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Lean Specialist

Company: Southwire Company LLC
Location: Bremen
Posted on: May 18, 2023

Job Description:

A leader in technology and innovation, Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America's largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, OEM wire products and engineered products. In addition, Southwire supplies assembled products, contractor equipment and hand tools. We are proud to offer competitive compensation, employee benefits, tuition reimbursement, and unlimited growth opportunities. Our nearly seven decades of progressive growth can be attributed to our determination to developing innovative systems and solutions, exercising environmental stewardship and enhancing the wellbeing of our communities. How will you power what's possible?

The Lean Specialist is responsible for planning and implementing programs for facility modifications and revisions to operating methods. The Lean Specialist will participate on multiple projects and apply continuous improvement techniques leveraging Six Sigma and Lean methodologies to solve problems (DMAIC) and build new capabilities. This position is a change agent who challenges organizational leaders to drive continuous improvements; remove organizational barriers to continuous improvement processes.


  • Assist the Lean Leader and/or lead cross-functional projects designed to analyze and design sequence of operations and workflows to improve efficiencies.
  • Assist in controlling studies pertaining to cost, cost reduction, inventory control, and production record systems.
  • Interfacing with other departments to identify improvement opportunities to drive high quality and efficient processes.
  • Help mobilizing problem solving teams and supporting groups to streamline processes.
  • Co-facilitate Kaizen events as appropriate to expand skills in driving continuous improvements in operations and office areas.
  • Share best practices with other site Lean Specialists and develop coordinated plans.

    • BS/BA Degree or equivalent experience

      • Participated in continuous improvement/Lean/Six Sigma efforts and enabling efficiency, effectiveness, and tangible financial benefit.
      • 1- 5 years of business experience showing progressive responsibility.
      • Hands-on and demonstrated experience with continuous improvement programs up to and including deployment of Lean and Six Sigma tools and methodologies.
      • Demonstrated successful project leader experience and acumen.
      • Comfortable with ambiguity and able to interpret and determine a way forward.
      • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
      • Ability and willingness to achieve Green Belt Certification within 12 - 18 months and transition into a Lean Senior Specialist role.
      • The ability to travel up to 10% of the time.

        Benefits We Offer:
        • 401k Matching
        • Family and Individual Insurance Packages (Health, Life, Dental, and Vision)
        • Paid Time Off & Paid Holidays
        • Long & Short-Term Disability
        • Identity Theft Plans
        • Retirement & Pension Plans
        • Employee Assistance Program
        • Employee Referral Program
        • Tuition Reimbursement Programs
        • Advancement & Professional Growth opportunities
        • Parental Leave
        • & More

          Leam Specialist Bremen IN

          Title : Lean Specialist
          Location: Bremen IN


          The position will support and manage the Lean Enterprise system and Continuous Improvement processes coupled with being responsible for the support and development of (tools, training, SOP and KPI metrics) at the Bremen Plant. The candidate will lead continuous improvement projects working collaboratively with cross functional teams. Participate in the development, execution, and maintenance of transformation plans, delivering coaching and training on Lean principles, concepts and tools, leading kaizen events, knowledge sharing, and helping to identify future Lean minded personnel.

          Description of Duties and Responsibilities:

          Knowledge of Lean Management system and Lean tools - 5S, Daily Huddle Process, Value Stream Mapping (VSM), Standard Work, Strategy Deployment, SMED, TPM and 3P Layout with the ability to become certified and facilitate events on these tools.
          Assist in analyzing and optimizing plant and equipment layouts using (3P & VPI)
          Demonstrated experience with transforming business processes, with the ability to promote and sustain continuous improvement efforts/projects and culture through engaging, influencing, inspiring, and motivating others
          Lead or assist projects from idea generation to execution with the goal of improving key performance indicators (KPIs). Develop and maintain dashboards/KPIs for reporting.
          Maintain accurate and current training documentation for SOPs. Ensure that processes are measured, monitored, and controlled through Standard work.
          Target process improvement initiatives, working with process owners and project team members through all phases of planning, implementation, and control
          Assist with reports and presentations to communicate best practices, report progress and provide support to other leaders as necessary
          Highly self-motivated and directed, able to work well under pressure, manage and prioritize multiple initiatives concurrently, attend to details, and meet deadlines
          Train and coach others at the location to become Lean practitioners and team facilitators
          Lead Value Stream Mapping and Kaizen events to identify process wastes, understand gaps, and implement countermeasures through a solution approach
          Acting as a change agent - deliver the change management framework to ensure support and buy-in for improvement projects
          Collaborate with Operations leadership team to develop annual plans in support of continuous improvement to drive improvements in key metrics such as safety, quality, delivery, cost, cash, employee engagement, and growth, identifying indicators for future improvement opportunities

          Qualifications and Experience Requirements:

          Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Business, Safety, or similar field 2+ years of experience preferred.
          Lean Six Sigma Green or Black Belt Certification is a plus
          Must possess strong leadership skills as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills
          Excellent problem-solving ability. Ability to expedite problem solving (root cause analysis) complete with corrective action solutions
          Lead projects while also providing value as an individual contributor
          Support quality improvement efforts associated with work processes and procedures Utilize SAP, analytics tools, and supporting system skills for efficient operations. All other special projects and tasks as assigned.
          Progressive work history in manufacturing environment demonstrating growth in position and/or responsibility.


          Nimble Learning
          Customer Focus
          Plans and Aligns
          Balances Stakeholders
          Action Oriented
          Southwire is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Keywords: Southwire Company LLC, South Bend , Lean Specialist, Other , Bremen, Indiana

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