Lean Practictioner I
Mueller Water Products

Decatur, Illinois

Posted in Manufacturing and Production


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Mueller Company, the nation's leading manufacturer of flow control devices for the water and gas distribution industries, is looking for a Lean Practitioner to join our team. The Decatur Operations established in 1857, manufacturers rugged and dependable devices used in industrial/commercial applications. Its products include brass water and steel gas valves, Water/Gas Line tapping machines, Line Stopper Fittings, tools, and controllers.

Mueller Co.'s manufacturing commitment ensures one of world's most precious resources, clean drinking water, reaches millions of people daily. Be a part of something that sustains and enriches the lives of every human being.

The Lean Practitioner will drive the Operational Excellence transformation by building a culture of continuous improvement through use of lean philosophies and practices throughout all manufacturing value streams. The successful candidate will lead and support process improvements through process standardization, material flow improvement, and overall waste reduction, improving manufacturing lead times and customer service levels. The major objective is to improve the people and processes to positively impact major KPIs (Safety, Quality, Delivery, Inventory and Cost) so that we are more competitive in the marketplace and our business grows.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Drive the culture of continuous improvement and operational excellence, throughout the company by ensuring standard utilization of Lean manufacturing and 6 Sigma practices.
  • Lead Kaizen Events and Six Sigma Black belt level projects within and across operations to optimize Value Stream performance.
  • To foster an environment of Lean Implementation with training of employees in Lean tools and methods; Value Stream Mapping, Kan Ban (Pull Systems), Level Loading, Heijunka, PFEP, Supermarket, Material Handling Route Design, Waste identification, 5S, Visual Management, JIT, SMED, and Poka Yoke.
  • Create opportunities for plants to share and develop best practices.
  • Build and develop improved operations, processes, and procedures to support the Company strategic direction.
  • Facilitate a high level of employee participation on teams and in events to foster high involvement, accountability, and results.
  • Must be capable of working on a manufacturing floor.
  • Must be willing to work overtime and occasional irregular shifts.
  • Must be able to work with limited supervision.

Required Experience and/or Education:
  • Bachelor's Degree in related Technical discipline.
  • 1-3 years of experience in manufacturing environment involving high speed machining.
  • Strong working knowledge and experience in Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma tools.
  • Outstanding PC/Systems knowledge and skills.
  • Strong leadership, communications, and interpersonal skills with ability to interact with all levels of employees, customers, and outside professionals.
  • Behavior and experience demonstrated with results for:
    • Understanding of market dynamics and financial implications for strategic decisions.
    • Leadership style supportive of team and group communication and relationships with peers and customers.
    • Leadership by example via energy level, diligence, aggressiveness, and overall work ethic.
    • Ability to work within a high velocity, autonomous and demanding business culture.
    • Unequivocal commitment to the highest standards of personal and business ethics and conduct.

Perks of Joining Our Team:
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Referral Bonuses

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other category protected by law.


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