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Volvo Group Trucks Operations, Hagerstown, MD - Lean and Continuous Improvement Coach

September 15, 2021 5:13 PM | Joyce La Padula (Administrator)

We are looking for
A motivated team member to provide coaching to support implementation of lean principles in our production and support functions. This includes introduction and explanation of tools, ways of working and world class methodology. This individual should be comfortable and experienced in knowledge sharing and growing peers in both a strategic and digestible way. You will be responsible to contribute to a continuous improvement culture focused on waste elimination, employee engagement and change towards a built-in-quality mindset of the entire Powertrain operation organization of Hagerstown. 

This is us, your new colleagues
Founded in 1927, the Volvo Group is committed to shaping the future landscape of sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions. The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment, power solutions for marine and industrial applications under the leading brands Volvo, Renault Trucks, Mack, UD Trucks, Eicher, SDLG, Terex Trucks, Prevost, Nova Bus, UD Bus, Volvo Penta, Dongfeng Trucks and Arquus. We work cross-functionally and globally to exceed our customer’s expectations and reach the world class manufacturing level.  We have exciting work in front of us, and more on the horizon.  The automotive world is changing rapidly and to be part of this big change is an exciting movement.  Many growth and countless career opportunities await for leaders who are willing to join our team on this challenging journey. 
What to learn more about Hagerstown?
We are the Heart.  We develop and produce heavy-duty diesel engines, transmissions and axles for Volvo Group Brands.  In operation since 1961, we are a proud supportive member of the community of Washington County and its surrounding areas.
Main activities and responsibilities for this role:

  • Support the Volvo Production Systems (VPS) Director in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM) way of working
  • Secure application of standard methods and tools, in accordance with WCM and Volvo Operational Concepts (VOC), in addition to expansion across the facility
  • Facilitate and participate in internal VPS audits and internal/external benchmarking
  • Lead and support the continuous improvement/lean manufacturing mindset (Focused Improvement Pillar)
  • Lead and support the implementation of small team concept in production teams
  • Support and coach towards a “rigor” in implementation
  • Coordinate the interaction between all areas (methods, shared activities, tools, data, etc.)
  • Coach Area Managers, First Line Managers, and team leaders regarding VPS principles, methods and tools
  • Create, train and coach local team in problem solving, tools and methods.
  • Participate in improvement activities in both WCM focus areas and responsible production areas.
Critical competencies and experience
We are looking for a team member with a strong customer focus who will be committed to the teamwork environment through being a resourceful team player. Maintaining collaborative relationships with team members internal and external is key in creating a successful and strong team. Experience with decision making and influencing ability is key in being about to drive the implementation and necessary changes.  Excellent communication skills will ease both team and cross functional work for allowing trustworthy network building. 
The ideal candidate for this position has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Operational Management or related field with a minimum of 3 years of technical experience and 3 years of management experience. Or a minimum of 8 years of applicable experience in a heavy manufacturing environment plus 3 years of management experience. Experience working with, coaching and implement WCM and/or lean manufacturing principles is preferable.

About us

The Volvo Group drives prosperity through transport solutions, offering trucks, buses, construction equipment, power solutions for marine and industrial applications, financing and services that increase our customers’ uptime and productivity. Founded in 1927, the Volvo Group is committed to shaping the future landscape of sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions. Countless career opportunities are offered across the group’s leading brands and entities that share a culture of Trust, Passion, High Performance, Change and Customer Success. 

A new era is here. Technologies such as big data, automation and artificial intelligence are changing the way we look at manufacturing and logistics. Volvo Group Trucks Operations is the organization responsible for truck manufacturing and logistics within the Volvo Group and is shaping future industries.

Volvo Group Trucks Operations encompasses all production of the Group’s engines and transmissions as well as the production of Volvo, Renault and Mack trucks. The organization is also responsible for spare parts supplies to the Group’s customers and for designing, operating and optimizing logistics and supply chains for all brands. Together, Volvo Group Trucks Operations represents 30,000 employees at 30 plants and 50 distribution centers across the globe. Our global industrial footprint offers an opportunity for an international career in a state-of-the-art industrial environment, in which continuous improvement is the foundation. Join our teams as well!

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