The LEAN Programs Manager will lead strategic, enterprise-level initiatives to deliver short term results as well as long term sustainability. This will include facilitating tactical and strategic kaizens with senior business leaders, promoting and guiding LEAN cultural transformation and coaching LEAN principles at various levels of the organization. LEAN Programs Manager will also be required to conduct training, and coach and mentor LEAN Facilitators, LEAN Application Specialists, LEAN Field Champions and other Green Belts, Yellow Belts, etc.
Responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following: Initiate, develop & manage new LEAN enterprise-level initiatives within WESCO-Ts headquarters and operating groupsDevelop and execute the implementation strategy for current LEAN initiatives at various branch sites throughout WESCO and ensure specific objectives and results are achievedActively participate in the development and execution of the LEAN embedment strategy via training, coaching and mentoring of LEAN Practitioners (LFCs, Green Belts, Yellow Belts, etc.) and LEAN Leaders (Blue Belts)Assist in the development of LEAN Facilitators and LEAN Application Specialists through personal example, coaching/mentoring and formal/informal training sessions; may include direct reporting relationship Ensure adequate delegation and clear definition of responsibilities to each member in the development and implementation of initiativesLead various kaizen (continuous improvement) events in a team setting and demonstrate successful outcomes; select and utilize appropriate LEAN toolsPromote a team working relationship amongst LEAN group membersProvide executive level updates regarding initiative key components, results, accomplishments, etc.Promote out-of-the-box thinking and continuously generate new ideas to improve processes, service, efficiency, inventory, cost and space Serve as a catalyst to promote LEAN thinking and foster a continuous improvement culture throughout the company
Summary of Experience · Minimum of 15 years of experience with a Fortune 500 company recognized for their continuous improvement/LEAN culture (10 years is not adequate for this role)Experience in supply chain, distribution and/or logistics functions strongly preferredREQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES · Master Black Belt certification required· Highly seasoned and experienced LEAN leader/practitioner with a proven track record of end-to-end management of key, strategic programs and business segments (e.g., operations, administration, customer-facing)· Strong leadership track record - prior direct experience in managing teams· Extensive experience in managing change and transforming a culture to a continuous improvement mindset Strong track record of accomplishments - must be able to articulate in this area Strong process-oriented and analytical skills coupled with change management skills Solid project management skills/kaizen event experience - from initiation through full implementation High degree of professionalism plus strong communication skills - written and oral Excellent PC skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office programs Willingness to travel on a 30-50% basis EDUCATION 4-year degree in an engineering, logistics or technical discipline from a highly accredited university