Xylem Continuous Improvement (CI) Program Manager in Dubois, Pennsylvania

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to developing innovative technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. The Company’s products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services settings. Xylem also provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced infrastructure analytics solutions for water, electric and gas utilities. The Company’s more than 16,500 employees bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on identifying comprehensive, sustainable solutions. Headquartered in Rye Brook, New York with 2017 revenue of $4.7 billion, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands.

The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all – that which occurs in nature. For more information, please visit us at www.xylem.com .

The Role: Xylem seeks to hire a Continuous Improvement (CI) Program Manager who will provide the opportunity for you to be part of the current Continuous Improvement program and team, that aims to drive customer satisfaction improvements, product quality, new product introduction, R&D cost reduction, and manufacturing and operational efficiencies. This CI Program Manager position will play a significant part of driving a CI and Quality culture change throughout the organization by utilizing the CI toolkit through all functional areas of the business. Individuals will use all facets of LEAN, Problem Solving & 6 Sigma, and Project Management, enabling the candidate to drive process improvements and change across the organizations.

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Drive cross-functional teams, empowering them to execute the CI program strategy and tools to drive cost reduction, eliminate waste, and improve process capability,

  • Deliver breakthrough levels of improvement in both transactional, manufacturing and R&Dprocesses, by reducing defects and eliminating waste,

  • Facilitate, train and coach team members in the use of the entire suite of CI tools,

  • Work with operating leaders and teams to define and assess CI opportunities for respective functional areas,

  • Sserve as a change agent in institutionalizing CI principles and leading change,

  • Constantly seek, share and implement best practices among all CI teams in all Xylem growth centers,

  • Communicate individual and team progress to Champions, Business Leaders and and CI leadership teams,

  • Educate, coach and mentor employees seeking training and certification on one or more of Xylem’s 3 learning paths: LEAN, Problem Solving & 6 Sigma, and Project Management, and

  • Identify potential process improvement projects.

Minimum Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, Abilities, License/Certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a functional area of expertise

  • Prior CI experience preferred

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally, as needed

Desired Characteristics

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

  • Change agent with strong credibility and influencing skills

  • Self-motivated and possess demonstrated ability to motivate others to achieve results

  • Strong facilitation skills; ability to drive teams to execution, results and outcomes

  • Working knowledge of LEAN tools, with practical and prior experience preferred

  • Strong analytical skills; ability to grasp statistical concepts and work with statistical analysis tools

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Executive level presentation skills

Physical Demands:

(The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend and move about the facility

Work Environment:

(The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • Office: Standard office equipment; work usually performed in an office setting free from any disagreeable elements.

  • Standardweeklyjob hours:40 hours

EOE including disability and veteran