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Continuous Improvement Regional Manager
Internal Job Title CES SW Regional Hoshin Manager
Region CK Technologies
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Role Summary

The Regional Continuous Improvement Hoshin Manager is a key leadership role within the Lean/ System immersion. Understanding the human response to change and leading others through the change process with professionalism, emotional maturity, courage and consideration is essential.  This role will have regional managerial and tactical responsibility for Lean/TPS Immersion and Strategy Deployment in the Texas facilities. In this role, the Hoshin Manager will manage the Regional Strategy Deployment using the seven steps of Hoshin planning, as guided by the Executive Council Mission A3s, and the Corporate Lean Department Mission A3. Responsible for coaching the Leaders of the manufacturing facilities and support departments within their scope, they will “coach by doing”, combining tactical application and strategic coaching approaches in deploying system implementation and ensuring adherence to company standards. The Hoshin Manager will be responsible for assisting with the development and management of Gemba Coaches and Gemba Managers as assigned. Assist the Director and Vice President of Operations with the development and implementation of standardized lean systems and tools to advance the lean immersion in partnership with the Corporate Lean Director to ensure adherence to standards and alignment across the Family of Companies.


General Responsibilities


Culture Bearer:


Lean/TPS System methodology and thinking

Establishes and maintains positive employee relationships

Focuses on team building amongst the department

Exhibits the traits of the 7 Habits culture with emotional intelligence and maturity

Exhibits the traits of a servant leader

Shares and promotes team successes

Values the Triple Bottom Line (TBL); People, Planet, Profit

Values people regardless of their background

Displays high moral and ethical standards and a high level of integrity

Incorporates the company vision and values into daily activities and behaviors; help others to become and remain motivated

Gives timely and appropriate performance feedback for individuals or teams




Leads Gemba activities, Coaches Gemba Managers and teams through Strategy Deployment and continuous improvement events and activities

Mission A3, VSA, Core Team Development, RIE, etc.

Directs the training and facilitation of improvement teams

Develops Lean Personnel and Departmental Leaders on their Lean skills matrix and other developmental needs in support of their professional development

Challenges paradigms to guide continuous improvement strategies

Provides support and ongoing feedback for teams and designated process owners




Manage “by doing” the implementation of strategy deployment and continuous improvement efforts alongside process owners

Manages the Individual and Operator Flow Cell Certification, Plant 6S and EPPS scoring process, training, and documentation

S.T.O.P. observations and other safety responsibilities as assigned

Drives Regional Cost Savings Initiatives through Operational Owners

Hands on training as required





Identifies and manages necessary reports, documentation, metrics and information needed to effectively guide the Lean Immersion across the Family of Companies

Owns and manages the standardization of the lean systems and tools e.g. trainings, tools, documents, etc. in adherence to Corporate Lean standards

Supports the development and creation of budgets for the department, and manages within the budget; sets goals, objectives and priorities for the groups assigned

Administers the Cost Savings Program for the Region in partnership with Regional Controllers and Project Owners

Develops the creation of training and methods of evaluating training, coaching, teaching, and facilitation in partnership with the Corporate Lean Director

Creates and delivers presentations at Leaders Forum, shift meetings and other occasions as required



This role requires the ability to travel away from the primary location 25% to 50% of the time, depending on role responsibility.


Minimum Education, Experience and Core Competency Requirements:


Bachelor’s Degree in engineering/business/management or other related field, with 5-8 years relevant experience, OR Associate’s degree with 8-10 years relevant experience and supervisory experience across multiple business functions

5-10 years’ experience in coaching the implementation of a lean immersion processes with demonstrated competency in lean tools, philosophies, and principles

Demonstrated strong team leadership and team building skills

Strong written and oral communication skills

Effective presentation skills

Demonstrated ability to coach, mentor and motivate employees through interpersonal and lean techniques

Demonstrated team building and development experience

Strong analytical and problem solving skills; able to make simple, meaningful conclusions from complex data, and a successful history of problem solving

Demonstrated success in meeting goals

Self-motivated and able to work independently and with minimal direction from the Director and Vice President

Must be willing to develop a strong understanding of lean concepts and have the aptitude to build a deep understanding and ability to apply these concepts through Lean tools


Preferred Education, Experience and Core Competency Requirements:


BS in Industrial Engineering or equivalent with 5-10 years of leadership experience

Knowledge of injection molding manufacturing and processing principles

Working knowledge of budgets and financial statements for use in analysis and utilization of financial data