Global Continuous Improvement, Senior Manager (Fairmount, GA)

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Date: Sep 16, 2021

Location: Fairmount, GA, US

Company: JM Huber Corporation

Portfolio Business: Huber Engineered Materials 

J.M. Huber Corporation is one of the largest privately held, family-owned companies in the United States. Established in 1883, we are a diversified, global supplier of specialty and commodity chemicals, hydrocolloid solutions, engineered wood products and natural resources to customers spanning a wide variety of industries. With approximately $2.3 billion in sales and 4,000 employees worldwide, we have a material presence in more than 20 countries.

Position Summary

This position will be responsible to lead the development, implementation and management of the productivity improvement plan for FRA (Flame Retardant Additives) BU globally.(4 sites in the US and 1 site in Germany).  This includes the appropriate metrics, expectations, programs, procedures and management systems to drive improved productivity in operations. This position will be based in the Fairmount, GA site. 

Principal Responsibilities

  • Partners very closely with all the Operations 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.
  • The Continuous Improvement Manager is fully accountable for delivering improvements in productivity, quality, cost performance, delivery and capacity.
  • Strong use of Lean and 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.
  • Develops and coaches the entire Operations organization as an informal leader and be an advocate for the use of the Lean philosophy and the six sigma deployment.
  • Work with all 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).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 / area to develop and implement 1-3 year objectives, annual targets/milestones and quarterly/monthly actions, and ensure alignment with Business/Operational needs.
  • Support and participate in various productivity and improvement efforts with the network of Huber plants.

Education/Experience and Skills

  • B.S.  Degree in Engineering, Science or other technical discipline. Chemical or Mechanical Engineering preferred
  • 10-15 years of industry experience including Operations Productivity and Asset Utilization
  • Solid knowledge of continuous improvement and Lean and Six Sigma methodologies (DMAIC, Lean Manufacturing). 
  • Black Belt or Master Black Belt training and certification preferred.
  • Past experience as Process or Production Engineer
  • Fluent in English. Spanish and German language capability is a plus
  • Extensive knowledge of various productivity metrics/processes: Plant capacity and throughput, Product yield and quality, Improvement of cost structure, Energy systems, Workforce optimization, and Manufacturing process technologies applied on site.

Our employees are our strongest asset, and their safety, health, and well-being is our highest priority. We respect the individual by providing opportunities for professional and personal development. Our Principles drive us to create an inclusive workplace where employees share core values, show dignity and respect toward others, and work hard to achieve their best performance.  

J.M. Huber Corporation is an EEO / AAP employer. Pre-employment drug screening is required


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