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Trainer, Continuous Improvement

Company: Essendant
Location: Carol Stream
Posted on: January 21, 2023

Job Description:

Primary Purpose
The Continuous Improvement Trainer develops and administers standard Lean principles to resolve complex problems, from conception to final design with team input across all functions of the Supply Chain. Takes the lead in planning, scheduling, and facilitating project assignments in the evaluation, selection and adaptation of various Lean techniques, procedures, and criteria with minimal guidance. Oversees and coordinates the operational aspects of ongoing projects and serves as a liaison between project management and planning, project-team, line management, and across Supply Chain departments. Manages projects of small to large size (scope), in a timely and cost-effective manner.
LEAN is a process of continuous improvement. Through this process, quality is improved; productivity is increased with waste elimination; resulting in cost reduction. Job focus is not limited to current methods and procedures; the manager must be aware of ever-changing methodologies that will provide improved processes, identification of key drivers, and achieve results that can be benchmarked with peer facilities as well as industry standards.
Major Responsibilities

  • Acts as the primary teacher, mentor and coach for Lean concepts, tools and methodologies within the distribution centers (DC's)
  • Facilitates, and drives projects which identify and remove barriers to success and drive efficiency improvements
  • Assists the management team with selecting appropriate projects which support the overall organization's strategic objectives
  • Provides input into the development and implementation of the Supply Chain Lean strategy.
  • Report/track the progress, milestones, savings, and other key aspects of Lean activities across the Supply Chain
  • Uses project management tools and techniques for tracking and reporting on lean activities and projects
  • Maintains a high level of safety awareness for an accident-free workplace
  • Understands and demonstrates Essendant's Core Values and Guiding Actions.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
    Skills/Knowledge Required
    • Knowledge in measurement, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation to support decision making or change management
    • Ability to effectively communicate and influence across multiple levels of leadership throughout the organization
    • Demonstrated ability to support the planning, development, and implementation of unique and creative solutions to operational challenges
    • Ability to drive solutions through collaboration with others versus relying on own knowledge
    • Strong ability to develop, lead, and work with cross-functional teams
    • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to take strong and sometimes contrary positions when required
    • Solid understanding of quality systems and continuous process improvement methodologies: Six Sigma, Lean Distribution, Statistical Process Control, TQM, ISO 9000, GMP, etc.
    • Demonstrated ability to present and train associates in a classroom and floor setting
    • Strong time management skills and proven ability to meet aggressive timelines
    • Strong PC skills: Outlook, Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio
    • Strong understanding of industry trends
      Education And Experience
      • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Industrial Engineering, Quality, or two years of related field experience
      • Experience in training, leading, and facilitating LEAN events a plus
      • A minimum of 2-3 years of field experience in supply chain management or warehousing/manufacturing required; 5 years of experience preferred
      • Travel is required and may involve up to 5% of the associate's time

Keywords: Essendant, Carol Stream , Trainer, Continuous Improvement, Human Resources , Carol Stream, Illinois

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