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Manager, Continuous Improvement - United States  

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Posted on : 19 July 2017

Project Description

The Manager of Continuous Improvement (CI) will have site-wide leadership responsibility for planning, coordinating, and managing activities and initiatives that have broad organizational impact focusing on Continuous Improvement within BDB San Jose site. The position will be accountable for the effective management of San Jose site (CI) projects and achievements of results, including creating a culture of Continuous Improvement.

The role will work with Plant and Functional leaders to develop CI strategies that will assure capability (LEAN, TPS, TPM, Six Sigma, Financial Analysis, and Project Management) and effectiveness to achieve/contribute to overall BDB objectives.

Job Description

JOB SUMMARY

The Manager of Continuous Improvement (CI) will have site-wide leadership responsibility for planning, coordinating, and managing activities and initiatives that have broad organizational impact focusing on Continuous Improvement within BDB San Jose site. The position will be accountable for the effective management of San Jose site (CI) projects and achievements of results, including creating a culture of Continuous Improvement.

The role will work with Plant and Functional leaders to develop CI strategies that will assure capability (LEAN, TPS, TPM, Six Sigma, Financial Analysis, and Project Management) and effectiveness to achieve/contribute to overall BDB objectives.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage, Mentor and Lead the successful execution of CI Plans at San Jose site Instrument and Reagent Operations.
  • Actively find new opportunities for process improvement, reduce production cost and improve customer satisfaction
  • Work directly with San Jose Plant Managers, other BDB site CI Manager and BDB Global CI Director in the deployment of technical capability, consistency of implementation, and transfer of Best Practice between sites.
  • Monitor and ensure that Financial Scorecard and Monthly Site Reports are maintained and updated.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with the site senior leadership team, working in close partnership to coach and mentor the organization on process improvement and business excellence efforts. Train and develop staff (from Senior Management to shop floor operators) on Lean, TPS, TPM, Six Sigma principles, creating a cultural trans formation and lean manufacturing mindset
  • Formulate key recommendations regarding improvements needed to achieve strategic business objectives, and proactively identify objectives in jeopardy of not being achieved without substantial improvement efforts.
  • Foster and encourage an organizational focus on process management, including related metrics, management-by-fact and best practice business discipline.
  • Infuse the “voice of the customer” into problem-solving efforts to ensure that solutions are meaningful to our participants and institutions.
  • Drive the prioritization of improvement activity within the site, including cost/benefit analysis and resource allocation.
  • Introduce efficiency measurement (productivity and OEE) and quality improvement tools and methods to monitor/optimize the efficiency of operating processes in the organization.
  • Coordinate the development of timelines and action step accountabilities to drive improved business performance.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of deployment activities for Process Excellence, Reengineering & Transformation across the entire organization.
  • Develop a process for sharing and assimilating best practices across the enterprise.
  • Mentor and develop site personnel on CI and Zero Loss Mindset, develop future CI Leaders.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Experience and Education

  • Bachelor's degree (Engineering or related field) required (Master's degree preferred)
  • Minimum 8 years relevant experience
  • 4 years of project management experience, leading strategic projects for complex organizations
  • Demonstrated experience in knowledge and implementation of Toyota Production Systems (TPS)
  • Demonstrated experience in assembly line design, assembly line efficiency improvements (Past employment experience preferred)
  • Lean/Six Sigma/Kaizen or equivalent Process Improvement Certification Required
  • Six Sigma Green Belt required (Black Belt preferred)

Knowledge and Skills

  • Possesses strong strategic abilities and has demonstrated the ability to develop a vision and drive for successful attainment of that vision.
  • Experience leading large scale projects and Change management initiatives.  Ability to work with others from diverse backgrounds and different cultures.
  • Bold, innovative and willing to take calculated risks.
  • Effective analytical and critical thinking skills, including business and financial analyses.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, organizational, and progressive thinking.
  • Resourceful, able to inspire action and achieve results through others.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate, consult and influence senior management in a cross-functional, matrix, global environment.
  • Ability to challenge business leaders at all levels while building relationships and gaining respect.
  • Excellent written and oral skills, and strong facilitation and negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work with ambiguities and rapid changes.

Primary Work Location

USA CA - San Jose

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