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Director of Lean
Milwaukee, WI



Director of Lean Enterprise System

LOCATION: Milwaukee, WI or Cincinnati, OH preferred, or Remote in Midwest

TRAVEL: 50% travel to 8 North American sites


The Director, Lean Enterprise System will be responsible for the deployment of the Lean/Continuous Improvement program across their division of the organization. They will collaborate with and coach plant and division-level leadership to drive Lean culture through the business, with a focus on problem-solving and demonstration of company core values.

This role will make an immediate impact by…

  • Driving a major cultural shift within the business through deployment of their Lean business system
  • Coaching and mentoring plant-level leaders on the Lean program
  • Being a catalyst for change where Lean transformation progress is stalled, or in newly acquired facilities needing a jumpstart on the CI program


  • Developing and applying Lean tools and methodologies to achieve financial objectives and improvements to KPIs
  • Exemplifying the culture of Continuous Improvement when dealing with stakeholders at all levels
  • Facilitating improvements based on strategic objectives and stakeholder expectations
  • Developing tactical action items from corporate strategic vision
  • Coaching a team-oriented problem-solving approach to analyze current conditions, diagnose problems, and make improvements
  • Analyzing business metrics and trends to develop improvement strategies and a future vision for the business
  • Training teammates, peers, and leaders on Lean methods in both formalized training sessions and stop-and-teach at Gemba
  • Leading and coaching Kaizen events
  • Driving Lean transformation in challenging locations, manufacturing sites or business segments where rollout has stalled or needs a catalyst for change; assisting with Lean rollout in newly acquired businesses as applicable
  • Identifying, coaching, and mentoring future Lean talent to support professional advancement


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a technical field; advanced degree preferred
  • Master Black Belt, related Lean Six Sigma certification, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in Continuous Improvement, Operations, and General Management
  • Bilingual in Spanish highly beneficial
  • Experience with Lean transformation and rollout across multiple types of businesses or industries
  • Multisite experience preferred with focus on manufacturing operations
  • Proven successful application of Lean tools: 80/20, Value Stream Mapping, 6S, Standard Work, FMEA, Problem Solving, Kanban, Visual Daily Management, Policy Deployment
  • Strong business and financial acumen, engaging and dynamic leadership skills, and bias for action
  • Ability to engage with all levels of the organization, including training of peers as well as executives
  • Team player that is always willing to coach
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • General computer skills and advanced MS Office Suite experience

Lean Focus LLC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or protected Veteran status.


At Lean Focus, we help businesses overcome their biggest challenges by transforming them for the better, and for the long-term. A "who's who" of global leaders in every industry, our clients include some of the world's most respected brands and several members of the Fortune 1000.

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