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Georgia Employer LEAN MANAGER in Toccoa, Georgia

With over 10,000 employees and more than a dozen brands, American Woodmark is one of the nation's largest cabinet manufacturers. By partnering with major home centers, builders, and dealers, we spark the imagination of homeowners and designer and bring their vision to life. Across our service and distribution centers, our corporate office and manufacturing facilities, you'll always find the same commitment to customer satisfaction, integrity, teamwork, and excellence. We are on a journey to encourage an inclusive Woodmark, and are taking meaningful actions to promote diverse representation across every part of the business. Together, every team member contributes to making American Woodmark a place where people can express who they are through what they do. POSITION PURPOSE: Direct and lead the implementation and ongoing execution of American Woodmark's Lean Manufacturing initiative throughout the entire plant operation with the goal to deliver superior operating results and to further enhance our customer's total quality experience. IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to excel at the essential functions assigned. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability required. Experience * 1-2 years of manufacturing experience in a managerial role, preferable, Operations, Quality or Engineering. Other field will be considered based on individual accomplishments. * Must have a demonstrated history of successfully leading and facilitating changes that involve all levels of employees with measurable results. * Prior lean certification and experience in implementation of lean manufacturing is a strong plus, however individuals that meet the other skill requirements will receive the appropriate training in lean manufacturing. * Applicants must be proficient in identifying areas of improvement, planning for, and leading Kaizen events, value stream mapping, single piece flow, error proofing, visual workplace, standard work, set-up reduction and be familiar with SPC and Six-Sigma implementation. Skills * Ability to learn new concepts and pass the knowledge along to others in classroom and practical experience. * Proven ability to lead associates through coaching and mentoring. * Candidates should be highly energized and self-motivated with experience working with teams to implement change and be adept at communicating with all levels to get everyone on board. * Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. * Track record of successful project management and team experience. * Personal computer skills in a networked environment, Microsoft products (Word, Excel, Outlook, and Access) required. * Management style and duties must be consistent with and support 2007 Vision and CITE principles. Education * B.S. degree in technical field or equivalent hands-on training required. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: * Provide active design, leadership, and advocacy of a continuous improvement culture. * Utilizing Value Stream Mapping, develop the plant Lean strategy and corresponding rolling 6-month implementation plan that is aligned with company's overall strategic direction. * Facilitate teams of employees engaged in lean activity planning and execution of these plans. * Develop clearly defined deliverables for Lean in accordance with the company's scorecard system. * Serve as the "champion" for all Lean activities, working with leadership across the business enterprise to train, communicate, standardize, sustain and facilitate the implementation of Lean. * Build strong and positive working relationships with all functional areas across the company, including them in the improvement activities and understanding their needs. * Identify training and develop appropriate programs to educate employees in the principles of Lean manufacturing. * Define and lead Kaizen events and follow-up to ensure proper progress and the continuity of the lean efforts toward the o