Continuous Improvement Leader

Company Name:
Accellent Inc.
Continuous Improvement Leader
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Job Description
Provide leadership, training and support to the Site in an effort to achieve "Best-in-Class performance by eliminating waste in all manufacturing and business processes, radically improving cycle times to our customers and creating an environment focused on continuous improvement.

Required Skills
Lead the training of the Site employees in Lean Enterprise principles, ensuring they have a solid working knowledge of how to apply these tools & techniques to achieve process improvements in the manufacturing & office environment
Perform facility-wide training in Lean Manufacturing tools, including the use of Kaizen events, Value-Stream Mapping, Single-Piece Flow, TPM, Setup Reduction, 5S, Kanban, etc.
Apply a "train the trainer approach to progressively educate managers, supervisors and cell leaders to conduct independent Lean initiatives.
Develop and deploy the annual facility Continuous Improvement Plan, consistent with the Hoshin Planning cycle and Corporate Continuous Improvement Plan
Lead the delivery of significant, quantifiable, annualized cost savings. Take accountability for the success of identified cost reduction. Drive cost reduction efforts through cycle time reduction, process improvement, setup reduction, etc.
Develop and improve manufacturing processes through the use of Lean Sigma. Drive the development of product flow and make recommendations on the efficient lay-out of the manufacturing floor and track the resulting benefit of those implemented changes
Lead the Site deployment of hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly metrics, ensuring that collection and monitoring of this information is meaningful in the identification of areas requiring process improvement or corrective action.
Lead problem solving efforts both internally and externally, working closely with customers and QA on internal and external corrective and preventive actions
Partner with Supply Chain Management in the development of partnerships with suppliers and maximizing the use of VMI programs, Kanbans, and consignment inventory with key customers


Drive six sigma process improvement methodologies as the facility wide "thinking tool. Be the facility wide champion for data based decision making
Assist QA with process capability validation, the implementation and qualification of new equipment (i.e. new machines, automation) and the certification of primary and secondary processes using statistical methods, capability studies, etc.
Assist in the establishment of standard costs for new and existing products, where impacted by Lean deployment initiatives
Assist in financial justification of new equipment as it applies to Lean deployment or process improvement.
Benchmark industry-wide application of business process improvements
Maintain a current knowledge base and personal development plan to retain leadership skill set in the Lean Sigma disciplines
Required Experience
An undergraduate degree in Engineering, Industrial Technology or Business is required
A minimum of five years experience in deployment of Lean Manufacturing
3-5 years of management or supervision experience a plus
Demonstrated track record of Lean implementation yielding measurable performance improvement or transformation from traditional batch manufacturing processes
Experience in a "Made-to-Order product environment a plus
Formal Lean training required. Six Sigma certification a plus
Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills, analytical skills, statistical and mathematical abilities and interpersonal skills
Experience in cost conscious manufacturing environments (automotive, consumer electronics, appliances) considered a plus
The ability to handle highly confidential information in an appropriate manner
The ability to work with all levels of staff throughout all Accellent facilities
Job Location
Laconia, New Hampshire, United States
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