E6S-185 Hiring a Black Belt - Job Postings- Part 2

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The Lean Leader will support the Plant Manager by developing, executing and facilitating an enterprise wide lean management system for our four branches. The Lean Leader will collaborate with all key stakeholders to lead and facilitate events and document progress to lean goals.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

% Time

Job Responsibilities


Coaches and teaches continuous improvement methodologies and imbeds lean data based thinking into others. Respectfully challenges the status quo and encourages his or her fellow employees to get better every day.


Leads, organizes and directs the objectives and activities of his or her direct reports who are the lean core team members.


Develops and implements a lean management system and ensures that all elements such as standardized processes, problem solving and governance are in place to drive sustainable results.


Utilizes value stream mapping and various lean tools to select the right blend of kaizen events, projects and just do it’s that drive business improvement.


Leads and facilitates lean activities such as kaizen events and lean process reviews.


Works with the event or project leader prepares for kaizen events using A3 techniques.


Develops and executes a 6-12 month lean transformation roadmap for the branches including plant and back office improvements.


Conducts lean assessments and cultural reviews and develops an action plan to address opportunities for improvement.


Coordinates with third party lean consultants where applicable.


Benchmarks internally and externally to identify and standardize best practices.


Develops metrics and cost tracking mechanisms to quantify safety, quality, cost and cash improvements


Education & Certification Requirements:

Required or Preferred

Degree or Certification


Bachelor’s degree preferably in an engineering discipline.


Lean and or Six Sigma Black Belt certification.


Minimum Experience:


Type of Experience

5-7 years

Demonstrated lean application experience and training at the “Gemba”.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

Skill Knowledge or Ability


Process oriented thinker

Focuses on the process more than results. Believes the right process will bring the right results

Exceptional relationship-building skills

Leads by building relationships and trust. Demonstrates respect for people by creating the mindset that performing waste free work exudes the ultimate respect for fellow employees.

Lean knowledge

Possesses hands on knowledge in value stream mapping, standard work, pull systems, inventory right sizing and policy deployment.


Clearly exchanges thoughts, ideas and messages through written, verbal and non-verbal methods that promote an understanding with the target audience. Creates accurate and punctual reports, shares information and ideas with others in a timely manner. Listens carefully and attentively.

Problem Solving

Is able to solve complex problems using various tools and gets to root cause. Drives preventative thinking into the application of countermeasures.

Attention to Detail

Is attentive to detail and accuracy, performs quality work, continuously looks for improvements, finds root cause of problems, owns/acts on problems, seeks opportunities to increase effectiveness and efficiency.

Accountability & Dependability

Meets commitments, works independently, accepts ownership of projects and outcomes, takes personal responsibility and sets objectives/standards, stays focused under pressure, meets attendance/punctuality requirements, shows a sense of urgency about getting results.

Mathematical Reasoning

Able to apply basic Algebra and Geometry concepts. Able to add, subtracts, multiply, and divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimal equivalents.


Ability to deal with problems with many variables in standardized and non-standardized situations.


Ability to generate messages that instigate appropriate action, create standard work and controlled documents.


Tackles problems and takes independent action, seeks out new responsibilities, acts on opportunities, generates new ideas, practices self-development, demonstrates a bias for action without prompting.

Ability to Execute

Targets and achieves results, prioritizes and manages tasks effectively, maintains an organized system to monitor progress, overcomes obstacles, and accepts accountability.


Generates new ideas, challenges the status quo, pursues ongoing improvements, supports change, and solves problems creatively.

(WOW!  Accounted for 100% of the person's time down to a 5% precision. Still a bit prescriptive and tactical in the Responsibilities. Says a Six Sigma cert is preferred, but language really wants a Lean coach to develop a kaizen culture.  Does not value the use of statistics. Still a bit long.)                                                                                                                                                                      

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