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Continuous Improvement/Lean Leader

Company:  Ball Corporation

Wakefield, GB, WF2 0XE

Date:  28 Mar 2024
Job Category:  Quality/ Continuous Improvement
Req ID:  34409

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

Ball is thrilled to receive Newsweek's 2023 Top 100 Global Most Loved Workplace award! As a sustainable product leader, we have over 21,000 global team members. From endlessly recyclable aluminum cans, and cups, to aerosol bottles, our goal is to contribute to a better community, society, and world.

Position overview:


To lead the design, implementation, sustainment and continuous improvement of Lean Enterprise deployment and Project Management to the manufacturing functions and processes at plant level. To lead the delivery of bottom-line benefits from improvement projects in line with the Strategy. To instil energy, enthusiasm and rigour to the Transactional Lean Journey and be a change agent for the Operational Excellence transformation.


Key responsibilities include:


•    Lead the development and implementation of the appropriate governance to ensure that business processes are fit-for-purpose and continuously improved, and that projects at all levels are appropriately resourced and managed to ensure on-time in-full delivery. 
•    A process for the identification, prioritisation and selection of the most critical projects that will deliver bottom-line and customer satisfaction benefits.
•    A process and a set of KPIs for articulating Lean business benefits (cost reduction, profit and efficiency improvements, sales and customer value enhancement, data integrity, Right First Time) that ensures transparency of delivered benefits to the bottom line.            
•    Use of Lean Six Sigma and project management tools and practices, as well as lean capabilities to prioritize activities, drive a structured business improvement program and ensure that the team members put in practice a project management way of thinking and it  becomes embedded in the culture (PDCA, DMAIC, gate reviews,  responsibilities and accountabilities (RACI), project review discipline).
•    The documentation of key business processes, assessment of their maturity using the Lean Audit toolkit, and the development of an improvement strategy that will increase process maturity as measured by lean audit scores and external benchmarks.
•    The sharing of best practice from projects and business process maturity across the region.
•    Lead the delivery of year-on-year bottom line benefits through project activity in line with business requirements.
•    To develop and implement a strategy for nurturing and improving the lean and project management capabilities and behaviours of senior leaders and departmental team members. This includes coaching, training and putting the tools and capabilities in place to get function-wide (and corporate-wide) impact for management of projects and initiatives.


Experience and skills required:


•    Lean Six Sigma certification
•    Degree in Science, Engineering or Business

•    IT skills (Excel, Visio, PowerPoint, Word) and MINITAB

•    Project management skills 


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 aluminium 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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