The Lean Manufacturing Engineer is responsible for leading and deploying the best practices throughout the manufacturing organization by leading continuous improvement initiatives across various manufacturing processes. Utilizing lean principles, this position will lead, facilitate, execute and manage projects to reduce costs while improving quality and safety. This role will integrate Lean practices into Materion’s way of delivering products and services and is part of the Lean Action Team.
The successful candidate will work in cross functional groups to drive improvements across the site. The position is considered a leadership development role.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Role encompasses project management, facilitation, training, and execution for a range of critical, multi-dimensional strategic initiatives that will require planning and analysis for a broad array of complex financial, operational and technical issues to improve cost position, productivity, efficiency, customer service, and overall performance.
Partner with key organizational and site operational leaders to identify and achieve priorities, goals and objectives.
Planning, coordination, and execution of Lean Six Sigma projects.
Develop metrics to successfully track improvement.
Ensure all elements of costs, benefits, and risks are identified and considered during the project planning.
Assist in teaching Lean Six Sigma principles to production employees; train others in use of tools and methodologies as part of project execution.
Lead/drive process changes, improvements, value stream mapping.
Champion communication between organizations at all levels.
Facilitate cross-functional teams to achieve Kaizen objectives.
Work with Process Engineers to standardize Operating Procedures (Work Instructions) and increase workflow efficiency.
Mentor employees as they apply Lean methodology to problem solving and project execution.
Follow and comply with all Environmental Health & Safety policies.
Sustain already implemented Lean Six Sigma initiatives.
Organize and develop cross function project team resources to effectively realize project commitments.
Create a learning environment that encourages employees to feel personally conscious of quality improvement and customer focus. Work as part of a larger group to update and align educational methods and curriculum.
Analyze and resolve problems using Lean, Statistical Process Control, and Theory of Constraints. Foster the use of scientific problem-solving using facts and data, problem solving, value stream mapping, standardized work, visual management, and leader standard work.
Train appropriate personnel, track progress, communicate progress, audit and drive sustainment.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering required.
Must have at least 3 years of work experience in a manufacturing environment.