Lean Manager

Tacoma, WA, US, 98446

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.

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Onsite from our Tacoma, WA plant



The Lean Manager is responsible for advancing and executing specific lean initiatives and projects with a goal to achieve workplace organization through continuous improvement by working inclusively and cross functionally.  This position reports to the Plant Manager.


What You’ll Do: 


  • Assists with the implementation of Lean Manufacturing goals and strategies for improving the operations and processes within the organization. 
  • Employs lean methodologies and tools to accomplish business objectives.
  • Accountable for teaching, leading and executing process excellence initiatives.
  • Serve as a change agent for developing and encouraging a culture that is driven by innovation, accountability and transparency.
  • Foster cultural transformations through mentoring of executive leadership, organizational training and hands-on project support with operators on the production floor.
  • Train teams through development and implementation of continuous improvement tools and best practice share across the network including learning material, standard work, driven metrics and measurement tools to ensure process improvement initiatives are aligned with overall company strategy.
  • Apply wide range of process improvement tools to assist in identifying and eliminating waste and support growth including:  Standard Work, Value Stream Mapping, Visual Management, Gemba Planning and Facilitation, Flow Concepts, and Problem Solving.
  • Drive inclusive and cross functional teams to Best-In-Class performance in People, Quality, Material Flow, Information Flow and Cost.
  • Create an environment where all employees have increased opportunities to contribute to the success of the business and the security of their future through Continuous Improvement efforts.
  • Take initiative to apply Lean expertise innovatively in support of the organizational vision that addresses critical business issues and focuses on developing long-term, sustainable solutions.
  • Serve as knowledge and subject matter expert and contact for organization.
  • Other duties as assigned


The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.


What You’ll Bring:


  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in leading process improvement projects in manufacturing environment.

  • Excellent communication skills; comfortable in front of all levels of the organization, as well as external customers.
  • 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.
  • Minimum of 5 years of lean, six sigma, continuous improvement experience; daily management, strategy deployment, and problem solving in manufacturing environment
  • Experience with Toyota Production System improvement style preferred
  • Proven ability to apply Lean principles in a variety of situations
  • Experience with lean shop floor improvements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related discipline preferred. Degree must be from an accredited institution.
  • High school diploma or GED required.


What You’ll Receive:


  • At James Hardie, we recognize that our success depends on our people. We've worked hard to build a generous and competitive benefits program that demonstrates our commitment to our employees. 
  • Comprehensive low-cost co-pay Health Insurance; medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance benefits for every 30+ hour full-time employee. Insurance starts on day one!
  • 401(k) Retirement plan that will match 100% of employees saved dollars up to the first 6% of your salary
  • Paid holidays, paid vacation including Jury Duty and bereavement leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Parental Leave
  • Community Involvement & Sustainable Solutions - Fire Resistant Siding to Help Rebuild the Grizzly Flats Community | James Hardie
  • And more 


The expected compensation range for this position is between $119K and $140K. Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience, market conditions, and other job-related factors permitted by law. This position qualifies for benefits which may also include a discretionary bonus.

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James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Tacoma

Job Segment: Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma, Business Process, Plant, Plant Manager, Management, Manufacturing