Regional Continuous Improvement Leader

Job Locations US-CA-Madera
Posted Date 1 month ago(4/12/2024 8:50 AM)
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At ADS, no idea is off limits, and we celebrate creativity and bold moves.  For more than 50 years ADS has been manufacturing a variety of innovative and environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional materials.  Headquartered in Hilliard, Ohio, we are a multi-billion dollar stormwater management company, manufacturing pipe and ancillary products. What does that mean? When it storms, we capture rain with our drain basins, convey it with pipe, store it using chambers and finally treat it with our water quality products, before safely returning water back to the environment. We handle, what we call, the entire lifecycle of a raindrop. Our products help prevent flooding, which increases quality of life for people living in large cities, suburbs, and rural towns. We also believe in creating a circular economy and are the largest plastic recycling company in North America. We use plastic shampoo and detergent bottles to create pipe, diverting over 500 million pounds of plastic from landfills every year. ADS operates a global network of over 60 manufacturing plants and 30 distribution centers. 


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The Continuous Improvement Leader works as part of a team that coordinates and strategically leads performance improvement throughout the manufacturing operations using Lean, Six Sigma and other Operational Tools and Methodologies.  The CI Leader will be involved in all facets of operations, safety, quality, engineering, logistics, providing project and process improvement support.  The successful CI Leader is able to develop and deliver LSS training content in both workshop environments and remotely by conference calls or webinars.  The CI Leader is a mentor and coach for the factory leadership teams to strengthen capability in areas of lean operations and change management.
Primary Job Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Drive the development and implementation of CI improvement plans consistent with and in support of the strategic plan and business operating plan.
  • Lead local improvement teams both directly on selected projects and through other team leads as needed.
  • Mine and analyze data to support the project selection process.
  • Provide training and develop training-related materials.
  • Follow-up and audit project progress to ensure results are achieved and sustained.
  • Resolve implementation issues, creating and managing implementation communication processes, and ensuring consistency
  • of implemented processes and programs throughout manufacturing operations.
  • Utilize OEE and other tools to identify gaps in performance versus best practices, and then work with all levels of the plant in establishing and executing a strategy for improving them.
  • Generate correspondence, host conference calls, meetings and events to launch projects, and support initiatives.
  • Routinely engage and support Corporate leaders and task force groups to guide and/or manage improvement efforts
  • Lead, assistant and develop deliverables such as standard work to sustain improvement efforts.
  • Using various project management tools and systems, prepare detailed plans, drive project performance and assure timely completion of goals and objectives.

Job Skills:

This position should possess the following skills/knowledge:

  • Strong foundation of the Microsoft Office suite of software, Visio, Smartsheet, project software
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Photography & video work
  • Oracle, or other ERP systems
  • Understanding of quality systems
  • Facilitation and team building
  • Management, Leadership and motivation
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Process design and improvement
  • Project management & multi-tasking
  • Leading and managing change
  • Coaching and training
  • Knowledge of Asset Management Programs
  • Business and technical writing
  • Understanding of our Safety systems, programs and engineering-related efforts
  • Understanding or our Machine Tool Operations


Educational Requirements & Work History:

  • Bachelor’s of Science preferred in a field relevant to plant operations.
  • A minimum 5 years of experience in manufacturing setting, plastics preferred.
  • In depth knowledge of Continuous Improvement (CI) tools and Lean Six Sigma methodology.
  • Displays initiative, desire to drive change and is motivated to exceed expectations.
  • Proven project management.
  • Strong communication skills – shop floor through management
  • Experienced transformational leader.

Physical Requirements:

The Position requires full range of body motion on a daily basis to including twisting, bending, and reaching
Ability to work in a manufacturing environment with extreme hot and cold temperatures
The employee will be required to travel up to 20% to various facilities in the US and Canada.
Capable of working on your feet for an extended period of time.

EEO Statement

ADS supports an inclusive workplace that values diversity of thought, experience, and background. We celebrate the power of our differences to create better solutions for our customers by ensuring employees can be their authentic selves each day. ADS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, creed, status with regard to public assistance, genetic status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.


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