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Head of Finance and Controlling

Head of Finance and Controlling

Location: Raleigh, NC (Relocation Available)
Lean Focus Recruiter carrie.haas@leanfocus.com

Role:
The Tecan Group is a global provider of laboratory instruments and solutions in biopharmaceuticals, forensics and clinical diagnostics. Its clients include pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research departments, forensic and diagnostic laboratories. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the Group has manufacturing, research and development sites in both Europe and North America and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries.

Reporting to the President, Tecan US, the Head Finance and Controlling is responsible for the overall financial Management of the Business and provides all related Financial Services required to support and enable Profitable Growth. Ensures proper Accounting according to IFRS-, Statutory GAAP (US GAAP) as well as Tax Accounting, US Tax Provisions for audit,US Tax payments for US holding companies, Ensures Compliance including sign offs from Auditors. Leads Budgeting, Forecasting for Tecan Americas and US Group, Monthly-, Quarterly- and Year End Closing Process including Analysis. Acts as Interface for Financial Topics between the local Entity and the Group. Responsible for Project Controlling (local projects including Labwerx), as well as Financial Management of the Plant. Furthermore in charge of a proper Financial Reporting, Cash Management and Internal Control (ICS). Oversees all corporate legal activity, review of contracts and collaborates with external attorneys. Responsible for all Finance Aspects of Tecan US and US Group and for all Tax Aspects for all US Companies.

Required Qualifications:

  • MS/MA in Finance, Accounting, Economics, Business Administration
  • CPA Certification
  • Minimum 10-15 year experience in Finance in an International and Industrial Environment

Director, Continuous Improvement - Growth

Director, Continuous Improvement – Growth

Location: San Diego, CA | 20% Travel (Relocation Available)
Lean Focus Recruiter: carrie.haas@leanfocus.com

Role:
Teradata delivers real-time, intelligent answers, leveraging 100% of the relevant data, regardless of scale or volume of query. They do it on-premises, in the cloud, and anywhere in between. It’s called Pervasive Data Intelligence. Only Teradata has the industry-leading products, expertise, and services to deliver it today.

Reporting to the VP of Strategy and Operations, the Director, Continuous Improvement Growth is responsible for driving successful implementation of commercialization improvement projects enabling Teradata to continue rapid growth and drive profitability. The position will oversee the implementation of sustainable process improvements and will be responsible for measuring and reporting results to ensure change initiatives deliver expected business results in pricing, salesforce effectiveness, customer sales, and marketing. The Director, Continuous Improvement Growth will be the custodian of action items and will keep the organization focused on the right objectives. This leader will drive commitment and drive the on-going value of Continuous Improvement.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 -7 years of progressive experience in leading process improvement projects in high growth environment
  • Exposure to growth and commercialization processes preferred; sale funnel management, segmentation, ideation, lead generation, campaign management, value proposition
  • Minimum of 5 years of continuous improvement experience; value stream mapping, kaizen, daily management, strategy deployment, and problem solving
  • Demonstrated proficiency applying growth principles in a variety of situations
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Advanced degree (MS, MBA) is desirable

Continuous Improvement Leader

Continuous Improvement Leader

Location: Wellsburg, WV
Lean Focus Recruiter: carrie.haas@leanfocus.com

Role:
Eagle Manufacturing Company, a family owned business established in 1894, is a prime manufacturer of Safety Cans, Safety Cabinets, Secondary Spill Containment Products, Poly Drums, Material Handling Products and Cigarette Receptacles. Eagle designs and manufactures all of its own products. Eagle is certified to the ISO-9001:2008 Quality System and is the most respected brand name for consistent quality and value. All of Eagle’s products are “Made in USA.”

Reporting to the Plant Manager, the Continuous Improvement Leader will lead and facilitate the organization on Lean and Continuous Improvement including implementation of lean manufacturing principles throughout the organization. Work with management, customers, suppliers and others to identify and facilitate key projects that will improve quality, reduce cost, improve cycle time and provide optimum benefits to customers and the business through waste reduction. Train production teams in lean manufacturing initiatives such as Value Stream Mapping, Kanban, Takt time analysis, Poka Yoke, Cell Design and Kaizen. Responsible for managing project activities including communication, project timeline, meeting facilitation, data gathering and processing, utilizing lean tools, solutions implementation and follow-up.

