Lean Six Sigma Manager

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Los Alamos National Laboratory
    February 1, 2021
    Los Alamos, NM
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    What You Will Do

    Utilize your Lean Six-Sigma (LSS), process improvement, and DMAIC analytical skills to do something that matters! Los Alamos National Laboratory—one of the most innovative and creative multidisciplinary research institutions in the world—is looking for an experienced Process Improvement leader to drive mission and operational excellence through fact-based, risk-informed decision making and continuous institutional learning and improvement. This is a unique opportunity with great growth potential to support national and world security.
    Reporting to the Group Leader of Performance Assurance (PA), the Institutional Process Improvement (IPI) Leader will be responsible for the oversite of institutional improvement and integration programs through both core and deployed staff. Additional responsibilities include performance planning and analysis; education of Lean Six Sigma Black Belts, Master Black Belts, Master Yellow Belts, and other LSS staff; human performance improvement (HPI) and the accurate development of metrics, trends, and analysis. With an overall focus on improving mission delivery, the Institutional Process Improvement Team Leader will have a span of control that stretches across all major areas of the Laboratory, including Science, Technology, and Engineering, Weapons, and Operations.


    What You Need

    Minimum Job Requirements:
    Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC)
    Demonstrated experience as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt or Master Black Belt exerting influence in the development of overall objectives and long-range goals of an organization related to DMAIC, including experience in the development and performance oversight of policies, procedures, and the systems required for maintaining and enhancing performance improvement initiatives.
    Assessments and Benchmarking
    Demonstrated experience using Lean Six-Sigma tools, techniques, and methodologies such as strategic gap analysis, lean, design for sigma, Kaizen events, etc. to drive organizational change through the use of internal and/or external benchmarks from private or public sectors to manage issues or corrective actions.
    Customer-Focused Interactions
    Demonstrated experience successfully interacting with management, customers, and/or functional peer group managers involving matters related to quality, including the demonstrated ability to advise and coach customers while promoting continuous improvements within a learning environment.
    Kaizen Concept
    Demonstrated experience performing as an advisor to management or staff members and leading cooperative efforts of project teams related to Kaizen or similar methodologies, including experience incorporating strategic gap analyses into every task; pausing/stopping work when necessary; and the demonstrated ability to create and respond to formal critiques while driving quality in work processes and products.
    Supervision and Leadership
    Demonstrated experience managing the activities of LSS individual contributors and deployed staff in a section or department with accountability for results in terms of costs, strategies, and human resources.
    Education and Years of Relevant Experience: Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field from an accredited institution and a minimum of five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
    Desired Qualifications:
    Additional Education and Certification
    Master’s degree in a related field and/or current professional certification as a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB).
    Complex Technical Organizations
    Knowledge of and experience deploying integrated organizational-level performance-based management systems in large, diverse, and/or complex scientific, engineering, and/or technical organizations, and growing programs to maximize effectiveness across the organization.
    Active DOE “Q” or other Top Secret clearance.
    Special Note to Applicants: Along with your resume, please include a detailed cover letter explaining how you meet each of the minimum requirements and any of the desired qualifications.
    Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

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