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Lean Manufacturing Engineer

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We are currently seeking a Lean Manufacturing Engineer within the Hillenbrand Operating Model (HOM) team at Rotex, a Hillenbrand company. This role based in Cincinnati, Ohio, 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.




  • Partner with the OpCo/Platform HOM Lead and the facility or functional leader to develop and execute a Continuous Improvement roadmap and identify key metrics (KPI’s and TTI’s) and lead projects to achieve goals in targeted areas

  • Lead the site/function’s Lean transformation with a focus on improvements to safety, quality, cost and delivery

  • Evaluates current business practices, looking for ways to improve productivity, reduce costs, and make the best use of the business's resources.

  • Schedule, lead, facilitate, and manage Continuous Improvement projects including Kaizen events and aligned with the company 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, Time Studies, etc.)

  • Audit, monitor and sustain the health of the HOM Lean culture by establishing and utilizing scoring systems, gap analysis, and countermeasures to asses implemented processes and evaluate where further refinements are needed

  • Lead capital equipment projects as it relates to process improvement

  • Track the status of all HOM Lean activities, cost savings, training, certifications and events

  • Perform regular Gemba walks including leadership and area personnel to evaluate

  • Design tooling, fixtures, and equipment to assist with improvement efforts

  • Identify, evaluate, recommend, purchase, install and develop inspection and maintenance schedules for equipment including fixtures, tools, gages, etc. as required for an efficient manufacturing operation

  • Assist programming activities including training and integration with Engineering and Manufacturing for computer controlled equipment and systems

  • Prepare and maintain documentation for manufacturing procedures and instructions

  • Assist organization-wide continuous improvement efforts as needed

Education / Experience / Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S./B.A.) or equivalent from a college or university in Engineering, Business Management or comparable field;

  • Minimum of 2-4 years related Lean experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience with an emphasis in Lean with Manufacturing and Supply Chain processes preferred.

  • Demonstrated lean manufacturing knowledge and experience required

  • 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

  • Minimum 2 years experience with Solid Works and AutoCAD design software

  • Intermediate experience and skills using Microsoft Office

  • Six Sigma and/or Lean experience or certification preferred

  • Experience with ERP and Database software preferred


  • Employee must be able to travel 5-15% of the time

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, kneel and bend. The employee may occasionally lift items as heavy as 50lbs. Specific vision abilities may include the employee’s ability to see near and far distances.

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