Lean / Six Sigma Project Lead

Saint Charles, IL posted on December 21

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Bison Gear and Engineering began in 1960 by designing problem-solving gearboxes and gear motors for their customers. Today, the company has grown into an industry leader for fractional horsepower electric motor, integral gearmotor and gear reducer products by implementing innovative lean manufacturing processes, world class engineering and customer support teams driven by their Robusticity® design philosophy; allowing Bison to consistently expand its product line with new motion control and power transmission solutions.

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Lean / Six Sigma Project Lead

Reports to:         Process Improvement Manager                         

Department:      Continuous Improvement-12

Classification:     Exempt                           

Job Function:

Applies the concepts of Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma and utilizes improvement tools to eliminate waste, reduce process variability and improve processes throughout the organization.


Implement tools of Lean Manufacturing (error-proofing, value stream mapping, Single Minute Exchange of Dies, etc.), and Six Sigma (DMIAC). The outcome of these activities will be to reduce waste, cycle time, inventory and set-up time, as well as improving productivity and quality.

Develop, evaluate, and improve manufacturing methods used in the production of Bison’s products throughout all focused factories. Improve manufacturing performance and reduce cost through innovative reform of existing processes.

Apply Lean thinking, innovation and lean six sigma best practices at Bison

Confer with vendors to determine production equipment specification and arranges for purchase of machinery, fixtures, tooling, or outside services to be used in manufacturing processes.

Able to manage projects in collaboration with personnel throughout the organization.

Plan, coordinate and conduct Kaizen improvement events in each area of the facility. Work in conjunction with Focused Factory personnel to promote and recognize their improvement ideas and act as a liaison with other personnel to examine ways to provide the best value to the end customer.

Assists department managers in the development ISO-9000 compliant procedures and processes. Audit processes to observe and confirm compliance to procedures.

Develop standardized work for production and office processes.

Special projects as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree and three or more years experience in the practice of Lean, Six Sigma, and/or other quality improvement tools and methodologies

Required Skills:

Analytical ability to evaluate processes and determine methods to improve those processes.

Practiced in the use and implementation of Kaizen, SMED, Poka-Yoke, One-Piece Flow, Standardized Work, and DMIAC.

Familiarity with innovative methods, problem solving techniques, and lean six sigma.

Ability to write reports business correspondences, and procedure manuals.

Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, vendors and the general public.

Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

The ability to learn, adapt, and apply new problem solving tools to address company challenges.

An understanding of the various departments in Bison and their importance within the company.

Excellent communication skills.

The ability to manage multiple projects at one time.

Basic familiarity with ISO-9001 quality standard.

Working knowledge of Microsoft word processing and spreadsheet software.

Certificates, Licenses, Registration: Any of the following credentials are not required but preferred:

Six Sigma (green or black belt)

ASQ – Certified Quality Engineer

ASQ – Manager of Quality / Organizational Excellence

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job, an office/and or electromechanical laboratory with lubricants and electrical connections. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

May occasionally work irregular hours.