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Lean Manager

Elkhart, Indiana
1 Sep 2022

A leader in technology and innovation, Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America's largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, OEM wire products and engineered products. In addition, Southwire supplies assembled products, contractor equipment and hand tools. We are proud to offer competitive compensation, employee benefits, tuition reimbursement, and unlimited growth opportunities. Our nearly seven decades of progressive growth can be attributed to our determination to developing innovative systems and solutions, exercising environmental stewardship and enhancing the wellbeing of our communities. How will you power what's possible? 

Southwire Job Description

The Lean Manager for Southwire will drive the development and implementation of Continuous Improvement projects consistent with and in support of the strategic plan and the business-operating plan in multi-sites.  They will own the Lean Continuum/cultural change and improvement initiatives for the site by collaborating with site leaders on strategy and deployment objectives. 

    Lead cross-functional projects designed to analyze and design sequence of operations and work flows to improve efficiencies. Conducts studies pertaining to cost control, cost reduction, inventory control, and production record systems. 
    Develop and implement plans and programs for facility modifications and revisions to operating methods 
    Interfacing with other departments to identify improvement opportunities to drive high quality and efficient processes.
    Mobilizing Problem solving teams and supporting groups to streamline processes Act as a mentor for the Continuous Improvement leadership, supervisory staff and frontline personnel.
    Participate in developing and leading Site Lean Roadmap to influence strategy, planning, and execution depending on site specific project or initiative needs. 
    Facilitate Kaizen events to drive continuous improvements in operations and office areas including effective preparation and follow-up.
    Participate on multiple projects and apply continuous improvement techniques leveraging Six Sigma and Lean methodologies to solve problems (DMAIC) and build new capabilities. 
    Share best practices with other site Continuous Improvement Senior Specialist and develop coordinated plans.
    Be a change agent: challenge organizational leaders to drive continuous improvements; remove organizational barriers to continuous improvement processes. 
    Documents and works with Site Controller to validate achieved site CI Savings.
    Own the Lean Maturity assessments and improvement initiatives for the site. Partner with Site Leaders on strategy and deployment objectives.
    Lead projects and initiatives from idea generation to strategic execution. Provide strategic insight and evaluation of the organization's progression.
    Act as a mentor for the Continuous Improvement leadership, supervisory staff and front line personnel.
    Aid in the development of the SD/Lean strategy.


    BS/BA degree required 

    Potential to have 4-6 direct reports


    8 - 10 years of successful leadership in executing continuous improvement/Lean/Six Sigma efforts and enabling efficiency, effectiveness resulting in demonstrable tangible financial benefit
    Must have thorough understanding of cycle time reduction, waste reduction, yield improvement, productivity, OEE and throughput improvement 
    Intimate knowledge and hands-on experience using operational excellence and continuous improvement methods; ability to personally conduct events and effectively train others in industry standard VSM, LMS, 5S, TPM, SMED, MPS, TPI, SD, 7 Wastes, Standard Work, various 3P, problem solving and action planning
    Lean Master or Master Six Sigma Black Belt certification required
    Demonstrated successful project management experience and acumen 
    Comfortable with ambiguity 
    Demonstrated experience with ensuring effective change management development and execution
    Proven leadership skills to coach and lead teams to fully deliver chartered objectives and projects.
    Ability to establish self as credible leader and partner with site leadership as a trusted member of site staff
    Excellent oral and written communication skills 
    The ideal candidate will have the ability and willingness to transition into an operations / technical / reliability leadership position within 36 - 48 months
    The ability to travel up to 50% of the time

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, talk, and/or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, sit, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 45 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

    Work in office environment or Work in a manufacturing environment 
    May occasionally be required to perform job duties outside the typical office setting for 8 or more hours at a time.

*As required by the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA)


Attracts Top Talent
Drives Results
Decision Quality
Financial Acumen
Communicates Effectively

Benefits We Offer: 

  • 401k Matching 
  • Family and Individual Insurance Packages (Health, Life, Dental, and Vision) 
  • Paid Time Off & Paid Holidays 
  • Long & Short-Term Disability 
  • Identity Theft Plans 
  • Retirement & Pension Plans 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Employee Referral Program 
  • Tuition Reimbursement Programs 
  • Advancement & Professional Growth opportunities  
  • Parental Leave 
  • & More 


Southwire is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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  • Job Reference: 700132572-2
  • Date Posted: 1 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Southwire
  • Location: Elkhart, Indiana
  • Salary: On Application