The Senior Director, Value Stream Leader (VSL) will provide leadership to drive step change productivity improvement and to drive the delivery of annual cost savings objectives across the overall supply chain network. Specifically, this leader will be responsible for creating a lean and efficient supply chain network by introducing industry proven Lean management tools and implementing a standard playbook for the organization. Ultimately, the Senior Director, Value Stream Leader will develop and deploy procedures focused on integrating Lean Six Sigma (LSS) into our supply chain. The Senior Director, VSL will drive cost productivity improvement and waste elimination across the enterprise. Additionally, the Senior Director, VSL will support the achievement a low cost and best in class position within the industry. The VSL will drive improvement across our Supply Chain network to meet a standard of operational excellence.
This improvement will include the application of proven tools for continuous improvement, establishing standard operating procedures, a LSS playbook with standard practices and the attainment of the annual productivity goals. Additionally, this role will coach the plant and logistics LSS Leads to much greater levels of capability, sophistication, and performance. Key focus areas for improvement will be cost savings identification through Value Stream Mapping (VSM), pipeline build, productivity delivery, waste identification, cost reduction, loss/downtime reduction and OEE attainment.
This position is a member of the Operational Excellence team. Direct reports include the following:
SUPPLY CHAIN DESCRIPTION
Products are manufactured and distributed by 68 company owned plants and over 400 warehouses/branches with an average of 5,000 routes per day covering three regions (North, South, West). Dean supply chain has an employee population totaling more than 15,000 associates for all personnel.
The Senior Director, Value Stream Leader will have 15+ years of operational/manufacturing experience and at least two years of Director level experience. Food industry experience is not mandatory but highly desired. A high energy, creative approach to problems will require an executive who is highly intelligent, analytical, financial, a quick study, and a team player with strong leadership skills. Current responsibility for leading a Lean methodologies, continuous improvement and operations excellence supporting a large plant network is required.
Proven experience in applying sophisticated continuous improvement and lean six-sigma practices is the fundamental prerequisite for the job, as is experience in optimizing production efficiency and reducing manufacturing and logistics cost. The individual must have experience in implementing such management practices or raising their level of utilization as opposed to simply operating an existing process. The individual will have had experience in a large company with a reputation for strict cost management.
Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business administration, operations management, or a related field. A graduate-level degree in manufacturing, operations management, engineering is desirable but not required.
The Senior Director, Value Stream Leader – will have the following characteristics: