Continuous Improvement Business Partner

 Us: James Donaldson & Sons 

Established in 1860, the Donaldson group is one of UK’s largest, privately owned processor, manufacturer and distributor of timber and associated products. The winning formula to date has been based on our commitment to a highly responsive customer service, embracing the latest industry technology and above all developing the capabilities and skills of our people.

The Role: Continuous Improvement Business Partner

We are currently seeking to recruit a highly self-motivated, dynamic and successful Continuous Improvement professional to support the development and roll out of our CI programme. This is a new programme, and as such any successful candidate will have the opportunity to join a new and exciting initiative for the Donaldson Group.

As part of a team and guided by our CI vision, you will work closely with our leadership team, as well as our cross-functional teams, in order to identify, develop and introduce cost-effective CI solutions as well as performance improvement opportunities for all aspects of the business.

Key elements of this full-time role will involve:

  • Promote the JDS Lean vision to drive and influence a mindset of CI throughout the business
  • Jointly design and introduce a lean management system, tailored to our organisation, gives great communication through daily tier meetings, creates empowerment and a team of problem solver
  • Develop simple reporting KPIs and dashboards within the Lean Management System and offer guidance and support on gap closure
  • Create a culture of waste identification and elimination throughout all areas of the business
  • Adopt a participative style to offer guidance and provide leadership in the strategy and execution of CI
  • Engage with various functions to assess and deploy the appropriate CI tools & techniques to establish robust processes
  • Introduce CI best practice within our various service sectors and share throughout the organisation
  • Promote and teach the use of problem-solving tools throughout the organisation and demonstrate the effectiveness of CI through the practical use of problem solving
  • Apply value stream mapping practice across our supply chain to remove inefficiencies and teach others the practice
  • Provide training and ongoing coaching in CI methodologies
  • Monitor and report on sites CI progression and provide updates on skill development, understanding and application
  • Develop and co-own CI roadmap to improve flow of materials and transactions (targeting lead time reduction to drive capacity creation)
  • Create and deploy a suitable site lean audit process and foster healthy cross site completion
  • Provide cross-collaboration team support to develop all areas of the business

 You: Qualifications & Experience

The successful candidate would ideally have the following:

  • Lean Certification or other Lean Six Sigma qualification
  • Experience of CI/Lean methodologies within both manufacturing and service sectors – leading Kaizen and deploying Lean tools and principles
  • Introduced or have been exposed to a Lean Management System
  • Proven experience in managing, motivating, and influencing team behaviours
  • 3 – 5 years of operations/service experience with demonstrated process improvements
  • Experience of training others in Lean / CI practice
  • Experience of change management
  • Experience of     coordinating      and     leading     successful       cross-functional improvements
  • Proven experience of successful 5S deployment in an organisation
  • Working experience with functional leaders to establish and execute a CI roadmap to deliver baseline results
  • Proficient in all Microsoft suite packages
  • Track record of having managed and facilitated change
  • Be a great communicator and coach of others

As this role covers all our UK sites then applicants must be prepared to travel and hold a full UK driving licence.