This position is national in scope, covering 8 assembly plants, 2 extrusion plants and 1 Cutting plant. The Director, Continuous Improvement will be expected to lead the divisional efforts to define and deploy a world class manufacturing system in each of our plants. This includes ensuring Lean methodologies are employed to define optimum operating conditions (Takt time, cycle times, staffing, etc) as well as six sigma methods are used to reduce process variation within each workstation. This scope of this role goes beyond manufacturing. This role will be responsible for the adoption of continuous improvement methods by all functional areas within the division; ensuring the division has the needed continuous improvement skills (Lean, Six Sigma, TQC, etc) around the division to meet Ply Gem Window’s annual operating goals and its strategic objectives.
Bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, operations, or business discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
Ten plus years of operations and/or engineering experience in a manufacturing environment required. A minimum of 5 years’ hands-on, practical implementation experience with Lean, Six Sigma and/or other Continuous Improvement methodologies that meet business goals. Lean and/or Six Sigma Certification is required. Plant Management experience with a Continuous Improvement initiative deployment is preferred.
Must be able to effectively manage and develop a diverse team of people and facilitate effective cross-cultural business interaction. Strong interpersonal, time management, project management, decision-making and conflict resolution skills. Broad knowledge of multi-functional, multi-site, global organizational processes. Ability to maintain high ethical standards to support a professional business code of conduct. Excellent computer and analytical skills. Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Position requires heavy travel (50+%)