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Continuous Improvement Manager

Job Number:  61763
Group:  Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting
Division:  Autosystems America, Inc.
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Plymouth, MICHIGAN, US, 48170

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Job Number: 61763 
Group: Magna Mechatronics, Mirrors & Lighting  
Division: Autosystems America, Inc. 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: PLYMOUTH 


Group Description

The Mechatronics, Mirrors and Lighting group specializes in automotive technologies that are driving the future of mobility. Combining a deep systems knowledge to develop unique vehicle access experiences, intelligent visions systems and advanced automotive lighting technologies, MML's expertise light the path to innovation, safety and styling.


Key Responsibilities

• Maintain the highest level of understanding regarding Magna practices including World Class Manufacturing (WCM), Magna Factory Concept (MAFACT), Magna Cost Reduction Process (MCRP), Value Stream Mapping (VSM), Kaizen Events, and Standardized Work.

• Ensure Lessons Learned (LL) are read across and ensure standard processes (design, equipment, tooling, quoting, etc.) are updated as needed to support Continuous Improvement.

• Train, mentor, and drive a culture of WCM, and MCRP within the division.

• Develop standardized tools for departments to facilitate a repeatable workflow environment.

• Analyze key business metrics to identify areas of opportunity that will have the largest impact on financial performance.

• Perform business case analysis on potential improvement plans to confirm payback is present to obtain Executive Management agreement on implementation.

• Develop fully comprehensible implementation plans with team input to facilitate effective execution, including timing, funding, payback, risk analysis, and required resource allocations.

• Monitor and execute through effective tracking and reporting ensuring on budget and on time delivery to established key process indicators (KPI’s).

• Monthly project status reports presented to Senior Management of key dates, customer deliverables, open issues, and financial status.

Key Qualifications/Requirements

• Diploma preferred in manufacturing, engineering, or finance with a bachelor’s degree an asset, or proven work related experience

• A minimum of 3 years in automotive lighting commodity, with 5 years minimum in automotive manufacturing

• Red X or Six Sigma training preferred

• Microsoft software with expert skills in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

• Execution experience as it relates to Continuous Improvement related tools and topics required:

• Experience in management of both direct reports and peers an asset.

Additional Information

• Interpersonal skills, where associations are held to the highest standards

• Strong communication in both written and verbal manner, with the ability to interpret the audience.

• Present to large groups of peers and executive management

• Systematic approach to problem resolution and decisions are data driven

• Ability to gather and analyze information

• Long term planning and organizational, even in times of crisis

• Maintains highest level of quality in all aspects of business activities

• Continuous improvement mentality with desire to drive changes into standard operating procedures

• Mentorship of peers and progress tracking of skill development

• Ability to maintain high level of tasks and effectively prioritize

• Follow through with completion based on effective prioritization to eliminate follow up

• Understand when escalation is needed in a timely fashion to ensure on time deliverables

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Nearest Major Market: Detroit

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