Lean/Six Sigma Leader
EaglePicher Technologies is the leading producer of batteries and energetic devices for the defense, space and commercial industries, and provides the most experience and broadest capability in battery electrochemistry of any battery supplier in the United States. It offers a wide range of battery technology including thermal, nickel hydrogen, lithium carbonmonofluoride, lithium thionyl chloride, lithium manganese dioxide, lithium sulfur dioxide, lithium ion, reserve lithium oxyhalide, custom battery assemblies and silver zinc batteries. EPT also provides other energy products and pyrotechnic devices for the defense industry as well as advanced battery chargers and other power solutions for business, industrial and recreational applications. EaglePicher Technologies is headquartered in Joplin, Missouri.
The Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt will be responsible for creating, communicating, implementing and managing the LEAN and Six Sigma process for all of EaglePicher.
Position Responsibilities include:
• Coach and drive Operational Excellence/Lean pilots/ lean and Six Sigma projects. Based on the defined methodology, a Lean Program Leader structures and launches, and for more complex projects also co-runs, the Lean projects jointly with the other Lean Blackbelts. To ensure impact, the Lean Program Leader actively participates in the structuring, the diagnostic, the generation of the project plan, and in most cases, the implementation of the pilot phase that ensures that a part of the operation is optimized while the local team is trained in Lean so they can continue optimizing the remaining operations autonomously and the Program Leader can move to the next area of evaluation.
• At start of the project, the Lean Program Leader will, together with the Lean project manager, run the day-to-day project management of a pilot, including team management, creation and tracking/ monitoring of project plans, escalation of challenges, managing interfaces with local teams, identifying and testing solutions to identified operational issues, documenting overall impact, etc.
• Over time, when the local resources are more mature and grow in autonomy, the corporate Lean Program Leader ensures all elements are in place to ensure sustainable results (including standardization, 5S, performance management, problem solving, a proper governance) and progressively reduces his active involvement, typically leading to ongoing distant support on a regular but infrequent basis.
• Support mature lean projects and coach experienced Local Lean Project Managers. Some operations have experienced Lean Project Managers, which do not need intensive support to run their projects. They still benefit from periodic coaching on the issues they might encounter or just on having a problem solving partner. The Lean Program Leader supports and coaches these local managers, and ensures systematic interaction and sharing of experiences and best practices. This link to local operations also supports the further development of the common Lean methodology and best practice documentation.
• Support the further development of the Lean System. This methodology and affiliated training program is a practical and pragmatic collection of methods and tools specifically adapted to the EaglePicher operation. It covers all relevant topics, from how to analyze a lab, identify and quantify improvement opportunities to finally define and implement appropriate solutions to increase quality, reduce turn-around-time and save cost.
• The Lean Program Leader will, with support of the Operations leadership team, own and develop parts of the methodology, create new training modules, review and challenge proposals from colleagues and lead/ participate in workshops to challenge and further complete the methodology, as well as the creation and measurement of quality metrics at EaglePicher sites.
• Implementation of Management Operating Systems (MOS)
• Support the dissemination of the Lean System through coaching in projects, delivering of trainings, organization of onboarding events to visit sites, organizing knowledge sharing calls with a wider Lean expert network and contributing to specific Lean communications, such as newsletters.
• Participate in the selection of local Lean project managers, by supporting local HR departments in assessing the Lean knowledge and experience of candidates and participating in the recruitment decision process.
• Define best practices. The program leader will ensure that all identified and successfully tested practices are documented so they can be shared with each location, using standardized templates.
• Support or lead other Lean initiatives. Depending on the workload and team composition, a Lean Program Leader might also support or lead other initiatives of the Lean group. He is expected to be a flexible team member of the “consulting pool” that can be assigned to different projects or initiatives, depending on the overall situation
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Strong computer, scientific, and organizational skills
• Excellent communication (oral and written) and attention to detail
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team, self-motivation, adaptability, and a positive attitude
• Ability to learn new techniques, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, keep accurate records, follow instructions, and comply with company policies
• Lean TPM back ground
• Six Sigma Black Belt
• Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Economy, or other related degree concentration, or equivalent directly-related experience (two years of directly related industry experience is equivalent to one full-time year of college in related major)
• 10- 15% Travel required
• 2 year of project management experience
• Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a Lean/Six Sigma Setting
• Authorization to work in the United States indefinitely without restriction or sponsorship
EaglePicher Technologies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.