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Continuous Improvement Coach, Watts Water Technologies, North Andover, MA

The Lean Coach is responsible for training, coaching and directly applying lean tools and principles across an entire Watts site, including all business functions within Watts’ value streams.  This lean leader will work with site leadership, site employees and the CI manager to achieve significant improvements to business processes that are linked to site strategy and focused on the customer, resulting in balanced scorecard improvements.

Principal Responsibilities and Duties

  • Lead standardized CI activities across the site, aligned with the Watts CI business system
  • Act as a change agent, systematically facilitating a CI culture
  • Work with a site-wide lean roadmap aimed at meeting site business goals, including productivity, quality, delivery and customer allegiance
  • Measure and report on site productivity savings to meet AOP goals
  • Train and lead kaizen and lean workshops to site leaders and associates, including VSM, daily management, standard work, problem solving, 3P/layout, cell design, material flow, TPM, SMED, 5S and visual management
  • Identify business opportunities for improvement
  • Identify best practices, and share across the site
  • Participate on CI steering committee
  • Facilitate the use of an ongoing project funnel, being filled from all areas of the business
  • Facilitate the development of a healthy cross-functional group of qualified lean tool experts

Employee Core Competencies
All candidates will be interviewed against our core competencies. If there are additional competencies unique to this position add them from the list found on the Connect Website.

  • Collaborate Across Workgroups
  • Communicate Effectively
  • Deliver High Quality Work
  • Drive for Results
  • Focus on the Customer
  • Initiate Positive Change
  • Action Oriented  

Education, Experience, and Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree; technical engineering discipline
  • Minimum of 2 years participating on lean kaizen, including VSM, daily management, standard work, cell design, material flow, TPM, SMED, 3P/layout, 5S and visual management with demonstrated results
  • Solid lean tool technical skills, project management experience and decision-making capability
  • Minimum of 2 years manufacturing experience in a machining/assembly environment preferred
  • Exposure to multiple business functions, including operations, quality, logistics, finance, sales, customer service, engineering, IT and human resources
  • Experience and working knowledge of a  formal problem-solving methodology
  • Proven track record leading and coaching week-long kaizen teams with an emphasis on execution
  • Ability to influence others with excellent written and verbal communication skills; well respected by leadership and associates
  • Ability to effectively lead and manage change
  • Hands-on approach
  • Advanced computer proficiency in Excel, Word and PowerPoint


  • 0 direct reports
  • Ensure company policies are followed
  • Enforce company safety policies

Physical Requirements
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, talk, and/or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, sit, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include: close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
Work in manufacturing and office environments

Other Job Requirements

  • Travel typically 0 – 10%
  • As required by the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA)

To Apply:
Contact Paul Corbett, Talent Acquisition Consultant
Human Resources
Watts Water Technologies
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 978-689-6283