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Lean Leader

Requisition ID:  34589
Date:  Sep 14, 2021

Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, US

Department:  Lean

Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate – which all help contribute to a Healthier World.


At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients’ lives each and every day – our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $2.14B in 2020. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNA—our team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.

Job Summary:

Directs the Lean strategic improvement initiatives for the Jersey Shore Plant and supply chain. Works in conjunction with Management and the Process Excellence team to support the overall vision and drive improvements to ensure the processes meet present and future requirements for improvements in cost, quality, delivery, growth, and flexibility.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership and training on Lean philosophies and tools to the entire organization.
  • Organize and facilitate Kaizen / RIE (Rapid Improvements Events).
  • Lead cross functional teams in deploying lean/sigma methods of continuous improvement.
  • Assures that the Lean Daily Management System© is engaged and working as intended.
  • Develop and maintain meaningful lean metrics, status update reporting, and documentation of identified and implemented projects.
  • Monitors and reports on all savings and Lean activities monthly
  • Facilitates the development, follow through and adjustment of a lean strategic plan for the site.
  • Assesses and reports on plant progress to keep implementation on track.
  • Leads and manages site DMAIC program.
  • Works closely with other Lean Leaders to identify opportunities for Best Practices sharing between sites.
  • Assures ongoing Lean and DMAIC training for all employees as required/necessary.
  • Conforms with and abides by all regulations, policies, work procedures, instruction, and all safety rules.
  • Performs other duties as assigned based on business needs.


Education and Experience:

  • Education: Bachelor's Degree; preferred in a discipline related to business, operations, technical, mechanical, or industrial engineering
  • Experience: 5-8  years of relevant experience within manufacturing environment, production leadership and demonstrated operational improvement
  • Must be self-motivated, must have excellent people skills, written and verbal communication, problem solving, coaching, training, relationship building, managing resistance and project management skills.
  • Trained in Lean philosophy, and experience in applying Lean tools and techniques


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 8-10 years of practical and successful lean sigma implementation experience in a manufacturing/production environment
  • Ability to motivate others through strong leadership, communication, and facilitation skills.
  • Proven project management, organization and Lean-Sigma skills specifically applying Lean/Six Sigma methodologies encompassing FMEA (Failure Mode & Effects Analysis), DMAIC (Design-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control), COPQ (Cost Of Poor Quality) and DFSS (Design For Six Sigma).
  • Certified in Lean and Black Belt in Six Sigma is desired.
  • Experience in a manufacturing environment and working knowledge of OSHA/EPA/safety regulations, manufacturing, and process automation, ISO9000, FDA and cGMP requirements


Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 20% of the time


Physical & Mental Requirements:

  • Able to sit and/or stand for extended periods
  • Able to be able to lift & carry various items up to 40 pounds
  • Able to climb stairs and ladders
  • Able to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, &/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.
  • Must be able to multi-task, work under time constraints, problem solve, and prioritize.
  • Must also be able to maintain confidentiality and resolve conflicts.
  • Ability to make independent and sound judgments.
  • Read and interpret data, information, and documents
  • Analyze and solve problems
  • Observe and interpret situations
  • Work under deadlines with constant interruptions

West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to kimberley.eby@westpharma.com.  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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