We seek a change agent that has led a successful Lean transition in a highly collaborative cross functional manufacturing environment.  The CI manager will understand how to transition an organization from traditional methodologies to employ the Lean philosophy through fact-based decisions which impact to the bottom line. 

Reporting to the SVP of Manufacturing and Operations, this position is responsible to lead the company initiative to move towards a lean operations environment. Acts as a central resource for lean manufacturing and assists with day-to-day production support and improvements. A technical background combined with product/management skills is needed. This position will interact with all areas of the business but will initially focus on manufacturing and supply chain.

Essential Duties

  • Responsible for the coordination of Continuous Improvement (CI) events, development and delivery of Lean and CI training material, and generation of executive presentation materials.
  • Identification of key performance tracking metrics relating to CI deployment.
  • Drive transformational change at the value stream level while sharing in the tactical implementation of Lean and CI best practices.
  • Facilitate, coach, counsel, and mentor the direction on targeted improvement initiatives.
  • Responsible for working with teams as tasked to enhance the performance of processes and drive CI.
  • Identify, facilitate, and support opportunities for process improvement across the organization.
  • Proactively facilitates high value improvement efforts in functional disciplines and across business processes in support of business strategic and operational plans.
  • Serves as a technical content expert. Builds organizational sustainability of process improvement knowledge and strategies in the form of training and implementation of efficient business processes.
  • Partners with organizational leaders and front-line teams to design and implement processes that utilize staff effectively, enhance service and continuously improve the work environment.
  • Facilitate cultural and strategic change across functional and departmental boundaries.
  • Reports to the SVP of Manufacturing and Operations.

Other Qualifications: 

  • Must be able to demonstrate of history of sustained results (i.e., implementation has lasted at a site or in a group).
  • Experience working in a manual and robotic assembly manufacturing environment.
  • Proven ability to work, influence, and drive change/results at all levels of an organization.
  • Excellent leadership skills, including communication, change management, coaching, team facilitation, and strong/proven analytical problem-solving abilities.
  • Willingly accepts a wide variety of task assignments.
  • Excellent time management to achieve successful results.
  • Has a passion for continuous improvement and achieving excellence.
  • Must be highly motivated and self-directed.
  • Ability to analyze complex manufacturing data and propose changes leading to higher efficiency and safety
  • Must be able to demonstrate of history of sustained results (i.e., implementation has lasted at a site or in a group).
  • Training in Lean will have been learned through a reputable source.
  • A bias for action including a sense for thoughtful urgency to drive continuous improvement.
  • Highly hands-on and strong mechanical aptitude needed.
  • Experience working in a medical device manufacturing environment a plus.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent experience
  • 7 - 10 years of hands-on experience in a lean manufacturing environment.
  • Direct work experience with lean manufacturing techniques, tools and capacity.
  • Proven experience in risk and change management.
  • Proficiency with factory and facility layouts using CAD.

Physical Demands:

  • Comfortable performing repetitive tasks and/or motions.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 10 lbs.

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