AGG/Tower is looking for Area CI Managers. Position will be out of the new Tech Center in New Boston, MI
Provide leadership, training and resources for continuous improvement to achieve optimal levels of safety, quality, profitability, productivity and delivery to assure internal and external customer satisfaction.
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES
•Support the enterprise’s mission, vision and values in performance of daily activities.
•Provides leadership, mentoring and coaching to the plant continuous improvement team and the plant leadership team consistent with company, department and plant business goals.
•Responsible for development and for providing input into the performance appraisal of the continuous improvement colleagues in the plant including mentoring, coaching, counseling and corrective action when situations dictate.
•Responsible for assisting in the identification, selection, training and coaching of continuous improvement management talent.
•Assess and build leadership bench-strength and organizational capabilities as well as create a collaborative high performance work environment.
•Provides guidance and counsel to leadership and functional management teams on a variety of issues including continuous improvement standard work initiatives, Kaizen, performance metrics, capacity planning and analysis, etc.
•Provides leadership in all continuous improvement programs and processes including the development, coordination, implementation, and maintenance of continuous improvement programs, processes and services including policy development and compliance.
•Assess training needs and develop tools to effectively address colleague development at all levels of the organization.
•Guide the research, development and implementation of programs and best practices to maximize cost savings through implementation of proactive and innovative programs.
•Lead all plant continuous improvement management system functions and activities. Maintain communications with Plant Managers and continuous improvement colleagues.
•Guide the plant continuous improvement managers in providing prioritized direction and leadership to ensure continuing improvement goals and objectives are being met.
•Guides the design, development, implementation and monitoring of verification methods to ensure team members are gaining knowledge from the training and that the continuous improvement activities are sustainable long term.
•Responsible for following all internal and OSHA required procedures in performing daily activities and hold direct reports accountable for enforcement.
•Provide leadership essential to maintaining safety as a fundamental priority in plant based activities.
•Responsible for ensuring the entire team has the necessary training, tools and materials to properly perform their roles safely and efficiently.
•Maintain a positive working relationship with all levels of the organization.
• Ability to travel up to 50% of the time to varies company plant locations.
•Provide key input into the development of the Plant’s strategic business plan and identify and track key measurables to support plant business plan goals.
•Responsible for knowing and providing guidance on production processes including: manpower planning, engineering standards, performance metrics, capacity planning and analysis, and new model launch consideration.
•Possesses knowledge of financial considerations when evaluating Continuous Improvement initiatives including capital, rate of return and operating income impact.
•Prioritize Continuous Improvement activities based upon financial impact, availability of resources and timing concerns.
•Review and measure manufacturing methods, technology application and workflow processes and apply lean/continuous improvement application skills.
•Responsible for working with the plant continuous improvement managers and the plant leadership team to plan, execute, monitor and continuously improve plant and corporate objectives.
•Provide support and guidance to all departments in the application of lean/continuous improvement manufacturing techniques.
•Monitor the effectiveness of the Tower Automotive Productivity System, anticipate problems, implement corrective action and develop adjustments to the system.
•Track, monitor and implement required improvement activities related to business plan, goals, issues, etc.
•Direct and drive the utilization of problem solving methods for related plant and customer issues.
•Assist, as required, plant activities to achieve customer cost reductions goals.
•Provide active leadership role in meeting / exceeding customer expectations in all related areas.
•Interface with customers and suppliers as appropriate.
•Assure all safety devices are properly in place and utilized, and to verify individual usage of personal protective equipment by the entire work team.
•Adherence to all company policies & procedures (ex. Quality Policy Manual, Colleague Handbook, Level II Procedures, etc).
•Provides leadership and mentoring to plant continuous improvement managers and analysts.
•Ability to identify, select, train and coach management talent.
•Provides model behavior to demonstrate corporate values.
•Bachelor’s Degree in business related field, prefer manufacturing, engineering or quality, Master’s Degree preferred.
•Minimum eight (8) or more years experience in a manufacturing environment with experience in a metals environment preferred, or a combination of degree and experience.
•Six sigma black belt experience & knowledge
•Possess knowledge of plant department functions and corresponding roles and interactions to facilitate overall plant synergy.
•Vision and ability to translate progressive operating techniques into applications and results.
•Excellent organizational, analytical and communication skills.
•Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
•Ability to mentor and teach the team effective problem solving methods.
•Demonstrated experience in applying lean manufacturing concepts.
•Proven leadership ability and excellent interpersonal skills.
•Ability to interpret financial and performance data.
•Ability to work well with others in a team environment.
•Proficient in Microsoft Office software.
•Experience in quality and environmental measurables such as TS 16949 and ISO 14001.
•Ability to read and write in English and perform mathematical calculations.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS, WORK ENVIRONMENT AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Duties include but are not limited to: stand, walk, twist, bend, lift, see, talk and hear. Ability to travel. Frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts, vibration and hazardous materials.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by colleagues assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, qualifications, or working conditions.