Director - Continuous Improvement in Rochester Hills, MI at Vitro

Date Posted: 12/11/2019

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Job Description


Responsible for continuous improvements activities and results in all US, Poland and China Automotive facilities.


  • Lead transition of company and culture to one of a lean-enterprise to achieve quality and cost leadership among Vitro’s competitive peers.
  • To identify improvement opportunities, then train and coach respective functional management operatives to implement
  • This position requires the capability to learn multiple functional areas within an organization to enable the Director to understand the input/output requirements and value stream flow of each process; then engage/empower/challenge the culture to change to reduce both waste and variation from the system.
  • An understanding of modern Industrial Engineering, Quality, Manufacturing, Logistics, Program Management, Purchasing, and Product/Process Engineering will be important to be able to train, coach and communicate effectively with all functional areas of the organization. Clear and concise communication with upper-management will be important to get support to drive change throughout their respective functional areas.
  • The candidate must possess business acumen, the ability to interpret and understand financial information, as well as, prepare and justify financial analysis for new processes.
  • To identify and deliver service improvement activity across the business through employing Process improvement methodologies and the application of innovative thinking
  • To work with key business stakeholders, and multi-jurisdictional ‘VOPEX Leaders’, to build a continuous improvement environment to support an ongoing program of change
  • To lead and facilitate LEAN/process improvement based workshops to drive ideas and solutions by using Lean Manufacturing Tools i.e 5S, Value Stream Map, Kaizen, STW, Daily Management TPM, QMS, Lean Manufacturing Tools, Launch Readiness, HES and Organizational Capability
  • To support the delivery of better value and greater efficiency through the identification and elimination of unnecessary complexity within business processes and identification of better ways of working
  • To identify trends and process variations as part of establishing a continuous improvement monitoring system
  • To assist in the development and implementation of a ‘best-in-class’ continuous improvement strategy
  • To take ownership of change initiatives from evolution/efficiency identification through to project delivery via internal governance and controls
  • To elicit requirements and drive process change using staff interviews, document analysis, requirements workshops, surveys, site visits, business process descriptions, business analysis and workflow analysis
  • To work with other team members and business services departments to devise new support material based on the revised processes, to include training, reporting and systems enhancements
  • To actively monitor project risks to foresee/identify potential problems and proactively identify solutions to address in advance
  • To ensure the business impact and project objectives/dependencies are identified, reported on and managed at all times
  • To set up a program, deliver coaching and run projects pan jurisdiction
  • To complete post implementation reviews to ensure successful delivery has been achieved and to ensure that improvements can be made for future projects.
  • To Create and Develop the Structure for Standardized Training & Qualification System and take the Global Lead with Plant Managers and Plant VOPEX Leaders in each Facility

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.



Job Requirements

  • Master 6 Sigma Black Belt
  • Master Shainin Red X
  • Minimum 8 years proven continuous improvement analytical experience from a similar role, including project management and business analysis
  • Excellent understanding of continuous improvement concepts including Six Sigma, Lean, value stream mapping
  • Ability to set-up, facilitate and lead service improvement/’WorkOut’ sessions with a range of business stakeholders (incl. Experience of process/value stream mapping)
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, including Project, Visio, Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • A ‘completer-finisher’ taking accountability for ideas from inception to delivery, in an environment that requires robust metrics to confirm success
  • Experience of designing or implementing a framework of continuous improvement in a multijurisdictional organization
  • Experience of hands-on implementation of continuous improvement programs and Lean solutions
  • Experience of designing remediation plans to address productivity and efficiency issues, and track record of following through to ensure closure