Tenneco Continuous Improvement Manager in Grass Lake, Michigan

Continuous Improvement Manager

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Job Description

Job Description:

Reporting to the CI Director of North America, this position will lead the continuous improvement initiatives designed to eliminate non-value added activities while improving operational excellence. This position ensures existing processes maintain a high level of performance while continuously reviewing and refining those processes. Will be responsible for the establishment of an operational excellence culture throughout the region with emphasis on sustainable development.

  • Manage CI Projects as assigned, typically within a local region or business unit

  • Perform gap analysis to identify deficiencies in business processes and programs, and recommending adjustments to programs and/or processes

  • Link process deficiencies directly to bottom line impact

  • Develop and train lean tools to all levels of the organization

  • Lead material flow analysis at the sites and develops solutions to improve material flow

  • Lead layout optimization workshop

  • Lead cross-functional project teams formed to implement change and drive continuous improvement

  • Drive mixed model value stream implementation projects with a focus on continuous improvement of safety, quality, cost, and delivery

  • Use appropriate problem solving tools to provide rapid improvement with sustainable results

  • Ensure adherence to standard processes for data collection, documentation and reporting

  • Plan budget and manage costs related to operational excellence initiatives

  • Directly supervise, train and mentor full-time CI assigned resources

  • Build project plan to CI projects, including resources, timeline, critical paths, etc.

  • Manage diverse CI strategies for transactional and/or manufacturing operations

  • Participate in operational continuous improvement reviews with Local and/or Regional Management

Required Skills:

  • Must have thorough understanding of cycle time reduction, waste reduction, yield improvement, productivity and throughput improvement.

  • Hands-on experience using Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement methods (LEAN, TPM, Six Sigma, TQM).

  • Experience developing lean training material.

  • Must have led plant layout optimization workshops.

  • Proven experience leading material flow improvement projects.

  • Proven leadership skills to coach and lead teams to fully deliver chartered objectives and projects.

  • Project management experience.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Applications: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint

  • Be a self-starter with excellent organizational skills in planning and organizing to handle multiple tasks concurrently.

  • Advanced problem solving capabilities, attention to detail and numerical aptitude.

Required Experience

Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in operations

  • Experience in a Continuous Improvement function.

  • Green Belt or Black Belt certification

Job Location

Grass Lake, Michigan, United States

Position Type


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