The lean leader is the primary resource for leadership in the lean transformation of the organization. This role is heavily involved in the teaching, training and reinforcement of lean concepts through classroom and hands on activities. This leader will be heavily involved in problem solving with teams, fostering the culture of problem solving for continuous improvement. The individual will be heavily involved in product relocations associated with acquisition activities of the corporation. Organization and project management skills will be very important to the lean leader, as will communication skills. The primary role of the individual will be to eliminate waste in the manufacturing operations, but at times, the individual will also support lean office activities. The vertically integrated Company fosters an extremely dynamic work environment which requires this individual to have a high mechanical aptitude, and demonstrate very strong interpersonal skills.
Control Devices, LLC ("Control Devices" or "CD") is a leading designer and manufacturer of high quality flow control valves, condensate removal traps, related components and accessories serving the compressed air, pressure washer, vehicle systems, fire protection, specialty gas, and the industrial, agricultural and food service float valve markets. CD prides itself in the ability to design, innovate and manufacture flow control valves for custom applications and offers a line of standard products that has grown over the years. CD is based in Saint Louis, MO and its products are sold on a global basis to O.E.M's, Distributors and End Users.
Control Devices is a privately owned company with a very seasoned management team focused on organic sales growth with existing products and new revenue growth through acquisitions.
KEY RESULT AREAS:
Works with other functional groups to ensure successful problem solving and project completion
Helps develop strategy to resolve manufacturing problems
Exhibits a spirit of continuous improvement in all areas
Promotes a positive, innovative culture and workplace
Implements processes and layouts that promote a safe environment
Capable of conducting time studies and setting labor standards
Develops and initiates cost reduction, setup reduction, etc.
Develops best practices for Lean Manufacturing and cost reduction initiatives
Develops and supports various scheduling methods, including Kanban
Trains personnel as necessary to maintain integrity of all process
Creates and modifies facility layout in CAD
Leads process documentation development
Assists Product Engineering and Quality in DFM, DFA, FMEA, PPAP.
BS in Mechanical, Manufacturing or Industrial Engineering preferred, or equivalent experience
Three to five years of experience in a similar or related position
Experience teaching and applying Lean principles
Demonstrated success in working with multiple functional groups
Project management experience
Manufacturing experience with metal forming, cutting and assembly
Team player with strategic focus interfacing with Manufacturing Operations, Product Engineering, Product Quality and Shop Floor Supervisors and Leads.
High energy individual able to multi-task several assignments
Strong problem solving and decision making skills
Results oriented with a high commitment level
Develops and manage priorities to ensure timely completion of tasks
Good oral and written communication skills are required
Good organizational abilities
Ability to actively participate in various teams and initiatives
Ability to support efforts for continuous improvements in process efficiency and cost reduction
Excellent communication skills to lead and support empowered employees
Good presentation skills to share ideas and successes
Lean Principles including, but not limited to: Value Stream Mapping, One Piece Flow, Kaizen Leadership, Visual Management, Kanban development, Total Productive Maintenance, Cell Design
OTHER DESIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND TRAITS:
Six Sigma/Statistical Problem Solving
SPC/Quality Programs (ISO, TS, etc.)
Possess excellent communication and organizational skills
Attention to detail and ability to balance multiple priorities
Possess a hands-on style with strong mechanical aptitude
Plant / Office environment
Periodic travel required to support acquisition activities