Lean Six Sigma Leader

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Kimberly-Clark Corporation
November 20, 2020
New Milford, CT
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Lead the development, deployment, strategy, projects and teaching of Lean Six Sigma (LSS) mindset, philosophy and tools across the manufacturing site. This role will provide technical leadership and subject matter expertise to drive variability reduction, sustain process optimization and value delivery through the use of continuous improvement tools and Lean Six Sigma structured problem-solving methodology.


The incumbent reports to the site Continuous Improvement and Capabilities Manager. The position is responsible for engaging team members across the manufacturing site to drive continuous improvement through focused problem solving of complex problems. Additional scope includes providing cost savings/optimization program development for the manufacturing site that proactively supports business strategies and teaching, coaching and mentoring other team members in Lean Six Sigma thinking and tools. Actively pursues and supports standard solutions across the site and within the KCNA Supply Chain.

Key Customers:

Internal to Mill: Mill Management, Operations, Maintenance and Site Engineering Teams

Internal to Region: KCNA Supply Chain Management, other LSS leaders across KCNA and the Global Supply Chain team

Accountabilities and Responsibilities:


  • Support and Champion Environmental, Health and Safety in your manufacturing site by driving educational and behavioral processes to a world class level, through the application of LSS thinking, processes and tools
  • Support loss control throughout the organization by reinforcing safety systems that demonstrate safety as a value
  • Fully comply with site and corporate loss management policies


  • Ensure 5-year cost transformation strategy protects product quality
  • Provide technical insight for improvement initiatives for process capability, precision maintenance work execution and minimizing Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ)
  • Provide technical expertise and Lean Six Sigma tools to align equipment, products, processes, materials, systems, and procedures to achieve business objectives
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements


  • Build 5-year cost transformation plan that enables delivery and implementation of processes to launch new product innovation and lead high impact projects to continue to embed the continuous improvement mindset with engineers
  • Lead the continuous growth and application of Lean Six Sigma methodology across the site
  • Conceive, develop, validate, and share ideas leading to new or improved processes and systems to realize objectives
  • Assist teams and leadership within the plants to select, prioritize, and charter Lean Six Sigma projects
  • Encourage and mentor resources trained in Lean Six Sigma methods to continue to apply methods
  • Mentor belting candidates as Lean Six Sigma methods are applied with their assigned projects
  • Identify and eliminate sources of variation and waste using Lean Six Sigma structured problem-solving methodology
  • Teach team members and build capabilities in Lean Six Sigma structured problem-solving methodology
  • Develop and maintain the ECS playbooks
  • Develop and implement the ECS monitoring process with visual management
  • Drive technical strategy across multiple assets/mills to deliver large scale change
  • Share ideas and partner with regional and global Lean Six Sigma leaders to influence Lean Six Sigma deployment across K-C
  • Analyze expected improvements and routinely report project status or results to the management team using standardized metrics
  • Coordinate cross-departmental projects to implement changes for improved performance
  • When needed, perform analyses such as process and/or value stream mapping, root-cause, risk, and requirements data gathering
  • Ensure projects/tasks meet objectives within applicable corporate policies
  • Place emphasis on CFI’s and Internal Control

Education, Experience and Qualifications:

  • Position typically requires a bachelor’s or advanced degree in engineering or relevant scientific discipline and 7 – 10 years of related experience
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a high-speed industrial manufacturing environment/plant experience
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a Lean and/or Six Sigma environment
  • The incumbent would typically have significant experience in several of the following: Supply Chain, Engineering, Operations, Lean Manufacturing, and Maintenance
  • Leadership experience including a demonstrated ability to coach and mentor at all levels of the organization to influence and drive collaboration across teams, functions and KCNA with minimal supervision
  • Experience in a variety of mill and staff assignments is desired along with a familiarity with other related disciplines and business functions to enable a system-wide view
  • Strong understanding of the value and application of Lean Six Sigma
  • Six Sigma Black Belt certification or ability and expectation to achieve Black Belt Certification desired
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Minitab and/or JMP to analyze data is highly desired

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