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Quality & Continuous Improvement
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What you will do:

The Lean Manager is responsible, under the guidance of the Plant Manager and in close partnership with the Regional Lean Director, for advancing lean within a large plant specifically in terms of practice, adaptation, and cultural integration.  Through the development and implementation of specific strategies, roadmaps/action plants, training and active advocacy, the incumbent will influence the site to a new culture. You will demonstrate success through increased operational and business metrics performance.  The work of this role will impact conversion cost and operational performance directly.

  • Responsible for aligning the processes, measurements, standards, and efforts across assigned plant with the primary focus areas of lean and continuous improvement
  • Fully accountable for supporting and leading the creation of an inclusive and positive organizational culture while assisting in the developing a bench of lean skilled talent in the organization, that is prepared to take on larger assignments, is diverse in representation, background/experience and thought

How you will do it

  • Supports the development and deployment of both short term and mid to long term lean and cost reduction plans to accelerate continuous improvement of the plant
  • Leads the lean deployment plan across the Factories: Hoshin Planning, KPI Scorecard management and learning, to deliver improved and predictable business results.  Drives the applicable Johnson Controls Manufacturing System (JCMS) principles to facilitate the cultural transformation
  • Ensures that the regional strategic breakthroughs and all local Continuous Improvement Plans are actioned through Value Stream Maps, Standard Work and necessary KPI scorecards.  Scorecards are required to be in place and well managed to deliver on the key changes which are measured during weekly meetings
  • Drives lean training and overall execution; helps to drive the training using Lean academies on the shop floor, benchmarking experiences, and daily CI ideation. Through word and action develops an organization that embraces lean and actively improves the operations using appropriate lean methodologies and tools
  • Drives the creation, adoption, and regular use of standard work.  Ensures all stakeholders are aware of ‘off-standard’ issues and supports recovery plans and actions 
  • Drives the culture of true Gemba walks and to ensure the leadership is supporting the associates to drive high performing teams at each area of the plants
  • Supports the Lean Implementers with coaching to proven improvement methodologies and ensures successful completion of their projects 
  • Identifies waste and opportunities for the business to improve, as well as reporting and celebrating past successes in these areas from a business perspective
  • Ensures JCMS and lean plans are aligned with the global JCMS drive of One Company, One standard, One Process. Contributes to the development and improvement of the methodologies within the larger JCMS roadmap
  • Identifies, shares, and leverages best practices, including a drive for a technology roadmap, which may include 3D printing, digitization, etc.
  • Leads the cultural change of JCI employees (from firefighting culture to working according to standards), including leading teams in their Lean competence development. Utilize key Toyota Production System cultural methodologies
  • Acts as challenger and catalyst in changing leadership behavior; respectfully challenge the status quo and act as a role model for Lean thinking
  • Raises the performance and talent level in the plant through active engagement with leaders and employees.  Mentors, coaches, and trains throughout assigned organization
  • Assists in the identification and completion of model Lean lines/cells, and then extend to through the plants
  • Using standard tracking and reporting systems drives project performance and assures timely completion and achievement of product / process quality and savings goals
  • Selects and develops lean implementers within the plants
  • Assists Regional Lean Managers/Directors in any strategic initiative that will help in compliance to standards, implementing new systems, and designing creative solutions that will continuously improve the plant
  • Assists in raising the engagement and organizational health within assigned region; creates an inclusive culture through role modeling, setting of expectations and course correcting as needed
  • Works with internal and external management and senior-level contacts to keep abreast of business needs and changes, understands and shares new developments in the industry and operations domain for the purpose of achieving business goals and to support the smooth running of operations within the region
  • Is an active and visible community participant; raising the awareness of our sites and their local impact while also increasing the positive impact the site has on the community 

What we look for


  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Engineering, Operations or related field of study or equivalent work plus 3 to 5 years progression and related experience
  • Leadership experience with a multidisciplinary team; demonstrated ability to lead a large and complex organization in a multi-site construct
  • Strong knowledge of lean, process improvement and quality management tools
  • Project Management skills and passion for continuous improvement


  • Solid understanding of business planning processes and key business metrics to be achieved
  • Experience in running kaizen Gembas and thorough understanding of Toyota Production System principles and culture
  • Proven track record in change management and influencing skills up, down and across the organization

Johnson Controls International plc. is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, genetic information, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. For more information, please view EEO is the Law. If you are an individual with a disability and you require an accommodation during the application process, please visit www.johnsoncontrols.com/careers

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