Regional Lean Improvement Portfolio Manager

Atkore Kokomo , IN 46901

Posted 2 months ago

Atkore International Group Inc. is a leading manufacturer of Electrical Raceway products, primarily for the non-residential construction and renovation markets, and Mechanical Products & Solutions for the construction and industrial markets. Our mission is to be the customer's first choice for electrical raceway and mechanical products and solutions, by providing unmatched quality, delivery and value based on sustainable excellence in strategy, people and processes.

Our business is comprised of two reporting segments, Electrical Raceway and Mechanical Products & Solutions, with total annual revenue of $1.9 B. Electrical Raceway has 2 business units, Cable Solutions and Conduit & Fittings, totaling just over $1.4B in annual revenue. Mechanical Products is a stand-alone business unit with about $500M in annual revenue.

Our global locations include 66 manufacturing and distribution centers in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, China, Australia, and New Zealand with over 4,000 employees.

The ideal candidate will have 7-10 years experience in lean manufacturing cultural transformation, ideally in a business system-based company as a continuous improvement leader, black belt, or similar role.

We are currently searching for a Regional Atkore Business System (ABS) Lean Improvement Portfolio Manager to be based out of one of our manufacturing plants in either Harvey, IL, Hobart, IN or Kokomo, IN, reporting to the Director of ABS, Mechanical Products & Solutions. This role may include future relocation to the Chicago area depending on employee's career progression.

The Regional ABS Lean Improvement Portfolio Manager will act as a key change agent for fostering, promoting, and deploying the Atkore Business System (ABS).

ABS includes three primary pillar: Strategy, People, Process.

Those business system pillars are supported by Lean Daily Management (LDM) to manage and sustain the business that we have today, and Strategy Deployment Process (SDP) to create the business that we aspire to become.

The Regional ABS Lean Improvement Portfolio Manager will be responsible for deploying Lean methodology including strategy design and deployment, training, mentoring, coaching, and subject matter expertise, working closely with other functions in the plant including Customer Service, Warehousing, Production, Maintenance, Procurement, Environmental Health & Safety Finance, Human Resources and Quality.

  • Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and drive value stream mapping (VSM)

  • VSM continuous improvement road maps and action plans.

  • Identify,create, and sustain standard processes throughout the organization.

  • Lead process and transactional improvement Kaizens

  • Categorize opportunities as improvement opportunities as just do it activities, projects, or Kaizen leve

  • Facilitate lean daily management and lead the path to Gemba

  • Partner with all functions to define process capabilities, assess gaps and develop gap closure plans.

  • Engage the plant teams in setting specific goals around ABS initiatives and facilitating the ABS control room. This includes working with leadership both functionally and strategically to drive overall improvements in specific areas to drive Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost and Innovation.

  • Manage Key Process Indicators and Targets To Improve (TTI) dashboards for Strategy Deployment Process.

  • Support productivity improvement projects in the plant and other transactional waste reduction initiatives.

  • Provide input and feedback to key leadership positions about process improvement opportunities specific to all parts of the organization.

  • Provide functional leadership with awareness, knowledge and guidance of Lean and/or Six Sigma principles, methodologies and tools to support achievement of ABS business objectives.

  • Provide mentorship to key personnel in developing a culture of ABS throughout the organization.

  • Plan, coordinate, lead, and teach regularly different sections of the training sessions demonstrating knowledge of the Lean and Six Sigma tools.

  • Mentor, influence and develop potential lean practitioner candidates through their projects driving business change.

  • Identify ideas with other functional leaders, employees and customers to create opportunities for process improvement throughout the organization.

  • Effectively influence team decisions to manage risks and balance robust product, service and process design with a sense of urgency.

  • Engage with corporate ABS team to ensure compliance and implementation in MP&S.

  • Support development of ABS toolsets and programs in conjunction with corporate ABS program.

  • Write training outlines and programs as needed.

  • Deliver effective training either in a classroom setting or on the manufacturing floor.

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Engineering (MfgE or IE preferred) or other related functional areas or work experience.

  • Minimum 7-10 years' experience within a manufacturing operations leading other preferred

  • Certified Lean Practitioner or Certified Six Sigma Black Belt strongly preferred.

  • Ability to influence and communicate effectively at all levels of the organization from senior management to hourly employees.

  • Excellent training, coaching, communication and presentation skills.

  • Demonstrated success at launching a new process and utilization of analytical and process improvement tools and methods; g. Lean, Six Sigma and other engineering, quality and manufacturing analysis tools.

  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes and technology is preferred.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Excel and Power Point.

  • Willingness to function as an embedded member of the operations team and actively participate in improvement events in the factory environment for days at a time.

  • Ability to occasionally work off shift to provide training and facilitate continuous improvement initiatives to all production shifts.

  • Ability to understand plant level finances and financial metrics.

  • Proficient in creating and analyzing data.

  • Proven ability to conduct complex problem solving and analysis and apply these abilities to product or service development and process improvement.

  • Ability to work both as a member of a team, a team leader or as an individual contributor.

  • Experience developing and documenting standard work for all levels of the organization.

  • History leading, facilitating, and supporting Kaizen events.

  • Strong background in strategy deployment process, (Hoshin Kanriis preferred).

  • Demonstrated competency working across business units with an integrated team to achieve positive results.

  • Strong business and technical acumen required.

  • Travel 75 %. This is a multi-facility position. Must be open to frequent travel as business needs arise.

Our Culture Drives Value

Atkore's culture is created from the disciplined use of the Atkore Business System (ABS), which is a critical part of our mission and a foundational system based on excellence in People, Strategy, and Processes, tied together with Lean Daily Management (LDM) to manage and sustain the business we have today, and Strategy Deployment Process (SDP) to create the business we aspire to become.

Having the right talent in the right roles enables successful ABS execution, improves our customer's experience, and delivers breakthrough results. Said another way, that's how we win!

Great Leaders Drive Value

Atkore is committed to creating an engaged and aligned workplace that helps drive an accountable and performance-based culture. Our team possesses a willingness to strive for breakthrough results, stays focused on being standout leaders, and fully supports decisions of the Company after robust debate. We consistently live the Atkore mission, learn our strategic priorities and link behaviors to those priorities, all in a way that's consistent with our core values. Together, we build stronger leaders and improve customer satisfaction which positively increases the overall value of the enterprise.

Atkore Delivers Value to You

By joining Atkore, you can expect to receive a competitive salary in addition to a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401(k) with company match, a generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, as well as life, accident and disability insurance. In addition, Atkore offers wellness programs and employee assistance resources to help employees achieve a healthy work-life balance.

Our dedicated employees are recognized for their commitment to our customers and making our company better than it was the day before.

Atkore International is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate because of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital or family status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, military veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Atkore International is a diverse company that believes its employees are the foundation for investing in its future, through the understanding that awareness and acceptance of our individual difference enhance inclusion and promote engagement and alignment. Diversity and inclusion are keys to growing our business and providing a work environment that fosters contributions by all employees.

Join our team and align yourself with an industry leader!


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