Continuous Improvement Manager- St. Louis Area

Job Description: 

Plans, develops, initiates and monitors Lean/Six Sigma (6σ)/Continuous Improvement projects, throughout plant facilities. Serves as a recognized expert and skilled resource for supporting and effectively utilizing lean manufacturing tools and six sigma. As a member of Operations, contributes to team development and continuous improvement in Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, Inventory, and company metrics. Demonstrates the company’s core operating values and Infinite Excellence concepts through actions and behaviors.

Strategizes with company management to initiate Lean/Six Sigma (6σ)/Continuous Improvement projects. Determines the scope, objectives, metrics, cost, schedule, and necessary resource requirements.
Leads the planning and execution, from start to completion, and works side-by-side with work area management and associated work groups to fully implement and assure sustaining mechanisms are in place.
Proactively involves employees at all levels of the organization to gain their input and support.
Mentors, coaches and trains company Team Members in the various Continuous Improvement concepts, tools and methods, as needed and determined through project review and/or budgeting processes.
Drives the completion of tasks generated in project meetings and monitors sustaining activities to ensure successful and timely completion of action items.
Documents procedures and changes that result from Continuous Improvement initiatives to ensure sustaining efforts.
Tracks financial results and reports on quantifiable goals and objectives. Estimates future projects from financial, throughput, lead time and on-time performance improvements to assist in prioritization of projects.
Communicates results and accomplishments of projects to plant management and team members. Works with management to establish and continuously meet their needs through business/performance metrics.
Benchmarks industry best practices to identify future improvements and opportunities.
Contributes to and supports the existence of a positive work environment through personal involvement by communicating, interacting and behaving in a manner that promotes productive relationships with coworkers, supervisors, customers, and others with whom such relationships are important to the success of company operations.
Performs other duties and ad hoc projects as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities
Supervises, coaches and mentors two direct reports.
Communicates directly to team members individual and team goals, performance expectations, obstacles, problems, issues, and successes. Builds and maintains teamwork within team and between other teams in the company.
Performs supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.

QUALIFICATIONS – Education, Certifications, Training, Experience
Four-year degree or equivalent related work experience
5+ years lean/continuous improvement manufacturing experience
Certified and practicing Six Sigma Black Belt
Lean Manufacturing Certification
Four-year degree in technical field, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Technical quality standards and procedures experience in the following, TS 16949, ISO, PPAP, FMEA, MSA, Cost of Quality, etc.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (required, unless stated as preferred)
Computer, technical, mechanical, mathematical and/or scientific skills
Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office and Minitab or other statistical software. Project Management software experience preferred.
Strong working knowledge and experience in Lean principles, i.e. Value Stream Mapping, Just-In-Time, Line Balancing, Demand Flow, Single Piece Flow, 5S, Visual Management, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Kaizen, SPC, SMED, Six Sigma (6σ), Communication Tools, and Statistical Problem Solving.
Working knowledge in organizational and process improvement tools like process flow mapping, root cause analysis, etc.
Experience in creating and evaluating balanced scorecards, use of statistical control charts, creating and evaluating process standards, etc.
Communication skills – Verbal, Written, Training, Presenting, etc.
Advanced oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate with all levels of employees and management and with external contacts. Demonstrates the ability to convey business terminology that is meaningful and well received by others.
Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on informational, controversial, or complex topics to employee groups and management at all levels.
Excellent skills in teaching/training and coaching others.
Problem Solving and Decision Making skills
Advanced ability in utilizing strong analytics, including statistical analysis in problem solving and decision making in all facets of job and in leading others.
Ability to collaborate and drive difficult decisions among management teams and work teams.

Leadership skills and/or Project Management skills
Strong project management skills, demonstrating the ability to lead, facilitate and complete project tasks according to plan.
Strong team facilitation skills and change management skills. Ability to get results while both leading and participating on teams.
Aility to influence others through professional credibility and strong interpersonal skills.
OTHER – additional skills, travel and shift/schedule requirements, etc. (required, unless stated as preferred)
bility to travel by car to plant locations, Mexico, MO, Hannibal, MO and Sparta, IL.
Travel is required 60% of the time.

The physical/mental and working conditions described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Safety, Health and Environmental: Required to follow all safety, health and environmental policies and procedures to support facility compliance. Personal Protective Equipment is required.
Physical Demands: Stand at the work area and/or sit at a computer workstation for extended periods of time while performing assigned duties. Ability to lift up to 35 lbs.
Working conditions: The manufacturing plants can exhibit hot temperatures in the summer and cool temperatures in the winter and continuous noise. The office environment is well-lighted, and climate controlled.
The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Jackie Nabat, CPC, MBA
Executive VP, Executive & Technical Recruitment
(586) 772-6452