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Posted on: September 23, 2019 • Category: Quality

Operational Excellence Leader

Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc

Apply By: September 28, 2019
No. of Jobs: 1
Job Type: Full-Time
Pay Type: Salary
Compensation: DOE/DOQ
Education: Bachelor's Degree

Human Resources
Phone 1: 605-665-9311
Learn more about Kolberg Pioneer
Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc
700 West 21st Street
PO Box 20
Yankton, SD 57078
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  1. Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or closely related degree with two plus years of lean/continuous improvement background & experience.
  2. Minimal Bronze Lean Certified and/or Six Sigma Green Belt preferred.
  3. Ability to work well with others and demonstrate good oral and written communication skills.
  4. Excellent computer skills with data collection & interpretation abilities to apply & resolve problems.
  5. Ability to present to all levels of the organization & take feedback & ideas to incorporate into implementation plans.
  6. Perform work in an industrial environment with exposure to industrial noise, fumes, smoke, etc.


Working closely with every aspect of the business utilizing Lean Principles, Lean Toolsets, PDCA, 7 QC tools & QED, lead continuous improvement teams on lean implementations & establish detailed action plans. Also, works on improving & enhancing our Quality Management System – through data collection & analysis, along with operator input determine & establish best practices then train across shifts. Work with Managers, Supervisors & Team Leaders on lean training & implementation in their respective areas of responsibility. Follow up on value stream & company metrics to ensure data collection & tracking are being maintained & utilized towards KPI continuous improvement strategies & goals. Work closely with all teams/departments on product & process improvements – assisting & engaging others in implementation plans and corrective actions.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Train employees on the Lean & Quality toolsets using power point presentations with the ‘train & apply’ technique to develop & ensure strategic alignment.
  2. Develop cross-functional Kaizen Teams to solve problems, enhance agility, reduce costs & remove ‘waste’ enterprise-wide focused on future state/ideal state design.
  3. Evaluate processes enterprise-wide through the use of face-to-face interaction, time studies, process mapping, value stream mapping, spaghetti mapping & work load balancing while creating a team oriented environment to implement process improvements.
  4. Through the use of lean & quality toolsets show process improvements in key performance indicators (ie.- cycle time, cost of quality, inventory, space utilization, on-time completions, customer satisfaction, etc.)
  5. Evaluation: Utilizing PDCA cycles along with data analysis, root cause investigation & employee feedback, provide process improvement priorities & preliminary implementation plans to the OpEx Director & OpEx Steering Committee.
  6. Work with Value Stream Managers & other Managers on defining & improving product & process issues relating to the respective value streams (product lines).
  7. Procedures: On a continuing basis, develop procedures & update existing procedures. Advise the OpEx Director of suggested procedural improvements.
  8. Data collection & metrics: Assist in defining & collecting data for True North system, value streams & work cells; maintain lean & quality metrics & records, including data entry, tracking & control of documents.
  9. Perform other duties as qualified & assigned by the OpEx Director. All duties must be performed in compliance with Company policies relating to safety, quality and housekeeping.

Other Information:

Interested individuals can stop by the KPI_JCI office to complete an application, or download our application form and job descriptions from our website (; click on “Careers” in the upper right-hand corner).

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