Required Qualifications:

  • Preferred BS in Engineering, Certified Black Belt/Six Sigma a plus. At least 5 years of experience in Continuous Improvement
  • Proven experience working with Lean Manufacturing principles.
  • Experience working in a team environment preferably with a small to medium size company.
  • Experience with Solid Works or similar 3D CAD, MiniTab and MAPICS is a plus.
  • Ability to travel as needed.
  • Required experience in lean tools (value stream mapping, SMED, TPM, Standard Work)
  • Proven track record of leading lean initiatives to achieve business results.
  • Proven & effective facilitation, leadership, mentoring, and training skills.
  • Experience in the sheet metal/metal working industry with background and technique in the fabrication area.

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Continuous Improvement Manager

Continuous Improvement Manager

Location: Valencia, CA
Lean Focus Recruiter: carrie.haas@leanfocus.com

Role:
Advanced Bionics is the global leader in the research and development of the most advanced cochlear implant systems in the world. Founded in 1993 and a subsidiary of the Sonova Group since 2009, The company has more than 900 employees worldwide with the distribution of its products in over 50 countries in the world. AB develops cutting-edge cochlear implant technology that allows recipients to hear their best.

Reporting to the VP Operations, the Continuous Improvement Manager will provide the leadership, support, and project management to the organization to achieve continuous improvement in processes and productivity. By using tools that include Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen, 5S, and Design for Lean Six Sigma identify areas of potential improvement and then work with Department Leaders to realize the improvement potential. This position covers the entire organization, with an initial focus in the Valencia and Sylmar sites. Will ensure that all improvements implemented are consistent with all Regulatory, Quality, and Corporate Compliance requirements.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent (advanced degree helpful)
  • Certified Black Belt or higher preferred
  • 7 or more years of experience in Continuous Improvement, with a minimum of 3 years in a leadership role and demonstrated track record of implementation success.
  • Excellent written, oral, and communication skills
  • Must possess strong computer skills with background with ERP/MRP systems (prefer SAP) and Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent mathematical and analytical skills

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Bio-Rad Business System Manager

Bio-Rad Business System Manager

Location: Irvine, CA
Lean Focus Recruiter: judy.bellamy@leanfocus.com

Role:
Bio-Rad is a global leader providing a broad array of clinical diagnostics and life science research products. With a team of more than 8,000 employees and a global network of operations serving our customers, we help people live longer, healthier lives. Bio-Rad was founded over six decades ago and has continued to provide the healthcare industry with innovative and useful products that help life science researchers accelerate the discovery process and medical diagnostic labs obtain faster, better results.

The Business System Leader is responsible for driving successful implementation of process improvement projects enabling Bio-Rad to continue rapid growth and drive profitability. The position will oversee the implementation of sustainable process improvements of mainly non-manufacturing workflows within the Division and will be responsible for measuring and reporting results to ensure change initiatives deliver expected business results. The Business System Leader will be the custodian of action items and will keep the organization focused on the right objectives. The Business System Leader will drive commitment and drive the ongoing value of Continuous Improvement.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of continuous improvement experience; value stream mapping, kaizen, daily management, strategy deployment, and problem solving.
  • Preferred industry experience in IVD or similar regulated environment.
  • Demonstrated proficiency applying growth principles in a variety of situations.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Advanced degree (MS, MBA) is desirable
  • Project management training and certification (e.g., PMP) desired.
  • Minimum of 3 years of progressive experience in leading process improvement projects in high growth environment.
  • Proficient in non-manufacturing improvement methodologies in the areas of growth and commercialization; customer care and technical support and product development.
  • Excellent communication skills; comfortable in front of all levels of the organization, as well as external customers.
  • Strong leadership, negotiation and conflict management skills.
  • Experience using process improvement and project management tools.
  • Capable of working independently under ambiguous and/or changing conditions.
  • Demonstrated ability to function independently in a high-impact position, with deadline and resource constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate across disciplines and integrate all aspects of business as they impact development projects, including negotiation of scope, roles and responsibilities, specifications, timelines, and resources up, across, and down in the organization

Global Leader, Continuous Improvement

Global Leader, Continuous Improvement

Location: Chicago, IL | 50% Travel (Relocation Available)
Lean Focus Recruiter: carrie.haas@leanfocus.com

Role:
Located in Chicago, James Hardie is a world leader in manufacturing fiber cement products for interior and exterior building construction applications primarily in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and Europe.

