Corporate Lean Leader

Location:     Richmond, VA 


ROLE:    

Liqui-Box offers total solutions for your liquid packaging needs, across all five continents. Our comprehensive product lines and services deliver optimal performance and quality liquid packaging for your beverages, food and non-food products. 

  

Reporting to the Corporate Lean Director, the Corporate Lean Leader is responsible for driving successful implementation of improvement projects across the enterprise enabling liquid-Box 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 years of progressive experience in leading process improvement projects, preferably in regulated food packaging environment
  • Proficient in 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. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Drives targeted, sustainable improvement by leveraging consulting skills and change management processes
  • Works closely with leadership to implement continuous improvement in targeted areas
  • Assists in the development of improvement roadmaps (i.e., how to use tools and processes to drive sustainable improvement results)
  • Supports focused deployment of Lean tools across the organization to assure excellence n operational execution
  • Ensures successful kaizen events by installing and ensuring commitment to the kaizen process which includes 1) planning of kaizen with a dynamic funnel process, 2) kaizen execution, and 3) sustainment of kaizen
  • Promotes and facilitates diagnosis of work flow impediments throughout the business and provides expert counsel on appropriate tools to eliminate them
  • Collaborates with internal and external business partners for benchmarking performance and knowledge building of industry best practices to guide decisions for implementation of projects
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with functional leaders to drive success of projects and teams
  • Promotes and facilitates kaizen leadership 

To submit a resume for this position, please email carrie.haas@leanfocus.com

Continuous Improvement Project Manager

Location:    Cambridge, MA 


ROLE:  

Foundation Medicine (FMI) is located in Cambridge, MA. FMI offers more than information; it can inspire hope in patients, families, friends, physicians, and caregivers. Through constant innovation, they can make breakthroughs to help achieve improved outcomes for more individuals living with cancer. That’s why they foster a collaborative culture that motivates them to do their best work and be a partner in every patient's journey. Their approach combines genomic profile products and data services to generate insights that can help doctors match patients to more treatment options and help accelerate the development of new therapies. 

  

Reporting to the Vice President, Portfolio and Program Management, the Continuous Improvement Project Manager is responsible for driving successful implementation of improvement projects across the enterprise enabling FMI to continue rapid growth and the drive towards 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 years of progressive experience in leading process improvement projects, preferably in regulated healthcare environment
  • Proficient in 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.
  • Proficient project management skills and principles, including scope, schedule, resource and risk management.
  • Strong leadership, negotiation and conflict management skills.
  • Experience using project management and 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. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Drives targeted, sustainable improvement by leveraging consulting skills and change management processes
  • Works closely with leadership to implement continuous improvement in targeted areas
  • Assists in the development of improvement roadmaps (i.e., how to use FMI tools and processes to drive sustainable improvement results)
  • Supports focused deployment of Lean tools across the organization to assure excellence n operational execution
  • Ensures successful kaizen events by installing and ensuring commitment to the kaizen process which includes 1) planning of kaizen with a dynamic funnel process, 2) kaizen execution, and 3) sustainment of kaizen
  • Leads projects through the entire project management lifecycle
  • Develops and implements project plan, including cost, scope, schedule, risk, resource and performance for new product introduction or continuation
  • Builds team ownership and commitment to project plans
  • Provides structured thinking to project team on overall approach and delegates as appropriate
  • Directs and mentors others on key project management processes
  • Focuses on Voice of Customer, Voice of Business, personal accountability, and an unyielding commitment to results
  • Leads the team in appropriate decision-making through strong judgment and the ability to analyze options and implications

To submit a resume for this position, please email carrie.haas@leanfocus.com

Chief Financial Officer

Location:   Sacramento, CA 


ROLE:  

For over 50 years Revere® Packaging has operated its Shelbyville, KY location in the heart of famous horse country and just thirty minutes from Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Our culture traces its roots to our founder, Paul Revere and his horse, Brown Beauty. On Patriots’ Day, each April 16th, we celebrate his courageous midnight ride in 1775.


