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Matthews International Senior Lean/Continuous Improvement Engineer in Aurora, Indiana

POSITION SUMMARY The Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions division of Matthews Memorialization is a leading manufacturer and distributor of caskets and other funeral home products in North America, producing a wide variety of wood, metal and cremation caskets. We sell our products exclusively through authorized distributors, primarily funeral homes. Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions and Matthews Memorialization are (MATW) Matthews International companies.matthewsaurora.comAt Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions we are currently seeking a talented Senior Lean/Continuous Improvement Engineer in Aurora, IN. The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated individual with critical attention to detail, deadlines, and reporting. The Senior Lean/Continuous Improvement Engineer is responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing projects and training efforts associated with the Lean/Continuous Improvement transformation and sustainment initiatives. JOB RESPONSIBILITIES 1. ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT? * Managing production projects. * Achieving targeted annualized cost goals and related cost reductions from lean, strategic sourcing, intelligent manufacturing and capital strategy initiatives. * Ensuring strategic goals are met and exceeded. 2. DO YOU ENJOY COLLABORATING WITH? * Clients, both external and internal * Peers and colleagues across the organization * Cross functional teams, including sales, distribution, etc. 3. DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH? * Coaching facility management on the implementation of lean initiatives and how to lead a culture change. * Partnering with work teams and leaders to drive targeted and sustainable improvements tied to strategy and corporate objectives. * Assuring product and process quality by validating methods, reviewing finished- product and process capabilities, establishing standards, and confirming manufacturing processes. * Planning utilization of facilities equipment, materials, and personnel to improve efficiency of operations. * Analyzes and plans work force utilization, facility layout, and operational data to determine efficient utilization of workers and equipment. * Ensuring that goals or objectives of projects are accomplished within the prescribed time frame and funding parameters. * Conferring with vendors to determine product specifications and arranges for purchase of equipment, materials, or parts, and evaluates products according to specifications and quality standards. * Planning, directing, and coordinating activities of employee(s) to ensure goals or objectives are accomplished. Mentors, coaches, trains and develops team. * Additional duties as assigned. 4. WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE * You will oversee the planning and analyzing of work force utilization, facility layout, and operational data such as production costs, process flow charts, and production schedules. * You will lead further development and deployment of tools and frameworks for all business segments. * You will develop value stream data to identify areas of waste within the office and manufacturing processes. QUALIFICATIONS * Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or related field * Advanced degree (MBA, Master's) preferred * 8+ years progressive lean management experience required * 5+ years in a leadership role (direct or indirect) * Periodic travel either locally, nationally, and/or internationally may be required * High degree of proficiency MS Office Suite, Outlook and Internet applications * Strong analytical, prioritizing, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation, budgeting, project management (from conception to completion), and planning skills * Strong verbal and written communication skills (including analysis, interpretation, and reasoning) * Solid understanding and application of mathematical concepts * Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with peers and colleagues across the organization, as well as, internal and external clients * Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-