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Exploratory - Enterprise Lean Director

Company: Wabash National
Location: Lafayette
Posted on: March 28, 2020

Job Description:

Wabash National is more than a place to work. It is a place to contribute your talents, taking pride in being part of a team that moves diverse industries forward through innovative solutions. Each associate is a valued team member, empowered to carry forward the legacy of innovation that jumpstarted the company over 25 years ago. If you are applying for a position with certain Wabash National Corporation's subsidiaries, Walker Stainless Equipment LLC, or Brenner Tank, LLC, with locations in Wisconsin and Oregon, or Supreme Corporation with locations in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, and California; please know that these companies are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers. You can learn more about your rights by viewing the federal "EEO is the Law" poster at If you are passionate about making a difference and being part of a team that is shaping the future, take a closer look at Wabash National. We look for strong, stand-out recruits with the desire to elevate our organization and make it the best it can be for our associates, our customers and our community. Enterprise Lean Director Develops and implements systemic process improvement efforts that will result in increased productivity and manufacturing velocity, quality systems improvement, and waste reduction. Provides leadership management that drives cultural change within manufacturing operations and administrative areas to identify areas of continuous improvement, implement change, promote uniformity of standards, and track progress. The individual in this position has the responsibility and the authority to carry out assigned tasks. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: * Execute Strategic Deployment Plan and Continuous Improvement, across the enterprise, by driving activities resulting in Value Stream and cultural transformation, waste reduction, improved manufacturing/process velocity and cost savings. * Partner with Executive and Cross Functional Leadership to lead, coordinate, and/or develop systemic Continuous Improvement activities/Kaizen Events related to quality improvements, process efficiency, waste elimination, customer satisfaction, and flow improvements. * Assess issues and develop resolutions to meet productivity, quality, and client-satisfaction goals and objectives. Develop mechanisms for monitoring progress, intervention and/or Problem Solving to improve Customer Satisfaction. * Provide Continuous Improvement and Champion training through the guidance of the Wabash Management System, while teaching the use of applicable lean tools and fundamentals, facilitating employee engagement at all levels. * JOB REQUIREMENTS: * A senior leader with at least 10 years of total career experience and a strong and convincing track record; Strong self-motivation and ability to work independently. * Strong and natural leadership style and skills required to influence business units in a highly decentralized cultural environment. * University degree in industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering, or other engineering discipline, with additional education/certification in Lean methods and/or Six-Sigma. * Ideally, at least 5 years of experience working in truly international, medium-sized companies with operations responsibility; preferably with instrument companies or companies with lower automation levels and high product complexity. * At least 5 years of experience working on Lean initiatives, with a strong track record of accomplishment in either a line management responsibility or consulting role (ideally in-house). * Accomplished background in Change Management and Culture Change. * Experience in modern production methods and lean practices like Lean Production, Toyota Production System TPS, Six Sigma, Kaizen etc. * Experience in project management and leading cross-unit, cross-department and cross-disciplinary teams. * Dynamic personality, with a hands-on mentality, intrinsic drives for improvement and natural leadership competencies. * High commitment to deliver quality. * True team player, very much at ease with working in a networked, highly collaborative environment. * Fluent in English; other languages welcome TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: * Able to travel (up to 50% on average) including extended stays at business unit locations throughout North America. Equal opportunity employer. This company considers candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. Wabash National is a tobacco free environment. If you need any assistance seeking a job opportunity at Wabash National Corporation or any of its affiliates, or if you need reasonable accommodation with the application process, please email

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