From these historic beginnings, Revere has expanded its operations across four states and now operates four manufacturing facilities in: Shelbyville, KY, Sacramento, CA, LaPorte, IN and Kapolei, HI. We are a leading food packaging company and preferred supplier of the highest quality aluminum foil containers, custom plastic containers and thermoform plastic to the food industry across North America.

  

The CFO will lead the company in development, improvement and implementation of accounting and financial practices, and risk management as well as provide comprehensive financial and operational analysis. The ideal candidate will bring a diverse skill set to the team, including strong analytics, communication, leadership and project management abilities. This position is primarily responsible for ensuring all financial results are reported in accordance with GAAP and preparing monthly and quarterly reporting packages and business analysis and metrics for management, lenders and shareholders and for managing liquidity. The CFO will benefit from a working knowledge of Lean accounting and the practice of Strategy Deployment and the related reporting requirements of both.  Reports to the CEO. 


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:    

   

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 10+ years management experience in accounting and financial management and reporting
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in multi-departmental operations management
  • Proven ability to align processes, reporting structure, and job descriptions to meet the evolving needs of an organization
  • Master’s Degree preferred (MBA or Masters in Accounting preferred)
  • Application of Lean transactional/back office preferred
  • GAAP accounting standards and requirements
  • Cost and Manufacturing Accounting
  • ERP systems knowledge

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Finance and Administration leadership responsibility across the company’s operations consisting of manufacturing plants in several U.S. locations
  • Must provide the leadership, vision and management necessary to ensure the company has proper financial controls, prudent risk management practices, administrative and reporting procedures and people/processes in place to effectively maintain, sustain and grow the business
  • Learn, deeply understand and contribute to advancing the company’s integration of a Lean management system
  • Be an engaged and supportive team member of the company’s Senior Management Team
  • Manage overall financial strategy and processes, setting appropriate metrics for management tied to the company’s Lean management system and strategy
  • Thorough knowledge and experience with Lean accounting practice
  • Preparation of financial reporting package and associated analysis and analytics of business
  • Managing Capital requests and annual budget and budgeting process
  • Oversee the company’s ERP information system, including updates and potential systems changes
  • Support sales and supplier engagement, both directly and indirectly, through analysis and decision support
  • Analysis of and engagement in consideration of M&A opportunities      
  • Manage all legal and regulatory compliance and monitor legal issues involving company and industry
  • Analysis, risk management and due diligence relative to the company’s various insurance coverages
  • Manage internal and external Human Resource assets, procedures and practices, including payroll systems and benefit plans    
  • Must embody and embrace company’s core values and guiding principles including being an engaged and committed member of the company’s Senior Management Team
  • Assimilate into and become a model for the company’s strong culture of continuous improvement
  • Must be very comfortable with a hands-on, multi-dimensional Finance and Administration leadership role
  • Results oriented, analytical and able to leverage strong financial and operational business acumen working within a diverse cultural environment 

To submit a resume for this position, please email carrie.haas@leanfocus.com

Vice President, Operations

Location:  East Coast (US); Other Sites: North America, Asia

Direct Reports: Yes

Travel: 50%


ROLE:  The incumbent, reporting to the President of our client organization, will assume management of all manufacturing and operational activities.  He/she will provide leadership and direction to formulate and implement a high-performance culture to provide a competitive edge for the business. He/she will identify, develop and implement long and short-term strategic plans in order to meet operational targets.

  • Drive targeted, sustainable improvement in QDCI (Quality, Delivery, Cost and Innovation) that is tied to Strategy Deployment (SD) and Daily Management (DM) by leveraging lean tools, consulting skills, and the change management process.
  • Provide leadership to departments such as Production, Engineering, Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance, Global Sourcing, Purchasing, Logistics & Supply Chain.
  • Lead, direct, and manage the day-to-day activities of the three plants to achieve financial and operating key performance indices such as Safety & Compliance OSHA recordable rate, External Quality, Customer OTD, Inventory, Direct Labor Productivity and Gross Margin
  • Provide guidance and develop a team of operational and functional managers to ensure that the plant meets production targets, in accordance to quality, manufacturing costs, safety procedures as well as complying to all relevant laws and regulations
  • Establish operating budgets; monitor the cost and effectiveness of production activities to optimize resources, prioritize spending, and achieve volume, quality, and manufacturing standards
  • Evaluate and plan needs of skilled workforce to ensure a smooth run of manufacturing operations
  • Interact with customers and ensure customer satisfaction
  • Drive improvements based on annual employee engagement survey results to develop high morale, teamwork and good employee relations at all levels including the shop floor(s)
  • Promote culture of continuous improvement through programs such as Kaizen, 5S, VSM and Lean Manufacturing
  • Work with other functional teams such as R&D and Sales & Marketing within all operating companies

