Lean Coach

Location: Cheadle, Cheshire
Lean Coach
Location: Regional – Covering the Wienerberger northern England brick factories
Hours:  Full Time 8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday – 40 hours per week
About Us
Wienerberger is the world's largest producer of bricks and No. 1 on the clay roof tiles market in Europe with 202 plants in 30 countriesThe Wienerberger group has been manufacturing quality clay building products since 1819 when we opened our first factory in Vienna, Austria. Our presence in the UK is currently larger than at any point in our near 200 year history, employing c 1200 people across our Head Office, 4 showrooms, 13 manufacturing sites and 6 distribution centres throughout the UK. We manufacture in excess of 400 products including bricks, blocks, roof tiles and pavers for the homebuilding and renovation markets.
About The Role
We are currently seeking to recruit a Lean (Continuous Improvement) Coach to cover the Wienerberger Northern England brick factories.
Job Outline:
  • To support the Wienerberger factories and operations in their implementation of the Plant Improvement Programme (known as PIP+) by facilitation, training, and coaching of employee groups and improvement teams.
  • To embed the Continuous Improvement programme within the business through training groups of employees in the tools and techniques, enabling them to deliver savings projects.
  • To coordinate the Wienerberger PIP+ roll-out programme.
  • To sustain these changes in a way that provides a lasting value to the business.
Key Accountabilities:
Coordination of the Wienerberger PIP+ roll out programme across the four factories in the region.
Training and coaching of teams in Lean tools and techniques.
Leading the cultural transformation from start to finish and managing change throughout this transformation.
Facilitation of improvement teams in project work.
Be a major advocate of the Lean/CI/PIP improvement culture and methods.
Development of continuous improvement projects from initiation through to delivery.
Tracking of savings and benefits at UK level.
Prepare and keep up to date a Wienerberger Lean/CI/PIP Handbook/Manual.
Consult and work with the Plant Managers and other Heads of department to assure appropriate participation and support.
Be prepared to lead a number of projects involving hands-on interaction, good problem solving techniques, generating enthusiasm and supporting the teams.

This role will be 80% coaching in a working environment with teams of employees, and 20% project work and managing progress, therefore a good teaching style and comfort in the coaching role is essential.

About You
Essential Experience:
  • Minimum HND level or similar level education in a manufacturing or engineering discipline.
  • An appreciation of production/process management within the manufacturing industry.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience of lean coaching Project management skills and experience.
  • Formal lean qualifications.
  • Strong team facilitation skills, especially managing change, managing teams, coaching and training others.
  • Demonstrate successful experience of working with Lean tools and techniques - 5S, OEE, Problem Solving, Kaizen, 7 Wastes, Process Mapping/VSM, FMEA, Pareto and Ranking and Process Capability (cp and cpk)
  • Highly credible and influential personality with tangible experience in the field of continuous improvement and culture change.
  • Hands on approach at all levels.
  • Project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels (especially shopfloor level.
  • Excellent computer, analytical & problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and within deadlines.
  • Flexibility in location as may be required to transfer to another factory within the UK
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