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Senior Director Continuous Improvement

Company: Kion Group AG
Location: Grand Rapids
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

The Senior Director Continuous Improvement (CI) for the Americas region will establish a culture of Continuous Improvement, with a standard process and methodology through the coaching and developing of these behaviors in senior executives. Working closely with leadership, this team will build and execute a continuous improvement strategy, including driving Lean process frameworks, utilizing technology-based tools to drive efficiency, and ensuring all employees are empowered to continuously improve. This leader with his or her team will help identify and support opportunities for improvement in accuracy, timeliness, efficiency and ensure there's value to the stakeholders with regards to cost, quality, safety, and service. This position will drive the ability to accelerate the strategy and deployment of the Americas Region throughout the organization to create scale. This position and the team will the technical experts in Continuous Improvement and enable the Americas Region to execute with excellence.What we offer:

  • Coaches/Develops CI behaviors with C-Level and VPs and provides structure for CI across the organization.
  • Liaisons with Global functions to ensure regional alignment and deployment
  • Structures Regional Strategy Development & Deployment Policy and organizational performance measurement ("Hoshin Kanri")
  • Leads the structure and deployment for system-level ("Value Stream") programs, projects, and events
  • With ALT drives, leads the growth and maturation of the continuous improvement culture
  • Provides organizational support for top Americas CI initiatives and structure for functional CI initiative support
  • Prescribes best practice tools and techniques to extract, quantify, interpret, analyze, summarize, and visually display and present data for use in CI
  • Develops and manages the system in which CI are trained and coached to execute improvement projects
  • Coach leaders to establish performance measurement systems and KPIs aligned with goals and organizational objectivesTasks and Qualifications:Education:
    • Bachelor of Science in technical field requiredKnowledge and Experience:
      • 10+ years experience in continuous improvement and business transformation
      • 5+ years of experience in leading business transformations
      • Certified Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. Additional Change Management and behavioral science experience preferred.
        • Excellent leadership, teamwork, influencing, mentoring, coaching and interpersonal skills
        • Intellectually curious, excellent analytical, organization and time management skills
        • Thrives in a fast-paced environment
        • Effective communication skills including demonstrated stand-up presentation skills, group facilitation and ability to effectively interact with internal customers
        • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact effectively in a team-based organization and with employees of all levels and backgrounds across all functions
        • Change agent with the ability to lead and influence in the face of ambiguity and complexity
        • Proven track record of leading and building a successful continuous improvement culture in a large multinational organization.
        • Travel up to 20% to other Dematic offices or identified locations for meetings and business needs KION Supply Chain Solutions (KION SCS) is an operating unit of the KION Group, consisting of the two strong and successful brands Dematic and DAI. Dematic is an intralogistics innovator that designs, builds and supports intelligent, automated solutions for manufacturing, warehouse and distribution environments for customers that are powering the future of commerce. The company is headquartered in Atlanta with engineering centers, manufacturing facilities and service centers located in more than 25 countries, and also owns the software company, Digital Applications International Limited (DAI). DAI, acquired by Dematic in 2020, specializes in logistics automation solutions with offices in the US, UK and Switzerland. The KION Group is among the world's leading suppliers of industrial trucks and supply chain solutions and has a global network of 36.000 employees. Its portfolio encompasses forklift trucks and warehouse trucks, as well as integrated automation technology and software solutions for the optimization of supply chains. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the KION Group's solutions improve the flow of material and information within factories, warehouses, and distribution centers. Our Linde and STILL forklift brands serve the premium industrial truck segment. Dematic is a global leader in automated material handling. Together, we are shaping the future and are among the best in our industry. Our culture is driven by our shared KION Group values - integrity, collaboration, courage and excellence.

Keywords: Kion Group AG, Grand Rapids , Senior Director Continuous Improvement, Executive , Grand Rapids, Michigan

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