Lean Coach

Wabtec Corporation

Grove City, PA


Position summary

Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company’s new website at: http://www.WabtecCorp.com.

It’s not just about your career… or your job title…it’s about who you are and the impact you are going to make on the world. Do you want to go into uncharted waters…do things that haven’t been done to make yours and someone else's life better? Wabtec has been doing that for decades and we will continue to do so! Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, Wabtec delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

Value Stream Coach – Job Description

Role Summary/Purpose

The Value Stream Coach will have dual reporting thru OpEx and site leadership.  The VS Coach is responsible for not only driving the lean transformation but installing standards to sustain the process improvements.  Working with leadership to develop the lean capabilities for everyone in the value stream.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Coach and Develop the full time Lean team to grow their lean knowledge and execution capabilities.  Mentor them to be true agents of change, improving their change management capabilities and ensure rigor around conducting the kaizen events.
  • Create the lean vision and continuous improvement strategy to advance the customer experience through improved cycle time, on-time delivery, and ensure all other customer critical to quality areas are at the forefront of the strategy.
  • Change agent responsible for delivering performance excellence through execution of lean initiatives and providing thoughtful coaching of the functional standard work and problem solving.
  • Be comfortable coaching leaders in lean methodology and principles, Hoshin Kanri (Policy Deployment), problem solving, etc.  Strong communication is a must.
  • Ensure compliance with standard processes and tools, supports the value stream team to develop and follow their personal standard work (leaders and associates), yielding a culture of system, process and behavior discipline to get results.
  • Coach all plant operations through lean process and behavior changes, developing a highly effective Daily Management process focused on tools such as basic problem solving, kaizen, A3 thinking, value stream mapping, kanban, visual management, pull, creation of flow and adherence to standard work
  • Implement and help improve the Business Operating System known as the Wabtec Management System
  • Ability to teach and develop team on quick improvement cycles; these quick developmental opportunities will build team confidence; in turn this will give us the ability to drastically increase our velocity of change.

Qualifications / Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college
  • Minimum of 10 additional years of experience leading teams in a lean transformation(s) where both lean leadership and change management up, across, and down through the organization was demonstrated.  Previous Plant Manager experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated a deep faith in Toyota Production System (TPS) principles of servant leadership, connecting to the customer(s), building capability from the worker performing standard work and through the organization, and problem solving with the customer and worker always top of mind.   
  • Experience implementing and developing teams to implement pull systems
  • History of leadership thru influence, coaching, mentoring and teaching.  Ability to foster lean development with a “hands on” and showing by doing approach.  This is critical in the development of our value stream teams.

Desired Characteristics

  • Deep faith in lean and its principles with a proven track record leading in a TPS type transformation and business operating system transformation…. much beyond a lean-six sigma tool type continuous improvement initiative.  A lean zealot.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, demonstrated interpersonal and leadership skills 
  • Clear thinker, able to analyze and resolve complex problems
  • Demonstrated ability to lead programs / projects ensuring buy-in from key stakeholders in a matrix environment at all levels.
  • Established project management skills, experience documenting, planning, and stabilizing programs 
  • Ability to work effectively across functions; extensive experience leading cross-functional or geographically dispersed teams, proven mentoring and coaching abilities, ability to motivate & inspire others

Wabtec Corporation is committed to taking on the world’s toughest challenges. In order to fulfill that commitment we rely on a culture of leadership, diversity and inclusiveness. We aim to employ the world’s brightest minds to help us create a limitless source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles…people like you! Wabtec Corporation is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or expression, or protected Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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About the company

Industry: Industrial: Equipment Manufacturing

At Wabtec, we are in the business of realizing potential. Our employees are the architects of the future. Go just about anywhere and you’ll find us. If you want to move and improve the world, start here.