Footwear- Lean Implementation Manager
Vietnam, HCM City
Who We Are:
Brooks is a team of passionate people united by a desire to do meaningful work, lead healthy lives and make a difference. We share a focused mission: to inspire everyone to run and be active. That’s it. No distractions—it’s all about the run. Through science, creativity, service, authenticity and connection, we obsess over delivering the best running gear on the planet. We do it our way, with our unique spirit, with a goal of being more relevant to runners than any other brand, day after day and mile after mile. We are determined to innovate, challenging ourselves to lead thought at every turn. Inside these walls and on the roads, tracks and trails, we live and breathe Run Happy, celebrating the positive impact running has on our lives and others. We inject it into all we do because it makes everything better, smarter, more fun and more memorable. Our company culture defines us, bonds us together and creates the conditions for success. It is lived daily as a behavioral expression of our collective set of brand values: Connect with People, Innovate for our Customer, Compete as a Team, Build Trust, Have Fun & Bring Passion, and Be Active. If you’re on our team, it means you’re part of creating something extraordinary. You’re part of Brooks.
As a Lean Implementation Manager you will report to the Sr. Manager of Lean Manufacturing and will be responsible for partnering with factories and Brooks offices in Asia to optimize manufacturing processes, set direction for the future of footwear manufacturing strategy, lead optimization efforts to reduce costs, increase productivity and maintain and improve quality and influence factories to adopt and utilize automation and improved manufacturing techniques. Emphasis is on lean strategy deployment, deployment of lean methodology, change management and problem solving.
Builds strong relationship with various levels of leadership in both Brooks and factories. Implement lean strategy deployment and process improvements within Brooks footwear manufacturing partners.
Facilitate change by influencing people and organizations in a matrixed environment.
Influence factories and offices to review and refine manufacturing processes to ensure efficiency, productivity, quality and cost.
Lead efforts to optimize processes and sub-processes within the manufacturing of footwear.
Support Senior Manager of Lean Manufacturing to drive strategy to identify specific processes and sub-processes to target for optimization and automation efforts.
Collaborate with Development, Commercialization, Production and QA Teams to ensure product and process objectives are aligned.
Influence factories to staff and support optimization and automation efforts.
Identify opportunities for process and product improvement and provide recommendations to Senior Manager of Lean Manufacturing..
Plan and oversee layout of equipment and production facilities within footwear factory to maximize productivity and efficiencies in conjunction with factory leadership.
Oversee cycle time, bottleneck analysis and develop and improve work method.
Evaluate factory efforts to comply with and support optimization and automation efforts and record and report on results. Create and execute plans for improvement when results are not meeting desired outcomes.
Collaborate with Development, Commercialization, Production and QA Teams to ensure product and process objectives are aligned
· Other responsibilities as required.
Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering or 5 years of equivalent experience in the field
5+ years of experience leading lean manufacturing efforts in the manufacturing realm, footwear industry experience preferred
3+ years of direct supervision experience
Experience in VSM’s, rapid Improvement (Kaizen) events, A3 thinking, and managing daily improvement
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, demonstrating effective listening through concise, clear verbal and written communication.
Excellent interpersonal skills that inspire and build trust resulting in effective working relationships across the company
Demonstration of innovation and initiative – always looking at improving our products and processes while also displaying a willingness to dive into the details and help out wherever necessary.
Passionate participation in Brooks’ sports activities a plus, overridden by the ability to understand and empathize with the runner in order to develop loyal, engaging relationships with our customers and the Brooks community.
Embraces and lives the Brooks values
Report to: Sr. Lean Manufacturing Manager
Department: Footwear Sourcing
Position Location: Linh Trung II, Thu Duc, TPHCM, Vietnam
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