Continuous Improvement Manager

Company Name:
Lear Corporation
Reporting to: Plant Manager
Area of responsibility: Lean, Six Sigma and Best Practices
The Continuous Improvement Manager will lead and implement the Continuous Improvement (Lean, Six Sigma and Best Practice) strategy for the assigned Lear plant.
This individual will be responsible for establishing and monitoring Continuous Improvement (CI) activities and providing site leadership, direction and guidance in the implementation of Lean, Six Sigma, and Best Practices (LSS & BP) at the assigned Lear plant inclusive of manufacturing processes and traditional office transactions.
This position requires a Leader who is highly credible and has the experience, energy, and discipline to manage a plant strategy and business projects in complex and mission critical environment. This Leader must have the personal characteristics and drive to be a long-term contributor to the company.
Reports to the Plant Manager and will have a strong dotted line report to the Central CI team.
Key activities will include:
Develop consistent Value Stream Maps (VSMs)
Partner with all plant functional leaders, staff and associate level teams
Ensure a consistent plant project pipeline
Work closely with the central CI team to ensure Lean, Six Sigma and Best Practices (LSS & BP) compliance and implementation
Identify and work to remove barriers that slow or prevent the successful attainment of LSS & BP
Deploy LSS & BP strategy in plant(s), ensuring common company training compliance and understanding at all levels of the organizatio n
Partner with plant management and central CI team and initiate Policy Deployment Strategy (PDS) for Performance, Goals, and Objectives
Ensure Hoshin-Kanri goals and objectives alignment from the Global Executive team for LSS & BP, ensuring constant feedback and coaching to ensuring team objectives are met and exceeded
Business and Technical Requirements
Engineering degree preferably in Industrial or Manufacturing engineering and 5 to 10 years of experience in a manufacturing environment. An advanced degree in a business will be well regarded.
Accredited LSS Black Belt , Lean Sensei , and or Master Black Belt certification is a plus
Deep knowledge of culture change coupled with the relentless focus on details necessary to move companywide initiatives forward
Ability to diagnose organizational dynamics and deployment of actions via communications
Proven financial acumen, critical thinker with ability to provide an impartial, consultative and solutions oriented approach
Strategically-minded with track record of execution excellence
Able to set priorities and 'triage' in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
Successful track record as a Change Agent for breakthrough improvements
Able to work in a collaborative, global environment
Leadership Competencies
Influential leader with proven coaching and mentoring expertise
Proven 4E track record of Energy, Energize, Edge and Execution
Energy - Candidate has energy to "go, go, go". S/he possess boundless energy and get up every day ready to attack the job at hand. High energy people move at 95 miles-per-hour in a 55 mile-per-hour world.
Energizer - Candidate knows how to spark others to perform. S/he can outline a vision and get people to carry it out. Energizers know how to get people excited about a cause or a crusade. They are selfless in giving others the credit when things go right, but quick to accept responsibility when things go awry.
Edge - Candidates exhibit "edge" and are competitive types. S/he knows how to make the really difficult decisions, such as hiring, firing and promoting, never allowing the degree of difficulty to stand in their way.
Execute - Executers recognize that activity and productivity are not the same and are capable of converting energy and edge into action and results. Without measurable results, the other "E's" are of little use.
Demonstrated exceptional organizational, results driven, interpersonal, change leadership, facilitation and problem solving skills
Clear communicator, able to address conflicts upfront
Possesses the stature, credibility and professional experience to easily gain trust, command respect and influence others through principled leadership and sound business ethics
Excellent written and oral communications skills, outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to negotiate and mediate effectively. S/he must be determined and direct, without being intimidating or creating ill will
Seasoned and emotionally mature, self-confident and able to maintain composure
Strong management, organization, administrative and relationship skills along with well-developed leadership capabilities. Strong business acumen, able to judge 'noise' from materiality
Able to create support and buy-in across a wide range of stakeholders by using communication processes to ensure understanding and alignment
Tracking Code: 233972
Job Location: Duncan, South Carolina, United States
Position Type: Full-Time/Regular
Title: Continuous Improvement Manager
Manager: Plant Manager

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