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Lean CI Supervisor


Bishopville, SC, US, 29010

Job ID:  47687
Estimated Travel:  0 - 25%
Contract Type:  Employee
Talent Area:  Manufacturing

Primary Purpose:

To drive creation and execution of plant continuous improvement initiatives, delivering short and long-term improvement results for all business objectives, including safety, quality, and productivity. Success is measured by the leader’s ability to develop a continuous improvement culture by actively educating and engaging teams to achieve tangible results utilizing structured Lean and Six Sigma tools within the DMAIC method.  The position champions the use of continuous improvement and problem-solving tools to meet financial goals. This person is the mentor and change agent for developing a continuous and quality improvement culture across all plant levels and all departments.

Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Train, coach, support, and lead all levels of the plant in the effective implementation and use of Lean and Six Sigma continuous improvement tools and methods which include:
    • Plant Performance Workshops
    • Kaizen’s, Workshops, Classroom Training
    • Certifications
    • Continuous Improvement Steering Committees, and Teams
    • Audits, and facilitation of audit gap closing plan
    • Scorecards: Development, maintenance, reporting, improvement
    • Creation and improvements to Standard Work, SOP’s, Training materials, etc.
  • Engaging Team Members and process owners as the primary input source for all plant continuous improvement activities
  • Create and maintain continuous improvement culture by developing, implementing, and supporting daily CI methods within all levels and all departments of the plant
  • Facilitate the problem-solving process on all plant accidents, and safety continuous improvement efforts
  • Along with the Plant Manager, responsible for driving and facilitating plant Lean Six Sigma deployment progress and continuous improvement through the plant LSS Tool Champions (5S, TPM, SMED, Six Sigma, Culture) as measured by the LSS Audit.
  • Along with LSS Champion and Plant Manager, create an annual, and 3-5 year Plant Continuous Improvement Strategic Plan consistent with the LSS Audit (5S, TPM, SMED, Six Sigma, and Culture). Execute the Continuous Improvement Strategic Plan
  • Ensure all projects align with business objectives, and KPI’s
  • Support and mentor project team leaders and their project teams
  • Monthly monitoring, tracking, and reporting progress on all Lean initiatives, and Six Sigma projects
  • Mentor plant leadership teams in implementing a focused CI culture that drives waste elimination and a relentless focus on customer needs.
  • Challenge the status quo and be a change agent for the business.
  • Mentor Plant leadership team members to ensure they possess the skills and capabilities to drive for results, and to ensure that CI / Lean thinking and customer focus is applied to all business decisions
  • Ensure Plant has current and future state Value Stream Maps to drive transformation and an enterprise view of waste elimination. Create an annual VSM review.
  • Train all levels of leadership teams on CI / Lean tools, processes, systems, and culture.
  • Ensure that standard operating procedures exist to meet both the short term and long-term needs of the business
  • Support and help lead plant production schedule and supply chain optimization, through the elimination of waste, unevenness, and overburden
  • Assist with specific and focused projects in the plant/region/business unit where required.
  • Utilize the DMAIC to drive manufacturing excellence and continuous improvement in all key processes

Direct Reports: None.



  • A self-starting, self-motivated, leader with highly developed interpersonal skills and excellent written and oral communication skills are/is vital to the position
  • Previous supervisory experience strongly preferred
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills, with familiarity with statistical analysis (e.g. Minitab)
  • Continuous Improvement experience
  • Practical knowledge and/or experience of implementing Lean and/or Six Sigma
  • Must possess the ability to work and blend well with all levels of the organization and have the ability to influence & persuade key stakeholders, while constructively dealing with conflicts
  • Program and project management experience
  • Trainer and facilitation experience: classroom, workshop, kaizen, OTJ
  • Ability to work and collaborate with others, to consider the needs of all affected groups, and to build/leverage relationships across functions and within the organization to achieve business results. Decisive yet collaborative leadership style.
  • Ability to travel up to 20% is required


Education, Training, & Experience:

  • Associate Degree or Technical Apprenticeship Certification; Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Business Management preferred.
  • Minimum 2-3 years of Manufacturing required
  • Lean and/or Six Sigma Green Belt certification required
  • Experience leading and managing Plant SQF, ISO and Environmental programs preferred
  • Strong PowerPoint, Word, Excel skills


Ardagh Group is a global leader in metal and glass packaging solutions, producing packaging for the world’s leading brands. We trace our roots all the way back to the Irish Glass Bottle Company, founded in 1932. Since then, we have grown rapidly to a team of more than 16,000 people with yearly revenues of approximately $7 billion. Today, we have a presence across Europe and the Americas.

Did you know….

  • Ardagh produces many of the beverage cans and bottles you drink your favorite beverages from?
  • Metal and glass packaging we produce are permanent materials, meaning they can be infinitely recycled without any loss of quality?
  • We produce more than 160 million containers per day across the country?
  • Ardagh Metal Beverage North America produces more than 15 billion cans and can ends annually?
  • Approximately 75% of aluminum ever produced is still in use today?
  • Aluminum cans, with 73%, have the highest recycled content among all beverage containers?

Ardagh is passionate about sustainability and has a reputation for innovation. We push the boundaries of what’s possible, pioneering new production methods, new design techniques and new ways to recycle and save energy. Our aim is to reduce any negative environmental impact while remaining economically sustainable and socially responsible.

Ardagh Group North America has been and will continue to be an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breast feeding, and related conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, creed, religion (including religious dress and grooming), color, national origin, ancestry (including association, affiliation, or participation with persons or activities related to national origin, English-proficiency or accent, or immigration status), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital or domestic partner status, age, veteran or military status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. Discrimination against any employee or applicant based on any of these factors is prohibited.

For more information on Ardagh Group, visit

Nearest Major Market: Columbia
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina