CooperStandard Regional Continuous Improvement Manager in Novi, Michigan

Regional CI Manager is responsible for influencing Continuous Improvement across multiple plants in North America. Position is responsible for ensuring cost savings targets are met, effective lean workshops are facilitated, GRA/BBP’s are implemented, and that year over year improvements are achieved and sustained in other Key Performance Indicators.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead, facilitate, and influence all Continuous Improvement activities for multiple plants in Mexico, US, or Canada through Plant CI’s and Plant teams

  • Ensure cost savings targets are met, and ensure year over year improvements in other Key Performance Indicators

  • Oversee project implementation timelines including resources and responsibility charts that drives manufacturing process improvements decreasing ‘total' manufacturing costs to achieve budgeted lean savings

  • Organize and facilitate Regional updates and reviews of Continuous Improvement scorecard metrics.

  • Educate and align employees to the principles, practices, culture, and philosophies of Continuous Improvement

  • Create and perform training on Lean Manufacturing tools including Kaizen, Value Stream Mapping, Problem Solving, 6S, TPM, Material Flow, SMED etc.

  • Actively participate in setting the plan for achieving future state

  • Identify, document, and maintain financial performance of lean initiatives

  • Compile and present lean event summaries, lessons learned and major impacts to the plants and NA Division

  • Cascade read-across projects among similar manufacturing facilities

  • Train/coach/mentor other team members in facilitation techniques

  • Coach and mentor other employees how to think and act differently as it relates to waste elimination

  • Create and audit processes and systems to ensure sustained improvements and alignment to published standards

  • Work closely with all cross-functional teams to align Continuous Improvement strategies throughout the organization

  • Lead special projects and committees related to Continuous Improvement

  • May, on occasion, be required to perform duties other than those specified in this description

Education and Qualifications:

  • Fluent English, and potentially Spanish if assignment includes Mexico plants

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Engineering preferred

  • Minimum 10 years of automotive manufacturing experience

  • Experience in facilitating at least 50 formal Kaizen workshops with demonstrated results

  • Has high energy and experience inspiring and motivating cross-functional teams

  • Ability to travel 75% throughout Canada, U.S. and Mexico

  • Previous automotive operations management experience preferred

  • Self-starter with the ability to develop strategies in line with the company's business vision

  • Strong leadership skills with the proven ability to set a vision, manage change, develop personnel and strategically plan for Continuous Improvement

  • Must be able to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization (from Operators to Vice President) with the ability to influence others across multiple levels of the organization

  • Ability to handle multiple projects within a fast pace work environment

  • Strong interpersonal relationship skills

  • Must be capable of making decisions based on experience, judgment, technical competency, and support of the objective

  • Will be required to make technical decisions from “concept” to implementation and provide follow-up evaluation of these courses of action

  • Willingness and ability to travel, as necessary

Work Environment/Work Conditions:

  • Professional Office Environment

  • Must wear proper personal protection equipment while on manufacturing floor

  • Travel to manufacturing facilities or customer locations when required

  • Equipment used requires proper training on the potential for and avoidance of injury

Job: *Manufacturing/Operations

Organization: *Corporate

Title: Regional Continuous Improvement Manager

Location: Michigan-Novi

Requisition ID: P158372