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Must have degree in Engineering, this is a non-negotiable
  • Must have held engineering leadership position, this is a non-negotiable
  • Must have run a manufacturing plant, this is a non-negotiable
  • Significant practitioner experience in manufacturing operations
  • Demonstrated proficiency applying lean principles in a variety of situations. 
  • Hands-on and detail-oriented but also able to see the big picture.
  • Able to think strategically and view the business from a general management standpoint. 
  • Very customer focused and has strong interpersonal and communications skills. 
  • Quick study who can rapidly adapt to company culture and gain the confidence of the organization.
  • High energy and able to handle conflict. 
  • Independent worker, capable of operating in a fast-moving, ever changing environment and able to effectively deal with difficult situations.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • BS or BA Degree in Engineering required; Master’s Degree preferred
  • Appropriate practitioner experience in function/area supporting
  • Ability to accurately assess key business metrics and situations from a “general manager’s” point of view
  • Ability to design, develop, and implement a kaizen roadmap for an operating business
  • Mastery of a variety of Lean related tools, depending on areas(s) they support) and ability to implement in a variety of situations
  • Superior communications skills; active listening, writing
  • Superior training, facilitating, consulting and influencing skills
  • Familiarity with various manufacturing process technologies
  • Strong administrative skills, including computer skills 
  • Proven process improvement and change management skills
  • Ability to champion lean initiatives and develop and install best practices across diverse business environments
  • Ability to work and influence all levels of the organization from senior leaders and functional leaders in all cross-functional areas
  • Effective coaching and mentoring skills
  • Independence and good judgment, positive attitude, and an innovative spirit
  • Demonstrated proficiency in time and project management

To submit a resume for this position, please email carrie.haas@leanfocus.com

Executive Search Consultant (Contract Recruiter)

Location:  Remote (Flexible)


ROLE:  

Lean Focus recruiters commit to identifying diverse talent pools throughout our search process to ensure that our clients have visibility to the full global talent available to drive the best, leading performance they seek.   Compensation is commission based and is highly attractive compared to market.  Reports to the VP of Talent Search. 


MEASUREMENTS:

  • Time-to-Fill
  • Candidate Retention
  • Customer Satisfaction

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • BS or BA Degree in Business, Finance, Operations, or other related field, Master’s Degree preferred 
  • 8 - 10 years progressive talent management experience in a manufacturing, service, or repair industry   
  • 5 years of recruiting experience in an agency or corporate setting
  • Experience closing senior and/or executive level candidates and negotiating complex compensation packages
  • Experience solving complex business issues and delivering significant impact as an individual contributor through lean methodologies
  • A track record of personal accountability, strong work ethic, integrity, and proven organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to manage client relationships, provide strong client consultative skills and work in a remote-team environment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with proven ability to take initiative and build strong, productive relationships
  • Experience with Talent Application Systems and LinkedIn Professional Recruiter

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Work with the hiring manager to generate an organizational profile, candidate questionnaire & distinct job description specific to the organization’s needs to drive results
  • Resume screening to assess fit with role, industry and organization
  • Tool skill inventory, candidate questionnaire, case study & work samples to identify match with role
  • Phone screening to discuss qualifications
  • Facilitate in person interview on client sites, as well as Gemba walks, drug and background testing, and any additional assessment or inventory that the client specifies
  • Review of compensation offer based on industry benchmarks
  • Assist in the design of immersion plan for on-boarding
  • 30-60-90 Day follow-up with candidate & organization  

To submit a resume for this position, please email carrie.haas@leanfocus.com

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