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Cooper Standard Automotive Inc. Continuous Improvement Manager - R011480 in Oscoda, Michigan

Job Description:Position Summary:Develops and directs all lean and continuous improvement activities. Organizes cross functional team projects aimed at eliminating waste, executing process improvements, improving material flow, implementing lean techniques, and achieving cost reductions. Will lead, conduct and participate in Kaizen events in manufacturing and transactional processes.Primary Responsibilities:Facilitates the identification of projects to achieve budgeted cost savings and to reduce and eliminate operational variancesReports on the progress status of all open continuous improvement projects. Maintains project timelines, provides progress updates, and ensures projects are completed on time with the anticipated resultsFacilitates, coordinates, and participates on cross functional teams aimed at generating projects to identify and eliminate waste. Waste elimination should result in process performance improvements, material flow improvements and cost reductionsEnsures financial performance is tracked and verified for all continuous improvement projectsAssists Department Managers to drive departmental and individual improvement InitiativesFacilitates and participates on teams aimed at the resolution of quality issues and concernsSupports production control, material control, material planning departments in improvement projects relating to scheduling inventory management and raw materialAssists in improving overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) through downtime reduction and use of preventative maintenance and total productive maintenance.Creates and performs plant training and mentoring on Lean Manufacturing tools including 6s, Visual management, Kaizen, Standard Work, 8 Wates, Error proofing, Quick changeover, TPM, Material flow, and Value Stream MappingFacilitates and leads at least two (2) kaizen events per monthCascades read-across projects among similar manufacturing facilitiesCreates and audits processes and standards to ensure sustained improvementsReview and submit monthly Lean savings reports to financial departmentMaintains accurate data in systems, including, but not limited to EnterprojMay, on occasion, be required to perform duties other than those specified in this descriptionEducation and Qualifications:Four-year degree from an accredited college or university in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering or related fieldMinimum four years experience utilizing Lean principles, Total Quality, 6S, KanBan, Toyota Production Systems (TPS), Six Sigma, Pull Systems, Visual Management, SMED, Standard Work, Flow Concepts, Level Load Scheduling and other problem-solving CI toolsPossesses statistical knowledge and the ability to apply analysis techniques to product and process improvement projectsExperience leading and implementing change in a manufacturing/machining environment, rapid improvement teams, Kaizen events and/or other Lean projectsCertification in Lean is preferredAbility to train others and track training effectivenessMust demonstrate strong leadership skills in all areasMust be driven for results, action-oriented, and possess strong problem-solving skillsAbility to influence others internally and externally across all levelsAbility to manage multiple related teams, set organizational priorities and allocates resourcesExcellent written, verbal, and presentation skills. Ability to communicate in English and/or the local language within the facilityProficient in Microsoft OfficeWillingness and ability to travel, as necessaryWork Environment/Work Conditions:Professional Office EnvironmentMust wear proper personal protection equipment while on man