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HOM Lean/Operational Excellence Champion

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Position Summary:
Coperion is looking for an HOM Lean/Operational Excellence Champion in Salina, KS. 

Who we are:

Coperion is an industry leader in compounding and extrusion, feeding and weighing, bulk material handling and service, bringing a wealth of know-how and experience to the market. Customers benefit from Coperion's divisions of Compounding & Extrusion, Equipment & Systems, Materials Handling and Service that are optimally networked on a global basis to offer ultimate support in the design, manufacturing and implementation of ideal systems. Staffed by engineers, chemists, technicians and a variety of industry experts, these Divisions form a powerhouse of process solutions for their customers.

Coperion is an operating company of Hillenbrand. Hillenbrand (www.Hillenbrand.com) is a global diversified industrial company with businesses that serve a wide variety of industries around the world. We pursue profitable growth and robust cash generation to drive increased value for our shareholders. Hillenbrand's portfolio includes industrial businesses such as Coperion, Milacron Injection Molding & Extrusion, and Mold-Masters, in addition to Batesville, a recognized leader in the death care industry in North America. Hillenbrand is publicly traded on the NYSE under "HI."

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • 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 (ie: 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 


  • 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
  • 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
This position will travel 25% of the time to our sister company in Pitman, New Jersey

Physical Demands:

To perform this job successfully, the physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by an employee. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to handle and feel, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear. The employee may occasionally be required to crouch. The employee may occasionally lift items as heavy as 25lbs. Specific vision abilities may include the employee’s ability to see near and far distances.



The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by the employee within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of any employee assigned to this job. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

At Hillenbrand 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/veterans

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