E6S-184 Hiring a Black Belt - Job Postings- Part 1

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Intro:  Welcome to the E6S-Methods Lean Six Sigma Performance podcast with Jacob and Aaron, your weekly dose of tips and tricks to achieve excellent performance in your business and career.  Join us as we explore deeper into the practical worlds of Lean, Six Sigma, Project Management and Design Thinking.  In this episode number 184, Jacob and I review some open Black Belt job descriptions to see if they're really looking for the right qualifications in a candidate.  If you're just tuning in for the first time, find all our back episodes on our podcast table of contents at e6s-methods.com. If you like this episode, be sure to click the "like" link in the show notes.  It's easy.  Just tap our logo, click and you're done. Tap-click-done!  Here we go. http://bit.ly/E6S-184 Leave a Review! http://bit.ly/E6S-iTunes




Six Sigma Black Belt

Columbus, OH 43085

$110,000 a year

We have two direct hire roles available in Columbus, Ohio for Six Sigma Black Belts who will lead and implement Lean Six Sigma projects to improve and automate sales processes (Opportunity to Quote, Quote to Cash) in alignment with key initiatives across the organization. This role will be part of a highly skilled team of change agents working with all functional areas of the business as well as customers and suppliers. Candidate will develop, execute and sustain effective front end process improvements that drive efficient sales process and productivity improvements utilizing Lean Six Sigma methodologies.



This position serves as a change agent by driving the required cultural transformation and the adoption of successful Lean Six Sigma process improvement practices and by diagnosing barriers to project success and facilitating resolution.

Work with cross-functional teams to map current state processes, determine process improvements, install future state process and implement monitoring and control systems

Apply Lean and Six Sigma tools and methodology to improve sales processes or solve customer problems by reducing cost/waste or improving quality and/or capability

Assist in identifying and reducing "non-value added" sales activities

Develop "standard work instructions" for each Sales Operations area

Prepare and maintain "current" and "future" state value stream maps identifying waste and opportunities for improvement

Work with IT teams to automate future state processes in CRM, CPQ and ERP systems to improve the customer experience

Interact with all levels within the organization to drive continuous improvement in client's sales and order management processes

Interview salesforce and customers to understand client issues and creatively apply solutions to real-world issues with world-class results

Ability to organize and schedule people and tasks; Use goals to guide actions and create detailed action plans; manage multiple projects

Support project teams to achieve and sustain improvement benefits



Possess excellent leadership and facilitation capabilities, customer centricity, problem solving skills, data analysis skills, and experience in the implementation of change initiatives, workflow simplification, process improvement and project management.

Bachelor’s Degree (Engineering or Business) required

Black Belt or Green Belt (trained or certified). Green belt must train up to a Black Belt within 6 months of starting in the position

A minimum of 5 years of continuous Improvement experience

MBA and PMO certification preferred.

Ability to interact with all levels within the organization to drive continuous improvement in client's sales and order management processes

Proven track record of operational execution

Working knowledge and proven application of the principles and philosophies of Lean Six Sigma

Ability to foster cross-team learning and team building skills

Execution orientated, with a strong sense of urgency around tangible results

Able to demonstrate leadership without formal authority

Strong written and oral communication / presentations skills

Work well in a team environment, with sound negotiation and issue resolution skills

Excellent facilitation skills

Polished interpersonal skills

Objective and fair when dealing with sensitive situations; Find a win-win approach

Strong customer focus - understand what drives customer satisfaction and prioritize customer needs

Ability to apply systems thinking to generate solutions; focus on process rather than isolated events; Use tools to define problems; Be systematic in identifying problem areas and opportunities

Being open to change (positive or negative) in response to new information, different or unexpected circumstances, and/or to work in ambiguous situations.

Accepting and adhering to high ethical, moral, and personal values in decisions, communications, actions, and when dealing with others.

Ability to work independently in fast-paced environment with little supervision.

Prior experience using word processing, spreadsheet, statistical analysis and presentation software.

Ability to identify root cause of problems and creatively problem solve.

Quality-Focused, Attentive to Detail and Results-Oriented.

(very prescriptive on "Responsibilities" on "how" one should conduct themselves, Should focus on outcomes rather than activities and tasks.  Assumes there is a "script" to follow.  Would prevent a "free thinker" from applying.  Redundant in Requirements sections. Way too long!)



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