Regional Director Lean Continuous Improvement in Ashland, VA at Owens & Minor, Inc.

Date Posted: 7/19/2018

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This position utilizes an extensive knowledge of operational/business processes to execute strategic initiatives identified by leadership and/or Lean and Six Sigma methodologies within Field business area such as Inventory Management, Operations, Supplier Processes and Customer Processes. Acts as the business owner for assigned operational processes and is responsible for the achievement of regional business goals. This position works closely with the Director Lean and Process Improvement.


1.     Expert in Six Sigma/Lean Distribution/Continuous Process Improvement, with expert ability to perform data collection and root cause analysis to rapidly identify impactful opportunities in DC's.

2.     Ability to lead cross-functional team, share strategic foresight and facilitate sustainable, continuous process improvement strategies that delivers customer satisfaction and shareholder value.

3.     Responsible for achieving annual regional Process Improvement targets.

4.     Effectively prioritizes improvement opportunities across region, working with RVP, to achieve PI targets.

5.     Partners with GM's and Home Office to execute local improvement projects for productivity and accuracy.

6.     Executes on assigned projects utilizing appropriate process improvement methodology(s), Lean Six Sigma tools.

7.     Ensures projects are completed on time and on budget and are aligned with organizational strategic goals clarifying project components as needed. 

8.     As a Change Leader, works with process owners and stakeholders to implement process changes.  Acts as mediator or conflict negotiator on project teams as necessary.

9.     Champions the Six Sigma Lean approaches with teammates, vendors, carriers and suppliers; makes presentations to build support for the program.  

10. Administers/monitors approved accounting practices to ensure financial and operating reports accurately reflect the condition of the business and provide reliable information necessary to control operations. Ensures all practices and procedures comply with audit requirements and meet operational standards.



          Performs additional duties as directed.





1.   Bachelor's Degree in Business, Engineering, Supply Chain or Logistics required, Master's degree preferred.

2.   At least seven years (up to and including) ten years

3.   Certified Lean, Six Sigma or TPS training required.


A.   Strong leadership ability (experienced as a team leader accountable for team progress and results)

B.   Strong analytical and statistical skills; demonstrated critical thinking and problem solving skills

C.   Ability to complete required coursework in Six Sigma and/or Lean methodologies.

D.  Ability to manage large projects; excellent project management and process improvement skills

E.   Strong interpersonal and presentation skills including the ability to interact with company Officers and outside parties, including vendors

F.   Strong verbal and written communication skills

G.  Proven ability to effectively utilize professional staff in the completion of multiple priorities

H.  Ability to meet stringent deadlines and perform under pressure

I.    Ability to motivate and direct the work of others and influence teammates at all levels and in all functions

J.    Ability to influence teammates at all levels and in all functions and effectively drive change throughout assigned areas.


          General office equipment.


1.    Inside working conditions.

2.    No environmental hazards indicated for this classification.


1.   Fingering:   Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.

2.   Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

3.   Sedentary work:  Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

4.   Visual Acuity:  Closely viewing in order to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; inspection involving small defects, small parts and/or operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices; and/or assembly or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.

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