We invented fiber cement products in the early 1980s as a durable, lower-maintenance alternative to wood and vinyl. Our fiber cement products are used in a number of markets, including new residential construction, manufactured housing, repair and remodel and a variety of commercial and industrial applications. James Hardie employs approximately 5,000 people globally and today, the company has revenues totaling approximately $2.7 billion.

Today, James Hardie is the #1 brand leader in every market in which we operate. Since we introduced fiber cement, we have seen our products installed in over 8 million homes worldwide, and we continue to set the standard.

Reporting to the C-suite, the Global Leader, Continuous Improvement is responsible for leading the lean transformation for North America and will ensure the continuation of the global transformation that is in progress. They will build and lead a team that will drive successful implementation of improvement projects across their sites enabling James Hardie to continue to grow and drive profitability. The position will be a strategic business partner to the C-Suite, oversee the implementation of sustainable process improvements enterprise wide, and will be responsible for measuring and reporting results to ensure change initiatives deliver expected business results.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 12 years of lean, six sigma, continuous improvement experience; daily management, strategy deployment, and problem solving in manufacturing environment
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience leading continuous improvement teams in manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated proficiency applying Lean principles in a variety of situations
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification preferred
  • Advanced degree (MS, MBA) is desirable

Continuous Improvement Manager (3 Open Positions)

Continuous Improvement Manager (3 Open Positions)

Location: Chicago, IL (3 open positions) | 75% Travel (Relocation Available)
Lean Focus Recruiter: carrie.haas@leanfocus.com

Role:
Located in Chicago, James Hardie is a world leader in manufacturing fiber cement products for interior and exterior building construction applications primarily in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and Europe.

We invented fiber cement products in the early 1980s as a durable, lower-maintenance alternative to wood and vinyl. Our fiber cement products are used in a number of markets, including new residential construction, manufactured housing, repair and remodel and a variety of commercial and industrial applications. James Hardie employs approximately 5,000 people globally and today, the company has revenues totaling approximately $2.7 billion.

Today, James Hardie is the #1 brand leader in every market in which we operate. Since we introduced fiber cement, we have seen our products installed in over 8 million homes worldwide, and we continue to set the standard.

Reporting to the VP North America, Continuous Improvement, the Continuous Improvement Manager is responsible for driving successful implementation of improvement projects across their sites enabling James Hardie to continue rapid growth and drive profitability. The position will oversee the implementation of sustainable process improvements and will be responsible for measuring and reporting results to ensure change initiatives deliver expected business results.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5-7 years of lean, six sigma, continuous improvement experience; daily management, strategy deployment, and problem solving in manufacturing environment
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience leading continuous improvement teams in manufacturing environment
  • Demonstrated proficiency applying Lean principles in a variety of situations
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification preferred
  • Advanced degree (MS, MBA) is desirable

Continuous Improvement Leader

Continuous Improvement Leader

Location: South Beloit, IL (Relocation Available)
Lean Focus Recruiter: carrie.haas@leanfocus.com

Role:
Myers Industries, Inc. is a diversified, international plastics manufacturer of returnable packaging, storage and safety products and specialty molding. The Company is also the largest tire repair supply distributor in the United States.

Reporting to the Plant Manager, the Continuous Improvement Leader is responsible for driving successful implementation of improvement projects across the plant enabling Meyers Industries to continue rapid growth and the drive profitability. The position will oversee the implementation of sustainable process improvements and will be responsible for measuring and reporting results to ensure change initiatives deliver expected business results.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of lean, six sigma, continuous improvement experience; pareto, daily management, strategy deployment, and problem solving
  • Demonstrated proficiency applying Lean principles in a variety of situations
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of progressive experience in leading process improvement projects, preferably in packaging environment
  • Proficient in Pareto analysis, Lean, including Kaizen (continuous improvement design and facilitation)
  • Excellent communication skills; comfortable in front of all levels of the organization, as well as external customers.
  • Strong leadership, negotiation and conflict management skills.
  • Experience using process improvement tools.
  • Capable of working independently under ambiguous and/or changing conditions.
  • Demonstrated ability to function independently in a high-impact position, with deadline and resource constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate across disciplines and integrate all aspects of business as they impact development projects, including negotiation of scope, roles and responsibilities, specifications, timelines, and resources up, across, and down in the organization.

