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Lean and Continuous Improvement Manager

Company:  Ball Corporation

Velim, CZ, 28101 RS, 11070 Lille, FR, 59000 Bellegarde sur Valserine, FR, 1201 Devizes, GB, SN10 2HT

Date:  Sep 24, 2023
Job Category:  Quality/ Continuous Improvement
Req. ID:  31252

Further your career at Ball, a world leader in manufacturing sustainable aluminum packaging. Achieve extraordinary things when you join our team, and make a difference in your professional development, the community, and around the globe!


Purpose of the position:


The role has strategic and tactical responsibilities to engage, facilitate and guide the Division and Plant Leadership Teams in designing a Lean & CI approach that encourages and develops an improvement culture throughout all business processes, at all employee levels.


Key responsibilities include:


  • Translate BAP overall business vision into a strategic Lean and CI approach to support the business, including all levers to develop the adequate culture (communications aspects, training, projects management…). 
  • Identify and prioritise targeted areas of opportunity across the corporation through execution of multiple waste reduction projects.
  • Develop Lean further into operations through training and education in the general Lean tools, Shingo & Zero Loss (business name for TPM) and to manage major Sector impacting improvement projects.
  • Manage and lead savings within the Region, improving the performance of Manufacturing and non-manufacturing KPIs. Ensure that the correct evaluation of the Economic Value Added (EVA)  generation is performed into projects.
  • Facilitate value stream mapping, business process re-design, kaizen, continuous improve-ment, lean thinking, cycle time reduction, etc. to simplify and perfect targeted areas.
  • Prioritize the action plan and guide Project Teams with the consistent Lean approach and methodology: interact with all CoE leaders to align on the most important projects and support them to deploy the adequate methodology.
  • Work closely with the project sponsors, with the local Lean&CI leaders to adjust the relevant resources and capex. 
  • Organize LSS training to increase CI competencies across the Division and leadership of kaizen events, across all levels of the organization.
  • Motivate and engage direct cross-functional teams to desired results through skilful appli-cation of the LSS methodology.
  • Ensure to maintain detailed records of all CI projects. Effectively communicate activities and progress of all projects to all levels of plant employees.
  • Lead Excellence in Performance (EIP) and similar Lean activities to assist Manufacturing sites in achieving their KPIs.
  • Run high impact/high return projects in Manufacturing and non-manufacturing disciplines that may have Region wide potential.
  • Work closely with Business Leaders to ensure identification and alignment of projects so the EVA program is maintained at all times.
  • Support critical Safety and Quality initiatives in line with the Manufacturing Strategy.
    Facilitate knowledge sharing by initiating best practice sharing and benchmarking by liais-ing with the CI Leaders.


Knowledge and experience required: 

  • Technical qualification to degree level or relevant experience
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience of operating in a Manufacturing environment
  • Lean and CI methodologies
  • Financial awareness with basic P+L experience
  • Excellent understanding of CI concepts, including Lean, Six Sigma, Change Management, Project Management and Problem-Solving concepts
  • Previous experience with  multiple significant sized projects across multiple geographies
  • Can manage, develop, train, coach and interact with with people from different cultures and at all level of organization
  • Excellent computer literacy skills, specifically Excel and power points skills
  • Fluent in English, other European language desirable 



Ball Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We actively encourage applications from everybody, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, faith, ability, or orientation.


When you join Ball you belong to a team of over 22,000 members worldwide. Our products range from infinitely recyclable aluminum cans, cups, and aerosol bottles, to aerospace solutions that enable our customers to have a deeper understanding of our planet and the universe.


Each of us has a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion which is the foundation of our culture of belonging. Everyone at Ball is making a difference by doing what we love. Because what we create may change, but what we will always make is a difference.


Please note the advertised job title might vary from the job title on the contract due to local job title structure and global HR systems.


No agencies please.

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