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HOM Lean / Operational Excellence Champion

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Outstanding Career Opportunity!


This position will partner with the HOM Lead and the facility or functional leader to develop and execute a Kaizen roadmap.  It will lead the overall HOM Lean efforts in improving processes and procedures for the specified site or functional areas.  Training and coaching managers and associates will also be a key part of this role.


About Us:


A cornerstone in the death care industry, Batesville has distinguished itself from all others through our commitment to quality, service and innovation. For more than 100 years, Batesville has been dedicated to serving the needs of licensed funeral professionals and helping families honor the lives of those they love.® With annual revenues of approximately $600 million, Batesville is the clear leader, providing a comprehensive portfolio of burial and cremation products, memorialization offerings, profit-enhancing merchandising systems and leading-edge technology solutions.


At Batesville, our associates are our strongest asset, and we strive to attract, hire and develop the best and brightest to ensure our place in the future. Batesville has a strong culture of achievement, which is underpinned by these five core values: 

  • Individual worth and integrity
  • Excellence in execution
  • Spirit of continuous learning and improvement
  • Courage
  • Customer focus and partnership


  • Partner with the OpCo/Platform HOM Lead and the facility or functional leader to develop and execute a Kaizen roadmap and identify key metrics (KPI’s and TTI’s)
  • Lead the site/function’s Lean transformation with a focus on improvements to safety, quality, cost and delivery
  • Schedule, lead and facilitate Kaizen Events and other CI projects aligned with the Kaizen roadmap and Strategy Deployment
  • Train and coach managers and employees in the daily use and implementation of Lean principles
  • Ensure consistent application of HOM practices, tools and templates (i.e.: Standard Work, Job Instruction, Daily Management, Weakpoint Management, Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen Road mapping, SMED, TPM, etc.)
  • Audit, monitor and sustain the health of the HOM Lean culture by utilizing a scoring system, gap analysis, and countermeasures
  • Track the status of all HOM Lean activities, cost savings, training, certifications and events
  • Assist organization-wide kaizen efforts as needed
  • Other duties may be assigned


Supervisory Responsibilities:
May directly supervises employees. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance to the Company policies, the Code of Ethical Business Conduct and applicable laws.
Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


  • Employee must be able to travel 28-50% of the time.


Education / Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S./B.A.) or equivalent from a college or university in Engineering, Business Management or comparable field;
  • Minimum of 5 years related Lean experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience with an emphasis in Lean or operational excellence.  


  • Demonstrated expert lean manufacturing knowledge and experience required
  • Expert knowledge of Lean Manufacturing/Operational Excellence Principles, 5S, CI, SMED, Root Cause Analysis, 5 Why, Standard Work, 3P, Poke Yoke, etc. required
  • Demonstrated ability to teach, mentor, and coach required
  • Strong leadership and change agent skills required
  • Excellent team facilitation skills required 
  • Six Sigma experience or certification preferred
  • Lean Certification preferred
  • CQE Certification appreciated

What We Offer:


Unique Health & Welfare Benefits


Comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance including unique services to help you navigate the complex health care system (tele-health services, cancer care assistance, on-site Health & Wellness center*, etc.) as well as short and long-term disability, among others.

Generous 401K Matching Program – 4% (base pay) automatic contribution + $.50 for each additional dollar saved on the first 6% of pay saved


What Sets Us Apart:
  • We Develop From Day #1: We promote an on-boarding experience focused on individual training through our Experience Batesville program. Our focus on intentional talent development continues through our Batesville University offerings and education events. We encourage associates to create Individual Development Plans (IDPs) to help drive career focused discussions and advancement opportunities.
  • We Support Each Other: Our mission is helping families honor the lives of those they love® and to carry that mission through to our team, we host an annual Remembrance Day to help associates honor the lives of those they love who have passed, as well as honoring those who have and continue to serve our country on Memorial and Veteran’s Day.
  • We have Fun!: We work hard, but when it’s time to play hard, our Tree is Me team (workforce engagement) organizes team events such as: our annual Associate Christmas & Children’s Christmas parties, Summer Picnic, March Madness and many other fun activities.
  • We Give Back: In addition to planning associate events, our Tree Is Me team partners with our local Relay for Life team to encourage associate participation in annual fundraising events to help raise funds and increase awareness for cancer and our OneCampaign encourages associate participation in local community volunteer opportunities.

*These services are not available at all Batesville locations


At Batesville, a Hillenbrand company, we strive to build a diverse workforce through equal opportunity employment that embraces and leverages the differences each individual has to offer. Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer of minorities/females/disabled/veteran

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