Continuous Improvement Leader

Company Name:
We are currently seeking a Continuous Improvement Leader to join our team at our facility in Auburn, NY.
This Continuous Improvement position is accountable for identifying and completing projects and key initiatives through the use of Lean, Six Sigma, and Project Management process improvement methodologies. Working with senior leadership, managers, supervisors, engineering and quality teams to ensure the Continuous Improvement program is deployed effectively ensuring initialization of continuous improvement systems and tools are used and sustained to accelerate business improvement initiatives. They will work closely with the Regional Continuous Improvement leader to identify and drive Lean and Six Sigma initiatives that result in performance and customer satisfaction improvement.
Principal Accountabilities:
(All other duties as assigned)
Develop continuous improvement lean manufacturing and Six Sigma methodologies in the day to day operations
Facilitate process improvement teams and provide counsel and assistance to the project team leaders with respect to facilitation techniques, quality systems, continual improvement, people development and safety improvement.
Assist in the facilitation of Manufacturing Fundamentals and other, similar, key programs
Lead workshops resulting in tangible key performance indicator improvements
Deploy the appropriate People / Safety / Quality / Cost / Delivery / Productivity metrics and management routines at all levels of the organization
Contribute to strategic planning at the plant level
Act as a change agent (leader) to instill a Problem Solving and Continuous Improvement culture on site and in related areas of the company
Ensure through audits that tools are appropriately and effectively used
Develop and maintain the sites annual 12-months rolling lean implementation plan based on the strategic plan
Develop, manage, and report progress of the lean deployment plan with site management (based on current and future state Value Stream Maps, site performance improvement targets, and Group / Business standards, policies and best practices)
Support site management in its strategic planning process and its implementation by taking ownership of relevant projects, that are a subset of the core responsibilities, and by taking a leading role in other programs; e.g. Manufacturing Fundamentals
Contribute to the Continuous Improvement network development. Ensure 2-way communication throughout the continuous improvement organization. This includes communicating project status and coordinating activities between the Regional Continuous Improvement leader and other Continuous Improvement leaders. Also, this includes capturing project lessons learned and submitting activity reports.
Ensure Lean and Six Sigma principles are appropriately taken into consideration at all stages of the process improvement project
Understand all environmental policies and significant environmental impact of job activities
Understand all safety policies and significant safety impact of job activities
Assist leadership in the planning, development, coordination, support, and execution of high impact (immediate and long term) improvement plans for effective and sustainable cost saving initiatives while making sure lean manufacturing and Six Sigma initiatives are aligned with customer focused metrics.
Serve as a business change agent leading process improvement initiatives, process redesign activities/projects which will enable the organization to reach the next level of world class operations by implementing continuous improvement-lean manufacturing practices throughout the plant
Work with local financial representative to validate project justification and success when necessary.
Promote the use of metrics and data to drive project focus.
Scope and Impact:
This job will be the primary resource of Lean and Six Sigma expertise in the local plant and will lead cross-functional teams through the change process by implementation of lean culture, principles, and tools. The candidate will align with the Regional Continuous Improvement Sr. Leader develop consistency in culture, principles, and tools. The improvements will improve the plants ability to meet customer expectations, improve quality, and reduce cost.
Position Requirements:
Bachelors degree (Business or Engineering preferred)
Advanced degree a plus
Minimum three years of project facilitation experience
Lean manufacturing experience
Lean deployment experience preferred
Six Sigma Green Belt certification required and Black Belt preferred
Clear practical and hands-on orientation
Strong analytical and problem solving skills; knowledge and ability to train on methodologies at all levels of the organization
Strategic thinker, with clear vision and direction of change management
Strong facilitation and interpersonal communication
Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills
Proven ability to coach, mentor, and energize team members
Deployment of a lean culture: organization, policy deployment, management routines, management control, behavior and visual management
A demonstrated understanding of Lean principles such as Value Stream Mapping, Just-In-Time, Demand Flow, Single Piece Flow, Continuous Improvement Process, Kaizen, SPC, Six Sigma and Communication Tools, and Statistical Problem Solving
Thorough understanding of lean tools such as standardized work, 5S, SMED, TPM, Kanban, MIFA, Error Proofing and etc.
Thorough understanding of the DMAIC methodology Analytical skills including key statistical methods commonly used in Six Sigma
Reporting Relationships:
This position will report directly to the Plant Manager with a dotted line to the Regional Manufacturing Excellence Senior Leader.
Travel Requirements:
10-15% for regional quarterly meetings, training, and etc.
Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.
Must be authorized to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis.
To apply, visit the following link: http://bit.ly/14uZml3
Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) is the world's largest glass container manufacturer and preferred partner for many of the world's leading food and beverage brands. The Company had revenues of $7.0 billion in 2013 and employs approximately 22,500 people at 77 plants in 21 countries. With global headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio, USA, O-I delivers safe, sustainable, pure, iconic, brand-building glass packaging to a growing global marketplace. For more information, visit www.o-i.com.
O-I's Glass Is Life movement promotes the widespread benefits of glass packaging in key markets around the globe. Join us in the #betteringlass conversation at www.glassislife.com.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law."

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