The incumbent in this role will work as a member of our Continuous Improvement Team. Reporting to The Site Manager,, the Plant Lean Expert will lead and manage the deployment of the Meritor Production System, methodologies, standards and processes in the Dressed Axles Department at the Site Location. In this position, you will provide leadership, training and support in implementing the Meritor Production System and driving the Department towards Operational Excellence.
The Plant Lean Expert (PLE) will be responsible in leading Lean Transformation activities for the Dressed Axles Department and working with the Site Staff to prioritize and drive continuous effort in the Axles Department.
•Develops and deploys demand driven principles and lean strategies that supports operational excellence and long range strategic plans utilizing the Meritor Production System (MPS), Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma.
•Utilize Meritor Production System (MPS) techniques to standardize current/new processes and methods, reduce process variation, identify waste, and methodically eliminate waste.
•Coordinates process improvement projects including planning, scheduling, and execution of MPS initiatives throughout the NA Truck plant network
•Provide leadership and direction to Black Belts and Lean resources in executing the Lean Six Sigma strategy for breakthrough levels of improvement in customer satisfaction, process capability and quality.
•Evaluates current-state plant layouts and develops future state designs using the principles of Lean manufacturing from raw materials to the end customer and expand production control for all product families within the facility.
•Leads cross-functional teams through transformation and continuous improvement in wide range of manufacturing environments, including assembly, machining, fabrication, foundry, etc
•Develops and tracks metrics which support the lean strategy and initiatives.
•Achieves operational results in support of the Annual Operating Plan (AOP)
•Primary builder of capabilities and trainer of all lean tools in Toyota Production System during plant transformation efforts (e.g., TPM, material flow, pull systems, line balance, etc);
•Train and coach team members to maintain productivity and quality standards, in TS19649, ISO 14001, environmental, safety, quality, job performance, setups, trouble shooting, and continuous improvement
•Training, coaching, and mentoring Process Leaders and Teams on Lean Manufacturing processes and performance management, assisting with problem solving, conflict resolution and decision-making as needed, monitoring and reporting on progress
•The PLE will facilitate training and process improvement events related to continuous improvement and lean manufacturing.
•The Plant Lean Expert will be a resource of lean expertise for the Meritor York Axles Department and will lead the change process through design and implementation of Lean using cross-functional.
•Bachelor’s degree required.
•Manufacturing experience required. Automotive industry experience preferred.
•Six Sigma Green Belt/Black Belt Certification preferred
•Proven success in leading and implementing Kaizen events, 5s initiatives and employee suggestion programs.
•Proven ability to lead and motivate a team of employees in a multi-tasking environment required
•Experience in demand flow principles and plan for every part methodologies with the ability to understand financial measurements and goals in the Lean enterprise.
•Strong problem solving skills (DMAIC, Shainin, Lean, 8D, 5 Why, Is/Is Not)
•Experience implementing all aspects of Total Productive Maintenance
•Expertise with ERP Systems, preferably Oracle
•Proficient in PC application software (Minitab, MS Word/Excel/Powerpoint )
•Strong project leadership experience with a diversity of team skills
•Demonstrated ability to influence senior management, teams and individuals across multiple cultures, disciplines and geographies
•Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule as necessary to meet customer and site requirements required
Meritor is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.