Plant City, Florida

Key Responsibilities

The Lean Leader will focus on growth and process improvement projects. Responsibilities include:
  • Change Management
    • Drives targeted, sustainable improvement by leveraging cross-functional teamwork and change management processes
    • Functions as a senior leader of the site to implement continuous improvement in targeted areas
    • Assists in the development of improvement roadmaps (i.e., how to use tools and processes to drive sustainable improvement results)
    • Supports focused deployment of Lean tools across the organization to assure excellence in operational execution
    • Ensures successful kaizen events by installing and ensuring commitment to the kaizen process which includes 1) planning of kaizen with a dynamic funnel process, 2) kaizen execution, and 3) sustainment of kaizen
  • Communications:
    • Responsible for Plant and Network communications (written and oral)
    • Elevates critical business decisions to the appropriate management teams and/or functional managers
  • Relationship/People Management:
    • Promotes and facilitates diagnosis of work flow impediments throughout the business and provides expert counsel on appropriate tools to eliminate them
    • Collaborates with internal and external business partners for benchmarking performance and knowledge building of industry best practices to guide decisions for implementation of projects
    • Develops and maintains strong relationships with functional leaders to drive success of projects and teams
    • Promotes and facilitates kaizen leadership
    • Influences cross-functional collaboration
  • Process Management:
    • Process Improvement knowledge through delivery of high quality and high impact deliverables
    • Actively reviews policy and practice improvements to drive performance excellence
    • Influences cross-functional systems effectiveness
    • Financial acumen - budget, forecast, and strategic plans
    • Continuous improvement of the product development process to optimize time to market
  • Leadership Requirements:
    • Lead a group or team of employees in the achievement of organizational goals. Guide, coach, direct, and develop direct reports.
    • Provide leadership through influence in a complex, matrixed environment.
    • Focuses on Voice of Customer, Voice of Business, personal accountability, and an unyielding commitment to results.
    • Foster a diverse workplace that enables all participants to contribute to their full potential in pursuit of organizational objectives.
    • Monitor and ensure compliance with company policies and procedures (e.g., federal/country and regulatory requirements).

Minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in leading process improvement projects in manufacturing environment
  • Proficient in Lean, including Kaizen (continuous improvement design and facilitation)
  • Excellent communication skills; comfortable in front of all levels of the organization, as well as external customers.
  • Strong leadership, negotiation and conflict management skills.
  • Experience using process improvement tools.
  • Capable of working independently under ambiguous and/or changing conditions.
  • Demonstrated ability to function independently in a high-impact position, with deadline and resource constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate across disciplines and integrate all aspects of business as they impact development projects, including negotiation of scope, roles and responsibilities, specifications, timelines, and resources up, across, and down in the organization.
Education and Experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of lean, six sigma, continuous improvement experience; daily management, strategy deployment, and problem solving in manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated proficiency applying Lean principles in a variety of situations
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification preferred
  • Advanced degree (MS, MBA) is desirable
James Hardie is 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, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

Plant City, Florida

James Hardie Industries is the world’s #1 producer and marketer of high-performance fiber cement and fiber gypsum building solutions. We employ a diverse global workforce of approximately 4,800 employees across operations in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, and generated more than $2.9 billion in net sales during our 2021 financial year. We believe that home is a sanctuary and a canvas for self-expression without compromise. As the trusted innovator and industry leader in the markets where we operate, James Hardie empowers homeowners and building professionals alike to achieve their dream home with premium quality solutions that enable endless possibilities for design and aesthetics, while also delivering trusted protection and long-lasting beauty. Key to this effort is our dedication to our customers, market driven innovation, an inclusive and empowering company culture, and an unwavering commitment to our Zero Harm safety initiative. We also recognize the company’s ability to influence the communities in which we live and work around the world. While operating with a global mindset, we put great care into how our business impacts the local communities in which we operate and serve by sourcing locally, employing locally and delivering locally. Our business is fast-paced, and our people are smart in the way we solve problems, driven in our pursuit of results, and real in the way we build relationships and work together. We have opportunities available in manufacturing and production, sales, marketing, engineering, supply chain, accounting and finance, information technology, and more.

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