Leading the team to succeed, the Team Leader has several key responsibilities for their designated work area and assigned shift which include: serving as a support resource, leading “5-7” Team Members to meet production schedules, facilitating the safe and productive manufacture of high quality products, effectively driving and maintaining the standardized work process; training Team Members in the proper method; and helping the team to succeed in an environment based on BOS, continuous improvement, Lean manufacturing, and 5-S. Key characteristics of a successful Team Leader are problem-solving, coaching and eliminating waste in the organization by responding to abnormalities and following the TMS philosophy. It is anticipated that this position will devote approximately 95% of scheduled time on the shop floor within their area of responsibility.
- ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Reviews plant safety communications with all Team Members per plant guidelines.
- Demonstrates a critical eye for safety by maintaining a physically and professionally safe work environment.
- Champions and promotes the plant’s safety policies and procedures by adopting the Tenneco safety culture while proactively observing activities in their area of responsibility for future safety risks.
- Leads by example in promoting safety practices and policies, including but not limited to, initiating start-of-shift stretches, wearing proper PPE, and holding all Team Members accountable for wearing theirs; following LOTO procedures; reminding the team about the importance of Hazcom labels (present, correct and legible data) and MSDS information.
- Supports root cause accident investigation within their assigned area of responsibility.
- Surfaces all team member injuries and/or illnesses to Group Leader.
- Observes Team Members’ techniques as they perform the job functions and counter measures any awkward or unnecessary movements. Collaborates with the Group Leader and/or EH&S coordinator to continuously improve the ergonomics of the work.
- Is accountable for sustaining and improving safety System Outputs through Type 1 (Abnormalities) and Type 2 (Improvements towards Ideal) problem solving within area of responsibility.
- Daily promotes the 5-S Process for their area of responsibility.
- Continually evaluates the 5-S condition by observing the process area and followup on abnormalities.
- Completes any 5-S documentation and records as required by the 5-S plan.
- Team Leaders or their assigned designee trains the Team Members in Standardized Work practices and follows up on any concerns that arise, actively observing Team Members’ techniques or methods that potentially improve the standardized work.
- Leads by example to ensure consistency of standardized work by all Team Members.
- Coordinates the “continuous improvement” of Standardized Work and follows up to ensure changes are made or abnormalities are resolved.
- Adheres to the ongoing use of the yellow card audit system
- Assesses Team Members adherence to standardized work, updates and revises standardized work (as necessary), and completes the standardized work training matrix to document all training.
Job Instruction Methodology (JIM) Training:
- Trains using the JIM: 1) Prepare the team member; 2) Present the operation to the team member; 3) Allow the team member to try out the operation;, and 4) provide coaching and follow up.
- Creates job breakdown sheets and standardize work processes with the team.
- Provides department/new hire orientation as required for replacements.
- Communicates with the next shift any and all issues/concerns resulting from your shift’s operations.
- Provides timely and effective feedback to help Team Members to strengthen specific skill areas needed to accomplish a task or solve a problem.
- Leads daily start of shift glass wall team meeting to share information concerning safety, quality, inventory, production schedules, etc.
- Listens and talks to the Team Members to get a better sense of their concerns and issues.
- Escalates issues and/or successes of the cell to the Group Leader as necessary.
- Maintains the glass wall according to Tenneco’s global standard.
- Completes required paper work such as production records and charts, quality information and logbook for shift-to-shift communication.
Problem Solving / Philosophy:
- Leads actions to countermeasure a problem’s root cause, monitors the results and standardizes the changes made to correct the problem.
- Proactively resolves problems in the cell and when necessary escalate per plant process.
- “Go see” and observes problems first hand, investigates and ensures an effective understanding of the facts/data.
- Solves problems utilizing the “scientific method.”
- Deepens process learning through rapid low-cost trials/experiments to solve problems.
- Leads and mentors the team to continuously improve their processes towards True North and strive to eliminate waste in the process.
- Develops, supports and monitors activities that foster teamwork within the group.
- Coordinates job assignments based on production needs and/or attendance concerns.
- Analyzes work balance to eliminate waste.
- Builds cross functional working relationships to achieve work and team goals.
- Supports a positive work environment that is free of harassment, discrimination or other unlawful practices.
- Immediately escalates any unlawful or improper practices to their Group Leader and or Human Resources.
III. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
- High school diploma or GED equivalent are required, desire to pursue higher education is encouraged.
- Working knowledge of computer programs including Microsoft Office, Lotus Notes, and SAP preferred.
- Industrial or manufacturing experience with 12 month shop floor operations experience preferred.
- Behavioral Competencies
- Provide training to members on the materials team.
- Ability to give and receive clear instructions.
- Ability to assess and assign day to day jobs to team members and self.
- Provide information to Supervisor on progress of day to day task or projects.
- Alert supervisor of any issues that prevent material team from completing job assignments.
- Ensure completion of daily duties.
- Flexibility to handle other duties as required to meet our goals.
- Must be able to pass a forklift, tugger, and standup forklift driving test.
- Must possess knowledge to read, write, and perform basic math skills (includes basic algebra, fractions, geometry).
- Must have the ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram forms.
- Experience in effective use of inventory systems and computer applications.
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
- Ability to prepare routine reports and correspondence.
- Decision Making
- Driving for Results
- Building Trust
- Continuous Improvement
- Facilitating Change
- Environmental, Physical and Social Conditions
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- The employee is regularly required to stand in place for long periods of time and uses dexterity of hands to handle and feel materials.
- Ability to communicate effectively.
- The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
- The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds, and may occasionally lift and/or move more weight with the safety assistance of another employee.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
- Ability to lift up to 50lbs required
- Good Visual Acuity
- Manual dexterity
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Regular exposure to moving mechanical parts.
- Occasional exposure to fumes or airborne particles, liquids including oil, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.
- Noise levels in the work environment are usually loud, requiring hearing protection.
- Temperatures will vary in the factory (hot to cold).
- The work spaces will sometimes be somewhat crowded.
- Personal protective equipment is required in all manufacturing areas including, but not limited to, hearing and eye protection, and steel-toed safety shoes.
- Need for Driving or Travel On rare or infrequent occasions, the manager may assign a short trip to travel by automobile or commercial carrier to attend meetings, training, conferences, or customer visits or other plants.