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Lean Six Sigma Specialist

Company Name:
IDEXX
## Description
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc , - is currently hiring for a Lean Six Sigma Specialist.
This position will offer the right candidate the opportunity to be an agent of change for global process improvement, working closely with senior management and the functional process owners, for a rapidly growing healthcare company.
JOB SUMMARY:
Leads Lean and transactional Six Sigma projects to reduce waste, improve cycle time and solve business process related quality problems.
Operations - Leans out processes for the entire product value stream from the supplier thru to distribution to reduce waste. Ensures high productivity, low cycle times, reduced cost and high quality while maintaining availability and ensuring a positive Customer experience.
Business Process - Improves business (non-manufacturing) processes to reduce non-value-add activity, increase productivity, accelerating throughput and achieving high levels of quality while improving the Customer experience.
Leads large and medium sized projects as well as facilitating continual improvement through employee engagement at all levels. Utilizing knowledge of the eight wastes, identifies processes for improvement, assesses areas of opportunity for reducing waste, proposes leaner methods and processes and drives their successful implementation. Establishes appropriate controls, metrics and monitoring processes to ensure that the improvements are successful in the long term and to quantify the benefits of the improvements.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Deploys Lean and other process improvement methodologies across the organization.
Leads/participates in Lean and other process change projects, delivering significant quantifiable operational improvement and financial benefits across the organization.
Coaches and trains others in Lean tools and methods.
Communicates with and instructs managers, supervisors and staff in leading process change and in the use and value of continual process improvement.
Partners with management teams to assess current processes and identify process improvement opportunities.
Quantifies potential and actual benefits in terms of quality, cost and delivery.
Prepares summaries and reports on work activities.
## Qualifications
EDUCATION :
Bachelor's of Administration or Science degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
EXPERIENCE :
Experience leading at least 2 substantial Lean deployments.
Previous experience leading Value Stream Assessments and Rapid Improvement Events (Iaka Kaizen Blitz events).
Experience across a variety of functional disciplines.
Have used majority of tools, and projects had substantial level of complexity.
Serves as a lead strategic change agent to drive culture change and infuse the use of Lean and other process improvement methodologies at all levels of the organization.
Experience teaching Lean and Problem Solving topics.
Participates in managing the process of selecting, scoping and prioritizing Lean and other projects including careful review of resource utilization across businesses.
Identifies and engages candidates to become Lean practitioners as Lean Leaders, RIP/Kaizen Facilitators and Green Belts.
May lead work of others.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES :
Understanding and experience with standard lean tools such as:
voice of the customer, SIPOC, standing in the circle, value stream mapping, spaghetti maps and process flow diagrams
kanbans, supermarkets and point of use materials
water spiders, cell layouts, cross-training methods, batch reduction, single piece flow and demand pull
cycle time, queue time and takt time calculations and applications
line balancing, set-up reduction, identifying non-value-add tasks and error-proofing
standardized work, visual workplace and 5S
Understanding and experience with basic statistical tools such as SPC, confidence intervals and basic multi-factor testing and graphical analysis techniques.
Understanding and experience with basic Cost of Poor Quality breakdowns,. Can differentiate between hard cost savings, cost avoidance, customer experience, productivity, capacity and delivery improvements in quantifiable terms. Metric and dashboard development.
Understanding and experience with transactional problem solving methods such as Apollo, sequence of events, "Five Whys" and Y-X. Ability to develop risk assessments and verification/ validation plans for process changes.
Demonstrated ability and desire to lead change.
Demonstrated ability to manage projects.
Strong verbal and written communication skills, with ability to work effectively at all levels of the organization.
Objective, open-minded, out-of-the-box thinker and change agent.
Ability to disassociate past practice and visualize and implement change along with the team in the face of obstacles.
Results and action-oriented; organized; ability to deal with ambiguity; and good problem-solving skills.
Ability to work as a team player with enthusiasm.
Ability to talk candidly and openly to affect and influence front line personnel.
Willingness to travel.
Computer skills, including MS word, Excel, and PowerPoint, statistical software such as JMP or Minitab a plus. Familiarity with SAP or other enterprise software.
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is a leader in pet healthcare innovation, serving practicing veterinarians around the world with a broad range of diagnostic and information technology-based products and services. IDEXX products enhance the ability of veterinarians to provide advanced medical care, improve staff efficiency and build more economically successful practices. IDEXX is also a worldwide leader in providing diagnostic tests and information for livestock and poultry and tests for the quality and safety of water and milk. Headquartered in Maine, IDEXX Laboratories employs more than 5,900 people and offers products to customers in over 100 countries.
IDEXX attracts, rewards and inspires exceptionally talented and motivated people who are eager to participate in two of the most important technological revolutions of our time--biotechnology and information technology.
We offer outstanding opportunities for personal growth and success, and support excellence, world-class standards, and continuous improvement.
At IDEXX , we reward leadership initiative and excellence. Benefits include:
Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
401(k) Plan
Vacation Time
Sick Days
Paid Holidays
Life Insurance/AD&D;
Dependent Life Insurance
Short- and Long-Term Disability Programs
Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical and Dependent)
Employee Referral Award Program
Employee Assistance Program
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Personal Growth Leave
Bonus Plan
If you are looking for a challenging work environment that unleashes creativity and energy, is refreshingly honest and comfortably casual, and offers opportunities for unmatched personal growth, we want to hear from you!
About the area: Portland, Maine recently ranked number 6 on Forbes magazine's list of America's Best Cities for Young Professionals, was ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the best places to raise kids, was listed by as one of America's Best Hipster Neighborhoods, was named the Foodiest city in the US by Bonapppetit magazine, was ranked by as having one of the healthiest and most affordable housing markets, and has recently been nominated for "Best Town Ever" by Outside Magazine. The magazine chooses its top 10 places to live based on a balance of great culture, breathtaking scenery, reasonable home prices, low-stress living, and, of course, easy access to the outdoors.
No unsolicited Employment Agency resumes are accepted.
EOE/M/F/D/V
Job: Supply Chain
Primary Location: Americas-United States-Maine-Westbrook ME
Organization: WW Supply Network - 30001173
Schedule: Full-time
Overtime Status: Exempt
Job Posting: May 14, 2014, 1:41:10 PM
Req ID: 1012 1

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