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Continuous Improvement Process Leader

Continuous Improvement Process Leader

Location: Akron, OH | 75% Travel (Relocation Available)

Lean Focus Recruiter: carrie.haas@leanfocus.com

Role:
Myers Industries, Inc. is a diversified, international plastics manufacturer of returnable packaging, storage and safety products and specialty molding. The Company is also the largest tire repair supply distributor in the United States.

Reporting to Director of Operations, the Continuous Improvement Process Leader is responsible for documenting successful improvement tools and leading process improvement projects across the Material Handling segment; enabling Myers Industries to continue rapid growth and drive profitability. In addition to being a Continuous Improvement practitioner, this individual will develop a continuous improvement toolbox, and design content while leveraging learning and development principles to ensure both contextual and practical knowledge is disseminated successfully to a range of audiences. A successful candidate for this role will also be able to work in a hands on manner with all operations team members, especially hourly employees to teach, lead and sustain the deployment of a continuous improvement culture and results.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated proficiency documenting and/or applying Lean principles in a variety of situations
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in leading and documenting process improvement projects, preferably in packaging environment
  • Proficient in Pareto analysis, Lean, including Kaizen (continuous improvement design and facilitation)
  • Excellent communication skills; comfortable in front of all levels of the organization, as well as external customers.
  • Strong leadership, negotiation and conflict management skills.
  • Experience using process improvement tools.
  • Capable of working independently under ambiguous and/or changing conditions.
  • Demonstrated ability to function independently in a high-impact position, with deadline and resource constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate across disciplines and integrate all aspects of business as they impact development projects, including negotiation of scope, roles and responsibilities, specifications, timelines, and resources up, across, and down in the organization.

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Equipment Reliability and Continuous Improvement Leader

Equipment Reliability and Continuous Improvement Leader

Location: Miami, OK | (Relocation Available)

Lean Focus Recruiter: carrie.haas@leanfocus.com

Role:
Myers Industries, Inc. is a diversified, international plastics manufacturer of returnable packaging, storage and safety products and specialty molding. The Company is also the largest tire repair supply distributor in the United States.

Reporting to the Plant Manager, the Equipment Reliability and Continuous Improvement Leader is responsible for driving successful implementation of improvement projects across the plant enabling Myers Industries to continue rapid growth and the drive profitability. The position will oversee the asset management and reliability of manufacturing equipment in addition to the implementation of sustainable process improvements and will be responsible for measuring and reporting results to ensure change initiatives deliver expected business results.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 years of progressive experience in leading process improvement projects, preferably in packaging environment
  • Minimum 2 years experience in asset management and equipment reliability
  • Proficient in Pareto analysis, Lean, including Kaizen (continuous improvement design and facilitation)
  • Excellent communication skills; comfortable in front of all levels of the organization, as well as external customers.
  • Strong leadership, negotiation and conflict management skills.
  • Experience using process improvement tools.
  • Capable of working independently under ambiguous and/or changing conditions.
  • Demonstrated ability to function independently in a high-impact position, with deadline and resource constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate across disciplines and integrate all aspects of business as they impact development projects, including negotiation of scope, roles and responsibilities, specifications, timelines, and resources up, across, and down in the organization.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of lean, six sigma, continuous improvement experience; pareto, daily management, strategy deployment, and problem solving
  • Demonstrated proficiency applying Lean principles in a variety of situations
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification preferred

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ExtraHop Business System Leader

ExtraHop Business System Leader

Location: Seattle, WA | 20% Travel (Relocation Available)

Lean Focus Recruiter: judy.bellamy@leanfocus.com

Role:
ExtraHop provides full visibility into all tiers of your IT environment, as well as the insights that lie untapped in your wire data—insights that can help you increase security, drive down costs, optimize efficiency, and improve end-user experience. They exist to help you fully access your wire data and uncover those insights.

