Volvo Group Lean Manufacturing Engineer in Macungie, Pennsylvania

PURPOSE/DESCRIPTION

Lean Manufacturing Engineer provides guidance and direction to help drive the implementation of Lean Manufacturing principles throughout all operations and processes; coordinates and facilitates the implementation of the Mack Production System to support meeting stated business objectives for Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost and Morale; and coaches employees and management in implementing the new work methods. Reports to Director of Continuous Improvement.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Continuously facilitates reviews and standardizes production system tools and methods in close cooperation with Plant management. Coordinates with cross functional teams for that purpose

  • Promotes engineers and helps implement efficient and reliable Lean Manufacturing processes to guarantee efficient movement and delivery of materials and increase productivity and quality in station in support of production rates.

  • Develops training material and assists in delivery of training sessions and workshops to all levels in the organization

  • Continuously drives culture change and acceptance of Lean Manufacturing principles across the organization by communicating and demonstrating the values and practicality of continuous improvement

  • Inspires and encourages the use of best practices throughout the organization

  • Engages plant management and employees in conceptualizing, planning and implementing, and sustaining continuous improvements using the Mack Production System and Lean Manufacturing tools

  • Manages and supports Kaizen workshop activities and events

  • Trains employees in Mack Production System tools and technics

  • Coaches all employees and management on implementing and sustaining Mack Production System practices.

  • Facilitates implementation plans with management based on an agreed priority list

  • Frequently follows up with appropriate stakeholders to ensure timely and effective implementation and sustainability

  • Drives continuous improvement, Kaizen- and problem solving activities using Lean Manufacturing tools and processes

  • Collaborates with Operations management to improve processes and evaluate and take action regarding day to day material, logistics, and build issues impacting the productions lines

CRITICAL COMPETENCIES

Technical Competencies

  • Lean Concept Advocate: Implement Lean Manufacturing and Flow values, foster the continuous improvement of all operational and business practices

  • Creativity/Innovation: Reframing traditional patterns of thinking and applying new and evolving ideas, methods, designs and technologies

  • Problem Solving/Decision Making: Taking a well-ordered approach to solving problems and acting despite obstacles or resistance

  • Detailed knowledge of business and manufacturing productivity improvement practices, tools, methods and line balancing techniques

  • Able to effectively carry out a vision, plan, and coordinate the activities of the Manufacturing Production Systems group with Production, Materials, Quality, other Engineering functions, and the UAW

  • Experienced project leader

  • Proven analytical skills and sound structured approach

  • Excellent computer skills; proficient in Excel, Power Point and Word

  • Strives for perfection; proven ability to manage large projects and maintain attention to detail

Soft Skills

  • Ownership / Accountability: Taking the lead in getting the job done and accepting responsibility for personal actions, costs, and results

  • Leadership: Setting and modelling high performance standards and empowering a team of people to achieve agreed-upon outcomes

  • Teamwork: Building cooperation among individuals and departments, sharing information and resources, and working to achieve group goals and outcomes

  • Passionate for lean manufacturing and has an in-depth understanding of manufacturing systems

  • Strong communicator who can influence his/her environment and be passionate about change and improvement.

  • Ability to work in a matrix and team based environment

  • Resilience and perseverance: Ability to focus and execute projects to conclusion in the face of adversity and ambiguity

  • Fosters diversity and promotes the development of staff members through mentoring/ coaching and empowerment to increase skill sets and talent levels of the team

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Manufacturing, Management or related field

  • Master’s degree in Engineering, or MBA preferred

  • 3-5 years of experience with lean implementation in assembly environments

  • Solid and proven project management skills required

  • A demonstrated understanding of Lean principles such as Value Stream Mapping, Just-In-Time, Demand Flow, Single Piece Flow, Five S’s, Visual Management, Total Productive Maintenance, Continuous Improvement Process, Kaizen, SPC, Six Sigma and Communication Tools, Statistical Problem Solving and QS9000

Six Sigma Black Belt Certification preferred

About us

Volvo Group Trucks Operations encompasses all production of the Group’s engines and transmissions, as well as all production of Volvo, Renault and Mack trucks. The organization is responsible for spare parts supplies to the Group's customers as well as for designing, operating and optimizing logistics and supply chain for all brands, production facilities and distribution centers where the Volvo Group operates.

In Volvo Group Trucks Operations you will be part of a diverse team of highly skilled professionals who work with passion, trust and embrace change to stay ahead. We make our customers win.

Auto req ID

85446BR

Entity

Group Trucks Operations

State/Province

Pennsylvania

City/Town

Macungie

Employment/Assignment Type

Regular

Travel Required (Maximum)

Occasional

Last application date

Functional Area

Manufacturing Engineering

Volvo Group North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer E.O.E/M/F/Disability/Veteran