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Lean Continuous Improvement Lead

Last Updated Date:  Mar 18, 2023

Statesville, NC, US, 28625

Company:  Global Collaboration Center

Job Information

The Lean Continuous Improvement Lead is responsible for leading and executing Lean Six Sigma initiatives, with our Supplier Partners, which drive measurable business results in Quality, Cost and Demand Management.  Ability to conduct fact-based analyses and problem solving; along with developing actionable recommendations to achieve business results are key success factors. Position reports into the Global Procurement function but will be required to work cross-functionally with our direct material suppliers, procurement, component engineering and operations to establish strategic and comprehensive continuous improvement strategies which are aligned to Bobcat’s business objectives.

Role & Responsibility

  • Manages targeted Lean Six Sigma (LSS) initiatives in support of Bobcat’s quality, cost, and delivery goals.
  • Supports Bobcat’s Supplier VIP program (Value Innovation Partnership). 
  • Provides training and tactical coaching in LSS methods to internal stakeholders as well as Bobcat’s supply base.
  • Applies statistical analysis tools, such as Minitab, in the problem-solving process.
  • Leads Gemba Kaizen events at targeted suppliers which positively impact quality, cost, and delivery.  
  • Leads 3P (Production Preparedness Process) workshops for target supplier NPD programs.
  • Works in collaboration with cost estimating to identify savings opportunities driven by LSS productivity improvements.
  • Hands-on problem solving – defining risk and mitigation actions.
  • Reports out to Procurement leadership on project status and results. 

Job Requirement

  • Bachelors Degree in engineering discipline or equivalent work experience.
  • Blackbelt certified – Lean certification a plus.
  • 7-10 years plant manufacturing experience.
  • 5-7 years leading Gemba Kaizen/3P workshops.
  • Advanced application of lean methods (5S, Waste Reduction, One Piece Flow, SMED, Value Stream Mapping, Pull Systems).
  • Demonstrated track record of lean transformation in a manufacturing environment.
  • Knowledge of industry quality standards and methodologies: ISO, IATF, APQP and PPAP. 
  • Ability to travel up to 50%.
  • Location flexible.


  • Supply Chain Acumen – Understands the key value creation processes within the Procurement function.
  • Financial Acumen – Ability to accurately assess financial impact of project savings.
  • Project Management – Demonstrated capability in project planning and status tracking.
  • Business Thinking/Strategizing –Ability to define Lean Six Sigma strategy which aligns to business objectives.
  • Problem Solving – Ability to successfully apply problem solving tools which address highly complex issues.
  • Relationship Management - Works collaboratively with cross-functional stakeholders at all levels.

As a part of the Doosan Group, which employs more than 43,000 people in 38 countries worldwide, the company offers its customers products and solutions to help build stronger businesses and communities. Based in Seoul, South Korea, with its North America headquarters in West Fargo, North Dakota, Doosan Bobcat is a leading global manufacturer of construction, agriculture, landscaping and grounds maintenance equipment, attachments and services. The company is committed to empowering people to accomplish more. 

Doosan Bobcat North America is home to world-renowned brands, including Bobcat® compact equipment, Doosan® portable power products, Ryan® and Steiner® grounds maintenance equipment and Geith® attachments. Doosan Bobcat North America is a tradename of Clark Equipment Company.

Doosan is committed fostering an inclusive and a diverse workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, citizenship status, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please contact us at 701-476-4263. Doosan is a VEVRAA federal contractor and seeks priority referrals of protected veterans.

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