Performance Excellence Practitioner - Atlanta, GA

Meadwestvaco Norcross , GA 30071

Posted 3 weeks ago

Performance Excellence Practitioner - Atlanta, GA

HO-Jefferson Plaza

3169 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Jefferson Plaza

Norcross, Georgia, 30071

United States


The Performance Excellence System Practitioner role is designed to coach and guide the implementation of the Performance Excellence System (PES) which is a Lean Six Sigma deployment into the WestRock organization. This role is the direct conduit between the tactical/operational and strategic initiatives in the organization. This position requires a leader who facilitates and drives change in a fast paced and "ever changing" environment leveraging his/her strong interpersonal and influencing skills.

Key to success in this position is the ability to work within and across the organization at all levels creating value and buy-in as the key change facilitator for the Performance Excellence System deployment.

Specific Responsibilities Include:

Align with strategic objectives for the Division/Region/Plant and Execute PES to accomplish them

Perform education to pillar teams and steering committee

Train teams to utilize lean six sigma tools and methodology

Serve as multi-site implementation leader

Serve as multi-site sustainment leader

Provide and share foundational best-practices

Ensure alignment to the system across plants

Identify opportunities to improve processes to support Division/Region/Plant goals

Support and execute kaizens and LSS projects to deliver hard cost savings

Travel required 80%


The PES Practitioner role is responsible for the deployment and ongoing sustainment of the PES Pillar system across the division. In addition, the Practitioner is responsible for the training/coaching of Performance Excellence Leaders at the local plant level. The Practitioner will also support and execute kaizens and LSS projects to meet division/region/plant savings goals.

This position will be focused on driving improvements in revenue and driving cost out of the business through more effective processes, elimination of non-value added or duplicate efforts, waste and other related defects in the process.

Specific duties include:

Coach and assist plants in their Zero Loss Thinking and Analysis

Ensure plants are prepared for the launch of the PES implementations

Provide education on the pillars as necessary

Provide on-site coaching to the individuals/teams as necessary

Perform audits and assessments for the evaluation of PES results and consistency across the division

Identify training needs/gaps prior to and during the implementation.

Raising issues that need addressed

Coach/mentor leadership, CI pillar teams and belts to achieve savings goals

Proactively identify opportunities to utilize the PES system and drive actions to achieve results supporting division/region/plant goals


This position will act as a change agent to instill Lean Six Sigma culture and principles and ensure they are utilized consistently throughout the organization.

Critical Competencies

Exceptional knowledge and skill in Continuous Improvement

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification required

Coaching and communications skills

Strong leadership abilities

Strategic Planning and Execution

Professional maturity - work with all levels

Financial Acumen


4 year degree required, Technical Degree preferred (Engineering, Finance, Etc)

Performance Excellence System Pillar training provided

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Required


Minimum 10 years of manufacturing / operations experience

Minimum 5 years of manufacturing Continuous Improvement experience

Preferred similar experience in Lean Operating Systems

Prefer leadership of deployment of Lean Operating Systems

System Access Requirements

Divisional Data system (Plant Floor, KIWI, AS 400, etc.)

Lean Six Sigma Project Library

Other Requirements

Must be able to perform physical activities that require use of arms and legs, moving body, such as lifting up to 50 pounds repeatedly, balancing, walking, stooping and handling of materials as necessary.


Atlanta strongly preferred but open to other locations depending on proximity to other locations and airport access. Relocation available for the right candidate.


Corporate culture based on integrity, respect, accountability and excellence

Comprehensive training with numerous learning and development opportunities

An attractive salary reflecting skills, competencies and potential

A career with a global packaging company where Sustainability, Safety and Inclusion are business drivers and foundational elements of the daily work.


WestRock Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce: Minorities/Females/ Disabled/Veterans.

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