Xylem Factory Supervisor (Value Stream Leader) in Morton Grove, Illinois

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to developing innovative technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. The Company’s products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services settings. Xylem also provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced infrastructure analytics solutions for water, electric and gas utilities. The Company’s more than 16,500 employees bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on identifying comprehensive, sustainable solutions. Headquartered in Rye Brook, New York with 2017 revenue of $4.7 billion, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands.

The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all – that which occurs in nature. For more information, please visit us at www.xylem.com .

The Role: Xylem seeks to hire a Factory Supervisor for the M&M Mechanical Factory. The ideal candidate will plan, direct and coordinate all activities in a designated manufacturing area to optimize manufacturing goals and objectives of throughput, inventory and operating expense.

Essential Functions:

  • Drives day to day improvements in safety programs with goal of reaching zero recordable injuries along with knowledge of and compliance with OSHA requirements

  • Actively involved in identification of savings/sustainability opportunities

  • Coach, mentor and set expectations for team leader within a specific value stream with the ability to drive organizational change

  • Responsible for meeting customer expectation by achieving high levels of on time delivery performance with low quality rejects, lead customer tours of area

  • Responsible for driving year over year productivity improvement in labor spending and overhead spending by relentlessly focusing on the process. Coordinate equipment reviews and propose investments as needed

  • Strong commitment to documentation for any HR issues

  • Clearly communicates team member performance expectations, measures production hourly in order to identify roadblocks and improvement needs. Addresses poor performers and team development needs, while celebrating successes with the team.

  • Assists with the development and execution of the annual business plan to meet expectation of year of year operational improvements.

  • Able and willing to live Xylem core values on a day to day basis, possess openness and encouragement of improvement ideas

  • Determine manpower requirements to achieve desired customer service and inventory levels

  • Utilizes rough cut capacity planning to ensure proper manning levels and necessary equipment is available and functional

  • Responsible for meeting inventory turn performance goals and adjusting as indicated by results

  • Able to communicate and work with other functional groups (finance, CI, customer service, engineering, human resources, and procurement) in the plant to assure business goals are met. Assists with the development and execution of the annual business plan to meet expectation of year of year operational improvements

  • Ability and knowledge to drive continuous improvements, lean manufacturing and 5”s programs. Conduct Gemba walks to teach and inspect.

Key Competencies:

  • Adaptive learning

  • Continuous improvement mindset

  • Core cross-boundary collaboration

  • Core developing capability (for people manager)

  • Core inspiring accountability

  • Core leading people & teams (for people manager)

  • Cross-boundary/cross cultural communication

  • Customer solution orientation

  • Innovative thinking

  • NDP Methodology stewardship

  • Planning & process orientation

  • Project leadership

  • Solution design

  • System thinking

  • Teamwork

  • Technical-problem solving

  • Inspire Commitment – Very good communicator with team. Willingness to remove boundaries that are in the way of respective team members achieving goals. Able to set challenging, yet achievable goals and hold team members accountable.

  • Lead with Character – Able to respectfully challenge the current state thinking to bring about continuous improvement. Ability to drive team daily to meet the desired plant culture/goals.

  • Deliver Results – Has a deep passion to drive continuous improvement through relentless focus on the process. Utilizes “voice of the customer” as feedback to drive decision making.

  • Create the Future – Able to understand current state of Factory and develop/drive future state. Able to effectively elicit ideas from team about future state opportunities and then drive team towards end goal.

  • Build through Teamwork – Has ability to develop sound relationship with peer group and with other functional groups in the plant.

Key Relationships:

  • External: Contractor, vendors

  • Internal: Union, HR, Operations, Finance, CI, Engineering

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering, Operations, Business or related field required; Advanced degree preferred combined with operational experience

  • Minimum of 10 years manufacturing/production/integrated supply chain experience – with managerial responsibility for these functions on a global basis for at least 5 of those years.

  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills, including ability to effectively coach, motivate, empower, develop and evaluate employees and team leads. Strategic, operational and bottom line focus

  • Strong manufacturing and process background including VBSS, Lean Manufacturing, Voice of the Customer, and related expertise

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively interact with all levels of external and internal customers.

  • Effective verbal/written communication and presentation skills.

  • Strong bias for action, and effective change agent.

  • Proficiency in managing and facilitating teams through problem solving and conflict resolutions.

  • Ability to successfully manage multiple priorities

  • Effective leadership, financial, influencing, communication and presentational skill.

  • Business savvy and cultural/transnational sensitivity

  • Effective Change Agent and Value Added perspective skills.

  • Strong collaborative capabilities.

  • Ability to effectively impact/influence/lead a global functional organization

  • Ability to travel rather extensively while effectively managing/directing ongoing business activities. This requires strong organizational, delegation, communication and related skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experienced in working with union

  • Prior supervisory experience

Physical Demands:

(The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • Light lifting (20-25 lbs.), office environment

  • Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend and move about the facility

  • Ability to work and stand for long periods of time

  • Ability to work in hot/cold conditions

Work Environment:

(The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • Office: Standard office equipment; work usually performed in an office setting free from any disagreeable elements.

  • Standard weekly job hours: 40+ hours

  • Travel: Less than 25%

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