• Posted on: Jul 07, 2022
  • Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Job ID: 3b9dcc38
  • Type: Full Time
  • Posted on: Jul 07, 2022
  • Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Job ID: 3b9dcc38
  • Type: Full Time

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Role Summary

The Lean Coach will have dual reporting thru corporate OpEx to a LEAN Sensei and plant site leadership. The VS Coach is responsible for not only driving the lean transformation but installing standards to sustain the process improvements. Working with leadership to develop the lean capabilities for everyone in the value stream. Responsible for two heavy industrial manufacturing locations within an hour west & southwest of Des Moines, IA.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college preferably in Industrial Engineering or related
  • 5 years of experience leading teams in a lean transformation(s) where both lean leadership and change management up, across, and down through the organization was demonstrated.
  • Experience leading Kaizen events on the plant floor
  • Demonstrated a deep faith in Toyota Production System (TPS) principles of servant leadership, connecting to the customer(s), building capability from the worker performing standard work and through the organization, and problem solving with the customer and worker always top of mind.
  • Experience implementing and developing teams to implement pull systems
  • History of leadership thru influence, coaching, mentoring and teaching. Ability to foster lean development with a “hands on” and showing by doing approach. This is critical in the development of our value stream teams.

Desired Characteristics

  • Deep faith in lean and its principles with a proven track record leading in a TPS type transformation and business operating system transformation…. much beyond a lean-six sigma tool type continuous improvement initiative. A lean zealot.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, demonstrated interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Clear thinker, able to analyze and resolve complex problems
  • Demonstrated ability to lead programs / projects ensuring buy-in from key stakeholders in a matrix environment at all levels.
  • Established project management skills, experience documenting, planning, and stabilizing programs
  • Ability to work effectively across functions; extensive experience leading cross-functional or geographically dispersed teams, proven mentoring and coaching abilities, ability to motivate & inspire others

Essential Responsibilities

  • Coach and Develop the full time Lean team to grow their lean knowledge and execution capabilities. Mentor them to be true agents of change, improving their change management capabilities and ensure rigor around conducting the kaizen events.
  • Create the lean vision and continuous improvement strategy to advance the customer experience through improved cycle time, on-time delivery, and ensure all other customer critical to quality areas are at the forefront of the strategy.
  • Change agent responsible for delivering performance excellence through execution of lean initiatives and providing thoughtful coaching of the functional standard work and problem solving.
  • Be comfortable coaching leaders in lean methodology and principles, Hoshin Kanri (Policy Deployment), problem solving, etc. Strong communication is a must.
  • Ensure compliance with standard processes and tools, supports the value stream team to develop and follow their personal standard work (leaders and associates), yielding a culture of system, process and behavior discipline to get results.
  • Coach all plant operations through lean process and behavior changes, developing a highly effective Daily Management process focused on tools such as basic problem solving, kaizen, A3 thinking, value stream mapping, kanban, visual management, pull, creation of flow and adherence to standard work
  • Implement and help improve the Business Operating System
  • Ability to teach and develop team on quick improvement cycles; these quick developmental opportunities will build team confidence; in turn this will give us the ability to drastically increase our velocity of change.

Lump Sum Relocation available if applicable. 

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