Kaizen Promotion Officer, Continuous Improvement Manager
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POST DATE 9/3/2016
END DATE 12/19/2016
Serta Simmons Bedding
Reports to: Operations Manager
Research, plans, trains, executes and facilitates operational improvement programs in order to create a culture of continuous improvement and lean manufacturing that leads to associate empowerment, elimination of waste, and improvements in safety, quality, service and cost.Leads Kaizen events per Program guidelines designed to forward and sustain continuous improvement initiatives.Identify opportunities for Kaizen events that provide quantifiable and sustainable results.Develop and communicate metrics for measurement of continuous improvement; monitor and analyze quantitative and qualitative results related to initiatives on a continual basis.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Fosters a safety culture and the implementation of safety policies and training in compliance with the company safety program and OSHA regulations to eliminate work related injuries.
Leads Kaizen events and continuous improvement projects through cross-functional team facilitation and project management.
Uses lean manufacturing tools (e.g., value stream mapping, Kaizen, Charters, 5S, Gemba walks, LMS, root cause problem solving) to identify and develop solutions that drive operational improvement
Acts as primary liaison with steering committees and networks with other plant's KPOs to support programs designed to continually improve operations and eliminate waste
Provides leadership by mentoring associates in the use of Lean tools, ensuring transfer of knowledge, and creating a culture of continuous improvement
Collects and analyzes the data on Plant processes, procedures and performance using evaluation tools and makes recommendations on improvement opportunities
Tracks, monitors, and reports regularly on project status; monitor product and process improvement milestones to ensure on-time completion and sustainability
Analyzes, develops, ratifies, implements, and standardizes manufacturing best practices across the network
Establishes collaborative relationship with local plant leadership
Minimum of 3 - 5 years in lean manufacturing
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience
Experience leading/facilitating multiple Kaizen events/programs and/or key participant role in a large plant lean transformation initiative
Certified Six Sigma Black or Green belt
Willing and able to travel up to 20%