Sr Manager, Continuous Improvement - 30240BR - EN in Kalamazoo, MI at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 5/16/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Kalamazoo, MI
  • Job Type:
    Engineering
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    5/16/2018
  • Job ID:
    30240BR

Job Description

Basic FunctionDrive and enable breakthrough and operational performance improvement through hands on issue identification, delivery, coaching, training and mentoring. You will drive, with the site leadership team, a problem solving and continuous improvement culture and you will be an ambassador for key improvement and sustainment tools including Daily Management, Standard Work, Problem-Solving and Kaizen. Will lead an engineering team comprised of lean practitioners and process/automation engineers.ResponsibilitiesContinuous Improvement
  • Drive problem solving culture and processes by example and through training and coaching of leaders, supervisors and production associates.
  • Drive and ensure continuous improvement of Daily Management/Visual Management processes and develop problem solving at all levels of the organization.
  • Collaborate with business and functional leaders to tailor continuous improvement activities to maximize impact.
  • Engage, train and coach employees across the business.
  • Will effectively communicate complex information across disciplines.
  • Makes decisions/ recommendations that positively impact broader business.
  • Lead Kaizen events and ensure sustainability of improvements.
  • Facilitates change management supporting the lean transformation.
Engineering
  • Identify and execute cost reduction projects including improvement of process capabilities and process controls.
  • Identify opportunities and execute automation projects through use team resources.
  • Influence and collaborate with the global Continuous Improvement and Automation teams.
  • Collaborates with and provides feedback to sustainment engineering and new product teams to facilitate positive business outcomes.
  • Lead and/or support Capital Plan development and execution.
People Management
  • Mentors and grows engineering and lean practitioner talent to further organizational capability.
  • Will define and report out on key performance metrics for areas of responsibility.
  • Develop performance objectives and deliver feedback to employees.
  • Determine knowledge and competence gaps and enable training and resource support as needed.

Job Requirements

Physical Requirements
  • Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
  • Must be able to communicate with large groups of people.
  • Must have good visual acuity and demonstrate fine motor skills/ability.
  • Must be able to review printed materials.Ability to use common office equipment (e.g. calculator, PC, fax machine, etc).
Mental Requirements
  • Must be able to analyze and correct complex product and/or process issues of a broad scope using independent judgement.
  • Must be able to generate, follow and explain detailed instructions, inspection and repair procedures.
  • Must be able to routinely make decisions that effect immediate operations.
  • Must be able to plan, organize, and implement multiple concurrent tasks.
  • Must be able to complete detailed documentation accurately.
  • Must be able to communicate equipment and/or machine issues to others.
Qualifications/Work Experience Preferred
  • 10+ years of operations experience, preferably in a medical device manufacturing environment.
  • A minimum of 7 years’ working experience is required in Lean and Continuous Improvement.
  • Previous management experience preferred.
  • A successful track record in leading transformation (lean, automation) within an industry.
  • Possess experience and knowledge of key tools, such as Kaizen, Daily Management, (Leader) Standard Work and Problem Solving methodologies.
  • A passion for Continuous Improvement and demonstrated track record in process understanding and improvement.
  • Able to work and coach at every level of the organization, from individual contributors to senior operations leaders.
  • A leader and influencer of teams.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop detailed process plans using applicable tools (PFMEA, Fault Tree Analysis, and Safety and Efficacy reviews).
  • Demonstrated ability to implement qualified processes using applicable systems (Process Validation, Process Planning Tools, Design of Experiments, Manufacturing Assembly Procedures).
  • Demonstrated ability to apply Design for Manufacturability concepts.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, track and facilitate projects using applicable tools (Gantt and Pert Charts etc.).
  • Demonstrated ability to justify, procure and implement major capital equipment programs.
  • Excellent organization, planning, presentation and communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio) required.
Education/Special Training Required
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Engineering or related field required. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Project Management Certification desired

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