Continuous Improvement (CI) Manager

Continuous Improvement | Chicago, IL, United States
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Xylem |ˈzīləm|

1) The tissue in plants that brings water upward from the roots;

2) a leading global water technology company.

Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, is the leading global provider of efficient, innovative and sustainable water technologies improving the way water is used, managed, conserved and re-used. Our international team is unified in a common purpose: creating advanced technology and other trusted solutions to solve the world’s water challenges. We are committed to creating an organization of inclusion and diversity, where everyone feels involved, respected, valued and connected, and where everyone is free to bring their authentic selves and ideas.

If you are excited and passionate about helping us #letssolvewater, we want to hear from you!

The Role: Xylem seeks to hire a Continuous Improvement (CI) Manager that will drive creation and execution of the service and rental continuous improvement plans delivering long-term, breakthrough results in the areas of safety, quality, and productivity. Success is measured by the leader’s ability to actively engage teams to achieve tangible results and to educate and enroll others in Waste Elimination and continuous improvement. This position reports directly to the Sr. Director of Continuous Improvement. This role requires up to 50% travel.

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:      

  • Drive the development and implementation of Continuous Improvement projects consistent with and in support of the strategic plan and business operating plan.
  • Documents and works with Controller to validate achieved Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Savings.
  • Assist in designing new procedures and methods for operational processes.
  • By utilizing projects charters with deliverables, will work with leaders to identify, modify, and sustain desired changes including reducing waste and improving inefficiencies.
  • Mentor others to realize benefits from all continuous improvement initiatives and act as a change agent to the site/organization.
  • Identify opportunities for continuous improvement via idea generation and prioritize improvement opportunities with the management team.
  • Lead projects and initiatives from idea generation to strategic execution. Provide strategic insight and evaluation of the organization’s progression.
  • Act as a mentor for the Continuous Improvement leadership, supervisory staff, and frontline personnel.
  • Participate in developing and influencing strategy, planning, and execution depending on project or initiative needs.
  • Lead goal setting, assignment of projects, review of progress, approval, and feedback for direct report(s).
  • KPI goal setting with the site via semi-annual Business Assessment, reporting and leading site reporting for KPI’s.  Monthly updates on LSS resource, engagement, activities, etc.
  • Be a change agent: challenge organizational leaders to drive continuous improvements; remove organizational barriers to continuous improvement processes.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor Lean training initiatives.
  • Aid in the development of the ACT LSS strategy and ACT XPS for Service strategy.
  • Carry out special assignments and other duties as needed.
  • Participation in Xylem Watermark volunteer activities

Minimum Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, Abilities, License/Certification:

  • BS/BA degree, BS Engineering or related discipline or equivalent field.
  • Minimum 8+ years of successful leadership in executing continuous improvement / Lean / Six Sigma efforts and enabling efficiency, effectiveness resulting in demonstrable tangible financial benefit
  • Green Belt certification required; Black Belt preferred
  • Must have thorough understanding of cycle time reduction, waste reduction, yield improvement, productivity, and throughput improvement in a manufacturing environment.
  • Hands-on experience using Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement methods (LEAN, TPM, Six Sigma).
  • Proven leadership skills to coach and lead teams to fully deliver chartered objectives and projects.
  • Must have excellent project management skills.
  • Advanced problem-solving capabilities, attention to detail and numerical aptitude.
  • Communication skills with strong English both written and spoken.
  • Manager/Supervisor of direct reports experience desired.
  • Must be proficient with MS Office Suite, MS Teams.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Be a self-starter with excellent organizational skills in planning and organizing to handle multiple tasks
  • Advanced problem-solving capabilities, attention to detail and numerical aptitude.
  • Demonstrated experience with ensuring effective Change Management development and execution
  • Comfortable with ambiguity
  • Ability to coach / mentor / inspire team of direct and indirect reports.

We Offer You More Than Just “A Job”

  • Professional Development – To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.
  • Total Rewards – We offer comprehensive programs for compensation, benefits, recognition, learning and development, work-life integration and corporate citizenship.
  • Watermark – Watermark is our corporate social responsibility program working to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality, and resilient communities. Employees have the opportunity to learn and volunteer on various water-related projects.
  • Employee Networks – Our Employee Networks provide a professional, supportive network for employees from diverse backgrounds, including Women’s, LGBT+ and Allies, Veteran’s, People of Color and Allies, Hispanic Origin & Latin Affinity, Emerging Leaders, and Working Parents Networks.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

(The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters and must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • Light to moderate lifting (25-35 lbs.), office and industrial manufacturing environment.
  • Regularly required to sit or stand, walk, reach, bend, kneel or stoop and move about the facility.
  • Regularly required to listen, talk to, and see employees daily.
  • Remote
  • Office: Standard office equipment; work usually performed in an office setting free from any disagreeable elements.
  • Manufacturing floor: work performed within manufacturing production areas such as assembly lines, fabrication, welding, etc.
  • Standard weekly job hours: 40 hours
  • Work hours may keep individual after hours or be required to work weekends based on production demand and schedule.

Xylem is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Further, if the Company determines this role may be performed in or from Colorado, the salary range is $110,000 to $135,000  plus bonus. Final compensation will be dependent on various factors such as location, qualifications, certifications, relevant work experience and other factors, consistent with applicable law. We offer a generous benefit package, including Medical, Dental, Vision plans, 401(k) with company contribution, paid time off, paid parental leave and tuition reimbursement. 



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