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Lean Consultant

Company name
James Hardie Inc.

Chicago, IL, United States

Employment Type


Posted on
Jan 31,2019

Valid Through
May 16,2019

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Position Overview


Reporting to the Sr. North American Lean Manager, the Lean Consultant will be the primary liaison between the plant teams and the central lean organization.  The Site Coach will be responsible for driving successful implementation of improvement projects across their site enabling James Hardie to continue rapid growth and drive profitability.  The position will help oversee the implementation of sustainable process improvements and will be responsible for measuring and reporting results to ensure change initiatives deliver expected business results.


Key Responsibilities

The position will focus on growth and transactional process improvement projects.  Responsibilities include:

*Change Management

*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


*Responsible for team and cross-functional communications (written and oral) *Elevates critical business decisions to the appropriate management teams and/or functional managers

*Relationship/People Management:

*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 *Influences cross-functional collaboration

*Process Management:

*Process Improvement knowledge through delivery of high quality and high impact deliverables *Actively reviews policy and practice improvements to drive performance excellence *Influences cross-functional systems effectiveness *Financial acumen - budget, forecast, and strategic plans *Continuous improvement of the product development process to optimize time to market

*Leadership Requirements:

*Provide leadership through influence in a complex, matrixed environment. *Foster a diverse workplace that enables all participants to contribute to their full potential in pursuit of organizational objectives. *Monitor and ensure compliance with company policies and procedures (e.g., federal/country and regulatory requirements). 




*Minimum of 3 years of progressive experience in leading process improvement projects *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.

Education and Experience


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






Company info

James Hardie Inc.
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Company Profile
Our operations encompass the United States, Australia and New Zealand. James Hardie® Building Products are also now available in Asia, with a manufacturing plant in the Philippines; in Europe, our operations are headquartered in Amsterdam. In every country in which we operate, our goal is to remain at the forefront of the fiber-cement industry, capitalizing on our global leadership in products, manufacturing and technology for both new home construction and remodeling. Innovation is vital to maintaining our pre-eminent position in the fiber-cement industry. Consequently, we invest heavily in research and development, with a special emphasis on product quality and production efficiency to develop durable and low maintenance siding products and backerboard. Corporate Information James Hardie Industries plc (JHIplc) was created in October 2012, after shareholders voted to accept a unanimous recommendation by the board of James Hardie Industries SE to restructure the company and establish a new parent company (JHIplc) incorporated in Ireland. The new structure is designed to position the company for further international growth, and generate higher returns for shareholders than were possible under the previous structure. James Hardie Industries plc now heads the James Hardie group of companies, with operations around the world. The predecessor of these modern companies was established more than 100 years ago, in 1888, when the enterprising young James Hardie left his family´s tannery business in Scotland and immigrated to Melbourne, Australia, in search of new opportunities. Capitalizing on his experience, James started a business, importing oils and animal hide tanning products. The second major figure in the company´s history, Andrew Reid, was born on January 24, 1867, near Linlithgow in Scotland. He knew James Hardie and maintained contact from Glasgow, where he worked as a shipping clerk. Encouraged by prospects in Australia, Andrew arrived in Melbourne in March 1892 and soon after joined James Hardie´s business, becoming a full partner in 1895. Andrew Reid was outgoing, energetic and visionary, and his talents combined well with Hardie´s sound commercial judgement. James Hardie retired in 1911 and sold his half of the business to Andrew Reid, whose family led the expanding business from 1911 until 1995, when his grandson John B. Reid retired. A publicly-owned company, James Hardie Industries Ltd, was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1951. In the following years, the company built up a diverse portfolio of building and industrial products businesses. In the mid 1980s, James Hardie pioneered the development of fiber-cement technology, and began designing and manufacturing a wide range of fiber-cement building products that made use of the benefits that came from the product´s durability, versatility and strength. Using the technical and manufacturing expertise it developed in Australia, James Hardie Inc. expanded its operations to become a world-leading, specialized, high-technology manufacturer of a wide range of fiber-cement building materials.

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