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Continuous Improvement Manager

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Date: Feb 9, 2021

Location: Bergheim, NW, DE

Company: JM Huber Corporation

Portfolio Business: Huber Engineered Materials

Martinswerk GmbH is a company of J.M. Huber Corporation and belongs to the Division of HUBER ENGINEERED MATERIALS, produces at Bergheim site more than 100 chemical specialty products on the basis of aluminum hydroxide, alumina, and UF resins for numerous industrial applications. Nearly 500 people are working with high qualification and experience of over 100 years of customer-oriented solutions.

Position Summary

 

Lead the development, implementation and management of the on-site productivity improvement plan.  This includes the appropriate metrics, expectations, programs, procedures and management systems to drive improved productivity in operations.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

 

  • Partners very closely with all the site Production Departments, Department Managers, Operators, Maintenance Managers, and other leaders to establish the improvement strategy.   This includes the appropriate programs, tools, procedures and management systems to drive improved productivity performance with the lowest, long term cost of ownership.
  • This position is fully accountable for delivering improvements in productivity, quality, cost performance, delivery and capacity.
  • Strong use of Lean Six Sigma tools and methodologies.  Aligns productivity efforts with and supports company wide and HEM Continuous Improvement program and processes.
  • Support Huber efforts to meet or exceed our EHS&S, Quality, Delivery and Cost performance expectations. 
  • Work with site production departments to develop, Implement and lead the site productivity improvement plans.  This includes building a pipeline of projects that will be generated through various idea and brainstorming sessions as well as gap analysis between current performance and Best in Class performance.  Leverage project ideas from other plants as well.
  • Ensure that the appropriate productivity and cost metrics are in place throughout the organization (asset utilization, OEE, capacity, throughput, cycle time, change over time, energy consumption, yield, quality, etc.). 
  • Ensure that Lean Six Sigma tools and methodologies are used throughout the production plants on a daily basis to measure and improve performance.  Provide various training programs on site including basic LSS tool usage (5S, visual management, root cause analysis, C&E matrix, fishbone, FMEA, process mapping and value stream mapping as well as various other statistical applications like SPC/SQC and control charting).
  • Manage and develop site resources to implement productivity improvement projects.  This includes having various resources trained at LSS Black Belt and LSS Green Belt levels.  Drive engagement of the improvement plan throughout the site.  Ensure that the improvement plan is supported by the site and business leaders.  Coach and mentor Black Belts and Green Belts.
  • Integrate new technology into the site productivity improvement plan (including process control and automation). Work with engineering and capital coordinators to develop capital investments that provide improvements to site productivity.
  • Benchmark site operational performance with similar plants, companies and industry in order to understand and drive competitiveness.
  • Participate in a standard process for each plant to develop and implement 1-3 year objectives, annual targets/milestones and quarterly/monthly actions … ensure alignment with Business/Operational needs.
  • Support and participate in various productivity and improvement efforts with the network of Huber plants.
     

Specialized/Technical Knowledge or Required Skills

 

  • B.S.  Degree in Engineering, Science or other technical discipline. Chemical or Mechanical Engineering preferred.
  • 8-10 years of industry experience including Operations Productivity and Asset Utilization.
  • Solid knowledge of continuous improvement and Lean Six Sigma methodologies (DMAIC, Lean Manufacturing).   
  • Black Belt or Master Black Belt training and certification preferred.
  • Past experience with building or developing a site productivity system or process.
  • Past experience working on a large integrated chemical facility in Germany.
  • Strong leadership, communication and facilitation skills. 
  • Fluent in both German and English.
  • Must be a very capable leader, able to influence the local organization, from the shop floor to the Site Operations Director.
  • Self-motivated, ability to make independent and informed decisions.
  • Extensive knowledge of various productivity metrics/processes: 
    • Plant capacity and throughput
    • Product yield and quality
    • Improvement of cost structure
    • Energy systems
    • Workforce optimization
    • Manufacturing process technologies applied on site

 

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In addition to the good benefits of the German chemical industry, we can offer you a very interesting task area with high responsibility and opportunities for further development.

Have we sparked your interest?

We look forward to your application specifying the earliest possible starting date and your salary request.

  Huber Engineered Materials