiatives throughout the site and the organization to interested parties of varying technical knowledge levels from executive to Lean practitioners.
  • Translates performance improvements to financial values that align with corporate goals.
  • Trains organization in Lean, 5S, and six sigma and promotes accountability throughout the organization
  • Interfaces with customers and vendors facilitating across company improvements and process changes.
  • Willingness to travel up to 25%
  • Other duties as required and assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Engineering or other technical discipline) or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in Continuous Process Improvement
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience leading Lean Kaizen, 5S, Value Stream Mapping, process Flow Mapping, and overall company culture changes.
  • Experience in Engineering, Operations, and Project Management, including project team leader
  • Six Sigma Certification (Black Belt Preferred)
  • Advanced analytical and presentation skills (3+ years)
  • PC literate with experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Access and Excel

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills that demonstrate a proven ability to develop relationships with a range of internal and external customers
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Excellent attention to detail, troubleshooting, and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, innovative and entrepreneurial environment.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manual
  • Able to lead, organize, and complete multiple complex technical projects
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form
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