REPORTS TO: Corporate KPS Manager
DESCRIPTION: Develop processes or systems to increase productivity using Kasai Production System (KPS-Lean) principles. Develop standard procedures on the production floor and support departments that increase efficiency and eliminate waste. Train KPS Coordinators in problem solving and the introduction of new standards.
- Participate in QC story activities across North American facilities.
- Identify waste and eliminate non-value added work from the process or policies.
- Develop policy and improvement standards across North American KASAI facilities.
- Serve as a key communications facilitator, trainer, coach, and counselor for KPS Coordinators.
- Conduct KPS principle training courses with all members of the organization.
- Manage and communicate information from plant KPS Coordinators to VP of operations and vice versa.
- Design or evaluate human work systems, using human factors engineering and ergonomic principles to optimize usability, cost, quality, safety, or performance.
- Collect data through direct observation of work activities or witnessing the conduct of tests.
- Conduct interviews or surveys of users or customers to collect information on topics such as requirements, needs, fatigue, ergonomics, or interfaces.
- Prepare reports or presentations summarizing results or conclusions of human factors engineering or ergonomics activities, such as testing, investigation, or validation.
- Recommend workplace changes to improve health and safety, using knowledge of potentially harmful factors, such as heavy loads or repetitive motions.
- Assess the user-interface or usability characteristics of products.
- Review health, safety, accident, or worker compensation records to evaluate safety program effectiveness or to identify jobs with high incidents of injury.
- Conduct research to evaluate potential solutions related to changes in equipment design, procedures, manpower, personnel, or training.
- Integrate human factors requirements into operational hardware.
- Train users in task techniques or ergonomic principles.
- Provide technical support to clients through activities such as rearranging workplace fixtures to reduce physical hazards or discomfort or modifying task sequences to reduce cycle time.
- Inspect work sites to identify physical hazards.
- Establish system operating or training requirements to ensure optimized human-machine interfaces.
- Authorities for an employee are granted by means of work instructions, policies and procedures and/or direction provided by management to meet the requirements of the customer
- BSIE, BSME or Engineering Technology.
- Minimum of 5 years of experience in a manufacturing environment with an emphasis on continuous improvement.
- Automotive experience preferred but not required
- Experience leading kaizen teams on the shop floor
- Specialized skills in methods engineering and work measurement.
- High level of engineering problem solving skills (DMAIC concept preferred) required.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to train people and provide leadership in a team environment.
- Strong understanding of lean manufacturing principles
- Strong computer skills required in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Power Point.
- Able to work all shifts as necessary and the flexibility to work split shifts if required
- Able to travel 50% of the time
This job description should not be construed to imply the above duties and responsibilities are exclusive standards for this position. Incumbents should be prepared to follow other instructions and perform other duties as assigned/required by the Plant Manager, DGM-KPS Promotions (Operations) and/or SVP Manufacturing