Continuous Improvement Manager

5-7 years
2 months ago
Job Description

We supply the sustainable and innovative paints and coatings that our customers, communities - and the environment - are increasingly relying on. Our world class portfolio of brands - including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon - is trusted by customers around the globe. We're active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It's what you'd expect from a pioneering paints company that's committed to science-based targe ts and is taking genuine action to address globally relevant challenges and protect future generations.

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Job Purpose

The Continuous Improvement Manager (CIM) role is responsible for championing, developing, and sustaining a culture of continuous improvement (CI) and knowledge about related methodologies/ activities (Lean, Six Sigma, ALPS) of the site with a strong focus on manufacturing and operations. The end-purpose is to improve the real result key performance indicators (Safety, quality, cost, material efficiency, delivery, and inventories) of the site. The CIM is actively involved in setting up and establishing a support structure to develop CI capabilities and mindset with guidance from central ISC - thus acting as an agent for culture change. This role personifies the Lean Six Sigma capabilities and way of solving problems, making decisions and setting standards. To assist the departments to develop continuous improvement projects to reduce cost and improve efficiency.

Key Accountabilities

Site Performance
- Support and challenge the workforce and local MT in direction setting, prioritization (timing, resources, and sequence of actions) and implementation of improvement activities to best achieve the targets for the key performance indicators of the yearly site improvement plan. This includes the organizational and strategic deployment throughout the site.
- Review the ALPS operating framework (goals & targets, KPIs, operating processes, people) to ensure compliance with corporate and BA requirements and highlight to the site management team areas of concern to agree corrective actions.

Improvement Portfolio Management
- Identify, validate, initiate, and drive new improvement opportunities and promote the passion for excellence and delivering on commitments values.
- Manage the improvement project funnel including scoping, project assignment, resource planning, tracking of progress and benefits and controlling sustainability of outcomes.
- Run own improvement projects delivering value to the organization.


. 5+ years of relevant work experience (operations, production, maintenance, logistics, (process) engineering, continuous improvement, etc.)
. Bachelor degree (degree related to technical, business, engineering, or chemistry preferred).
. Confident and experienced in coaching others
. Fluent in English, both verbal and written
. Experience in continuous improvement methodologies such as Lean, Six Sigma, TPM
. Prior line management or team leader experience knows how to use the skills and knowledge of the team to design and implement solutions
. Experience with practical implementation of change programs a plus
. Solid project and stakeholder management experience
. Extensive experience in coaching and engaging others able to impart knowledge to others

At AkzoNobel we are highly committed to ensuring an inclusive and respectful workplace where all employees can be their best self. We strive to embrace diversity in a context of tolerance. Our talent acquisition process plays an integral part in this journey, as setting the foundations for a diverse environment. For this reason we train and educate on the implications of our Unconscious Bias in order for our TA and hiring managers to be mindful of them and take corrective actions when applicable. In our organization, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID:36982




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