Sr Manager, Continuous Improvement in Kalamazoo, MI at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 7/6/2018

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    Kalamazoo, MI
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Job Description

Basic Function Drive 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.

Responsibilities Continuous 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.


  • 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.

,  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

Work From Home: No

Travel Percentage: Up to 25%

Stryker Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Stryker is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability.

Stryker Corporation will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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