Continuous Improvement Manager
|Engineering||Frederick, OK USA||Required in and outside the U.S.|
Highlight of the Position
Leads plant activities in creating a culture of lean manufacturing, continuous improvement and systematic problem solving with a focus on elimination of waste.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Determine and establish best (standard) working methods.
- Establish and maintain cycle time and efficiency standards for production cells.
- Lead plant problem solving training and activities in conjunction with the Quality department.
- Continually optimize process and material flow for the plant. Requires analysis and planning for both current and future business.
- Development and implementation of plant wide Henniges Production System (HPS) Lean Manufacturing Plan.
- Plant Sensei (teacher/coach) supporting staff and resources in the development of HPS principles and tools (value stream mapping, single minute exchange of dies - SMED, 5S).
- Proficient verbal, written and presentation skills; communicate clearly with creditability and confidence.
- Communicates effectively (verbal and written) with individuals at all levels inside and outside the company.
- Analytical and problem solving skills consistent with the ability to identify key issues from a broad range of alternatives and recommended optimal solutions for various situations.
- Consulting and influencing skills consistent with the ability to build relationships and influence parties; may include getting parties to embrace changing expectations and initiatives.
- Promotes an atmosphere conducive to the open exchange of new ideas, and alternatives to orthodox approaches.
- Ability to develop/coordinate cross-functional work groups/projects - yielding optimal outcome.
- Working knowledge of a financial and economic analysis, project management, risk management.
- Ability to analyze complex financial data and develop optimal recommendations and solutions.
- Proficiency in the following software applications: Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook; sufficient to apply and/or support the application with minimal instruction or guidance.
- Deals effectively with resistance; takes positive steps to avoid the recurrence of errors through constructive critique.
Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering or similar field, and/or equivalent work experience.
Minimum: Knowledge and skills typically acquired through three-plus years’ experience in manufacturing or engineering. Broad knowledge of lean manufacturing tools such as value stream mappings, 5S, SMED, Kaizen and Kanban.
Preferred: Working knowledge of CAD software.