The Business System Leader is responsible for driving successful implementation of commercialization improvement projects enabling ExtraHop to continue rapid growth and drive profitability. The position will oversee the implementation of sustainable process improvements and will be responsible for measuring and reporting results to ensure change initiatives deliver expected business results in pricing, salesforce effectiveness, customer sales, and marketing. The Business System Leader will be the custodian of action items and will keep the organization focused on the right objectives. The Business System Leader will drive commitment and drive the on-going value of Continuous Improvement.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of continuous improvement experience; value stream mapping, kaizen, daily management, strategy deployment, and problem solving
  • Demonstrated proficiency applying growth principles in a variety of situations
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Advanced degree (MS, MBA) is desirable
  • Proficient in growth and commercialization processes; sale funnel management, segmentation, ideation, lead generation, campaign management, value proposition
  • Excellent communication skills; comfortable in front of all levels of the organization, as well as external customers.
  • Strong leadership, negotiation and conflict management skills.
  • Experience using process improvement and project management tools.
  • Capable of working independently under ambiguous and/or changing conditions.
  • Demonstrated ability to function independently in a high-impact position, with deadline and resource constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate across disciplines and integrate all aspects of business as they impact development projects, including negotiation of scope, roles and responsibilities, specifications, timelines, and resources up, across, and down in the organization.

Director, Growth Initiatives

Director, Growth Initiatives

Location: Naperville, IL | 30% Travel

Lean Focus Recruiter: carrie.haas@leanfocus.com

Role:
Sonova, headquartered in Stäfa, Switzerland, is the leading provider of innovative hearing care solutions. The group operates through its core business brands Phonak, Unitron, Hansaton, Advanced Bionics and AudioNova (including retail brand Connect Hearing). Sonova offers its customers one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in the industry – from hearing instruments to cochlear implants to wireless communication solutions. Founded in 1947, the group is currently present in over 100 countries across the globe and has a workforce of over 14,000 dedicated employees. Sonova generated sales of CHF 2.65 billion in the financial year 2017/18 and a net profit of CHF 407.4 million. Across all businesses, and by supporting the Hear the World Foundation, Sonova pursues its vision of a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.

Reporting to the President of Sonova US, the role of Director, Growth Initiatives is designed to work with business partners in Marketing, local Group Companies and Sales to achieve growth breakthroughs by improving performance enablement. As Growth Leader you will promote and facilitate diagnosis of work flow impediments and wastes throughout sales & marketing and provide expert counsel on appropriate tools to eliminate them.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or equivalent
  • Master’s Degree in Business or equivalent
  • Min. 5 years of commercial or marketing experience with demonstrated success
  • Process-driven – strong continuous process improvement mind-set and experience.
  • Self-starter – must be able to proactively drive evolution of Sonova commercial processes
  • Results orientation – must deliver results.
  • Technical excellence – must possess the experience and technical skills necessary to be seen as credible in Sonova by peers and managers.
  • Communication—must be able to effectively communicate in both written and verbal forms.
  • Hands-on & quick study. Must be hands-on and detail-oriented but also able to see the big picture. Will need to be a quick study who can rapidly adapt to Sonova culture and gain the confidence of the organization.
  • High energy, self-starter. This person will be high energy and able to handle conflict. Will be an independent worker, capable of operating in a fast-moving, ever changing environment and able to effectively deal with difficult situations.
  • Teamwork – must be able to lead team of employees from multiple disciplines.
  • Influencing skills – must be able to inform, convince, persuade others to act on key initiatives.
  • Customer focused with business acumen. Must be very customer focused and have strong interpersonal and communications skills. Ability to accurately assess key business metrics and situations from a “general manager’s” point of view.
  • Global orientation. Has experience from working in global environment, including markets like US, Germany, and China. Evidence of being able to communicate to all levels of the organization including those where English is not their primary language.
  • Experience managing people and projects.
  • Commercial process expert. Customer Segmentation, Funnel Management, Value Selling, Pricing & Margin Management, Marketing disciplines, and many other. Has been exposed to and participated in a wide variety of training and facilitation environments on growth tools.
  • Familiar with continuous improvement. Background in Continuous Improvement, Business Process Improvement, Six Sigma Black Belt, Business Transformation, Change Management.

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