Exterran Lean Specialist Leader in Houston, Texas


This role will be responsible and accountable for continuous improvement and efficiencies across the Company’s products, systems, operations and processes in manufacturing. Must be an expert in lean or six sigma methodologies.

Working with the Senior Management Team, develop, set the pace and implement business transformational and continuous improvement strategy with sensitivity towards the organizational structure, culture, people and processes. Outline direction and deployment of the Lean framework to ensure consistent and rigorous application across the business in line with best practices. Responsible for the successful management and implementation of improvement projects/initiatives across the business by developing an enthusiastic, motivated and flexible team and building working relationships ensuring that Health, Safety and Environmental requirements are adhered to.

The candidate will demonstrate knowledge and execution of lean, six sigma and process improvement concepts, approaches and methodologies; and will own the manufacturing organization training, lean tool utilization and implementing lean strategies. Focus on projects / process improvement to ensure that products are manufactured with the appropriate safety, quality, cost and delivered. A strong manufacturing, continuous improvement, and teaming expertise will establish the foundation of this role.

The candidate will also demonstrate leadership in communicating business goals, programs, and processes for an area or business segment. In this role, you will utilize your experience and/or expertise to solve problems, develop and execute objectives for self and others, and effect short-term and long-term business goals.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Strategy and Development - Contribute to the creation and implementation of best practice Lean vision, strategy, policies, processes and procedures to aid and improve operational performance. Contribute to new business initiatives and projects and review and communicate the impact on Lean activities

  • Develop a robust continuous improvement strategy in partnership with the Management Team and key business stakeholders. Implement and support cultural change across the organization and drive business improvement. Provide project management, analytical and research skills and expertise

  • Provide expertise, professional advice and guidance to the business in business improvement, drawing from proven industry practice and methodologies. Report on progress of projects, understanding the risks, dependencies, budgets, resourcing, issues, critical milestones and forthcoming pipeline, and actions necessary to ensure success.

  • Define, develop and publish business improvement process documentation to reflect best practice.

  • Undertake business process analysis, statistical analysis for improvement projects and to support wider change.

  • Drive lean manufacturing activities through the evolution of the Exterran production system at all levels of the organization

  • Demonstrate Leadership in communicating business goals, programs, and processes for an area or business segment

  • Utilize experience or expertise to solve problems, develop and execute objectives for self and others, and have the ability to effect short-term and long-term goals

  • Establish and implement team strategies, programs and practices to achieve world class manufacturing process flow

  • Advice and counsel leaders and teams on issues impacting work in-process flow

  • Create the lean vision and implement the lean strategy to reduce, cost, lead-time and waste at the manufacturing facilities

  • Drive measurable improvements in productivity and product flow

  • Lead action workouts, develop pull systems, train personnel and other activities to achieve a world-class lean process flow

  • Lead manufacturing teams in establishing product flow for plant value streams utilizing visual management tools

  • Encourage use of Lean tools to pull materials from suppliers, through the manufacturing plants

  • Champion change across the organization to foster the growth in Lean

  • Drive engagement with business leaders to collaborate in Lean initiatives that foster goal attainment for current and future business needs

  • Lead multiple projects driven from team engagement and manufacturing sites priorities

  • Bring new ideas, motivation and positive support to all levels of the organization

  • Lead and effectively interface with manufacturing and other support teams to complete projects to meet HSE, production, quality, inventory and cost savings

  • Interface with vendors and internal contacts in an effective manner to ensure that technology and processes are positioned for current and future success

  • Develop value stream maps for the product lines and eliminate process waste through the implementation of lean techniques across the product lines

Required Skills or Tools:

  • Excellent leadership and man- management skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to manage a variety of cross-functional team members.

  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.

  • Excellent organizational and follow-up skills.

  • Competent in problem solving, team building, planning and decision making.

  • Commercially and financially aware

  • Lead, define and develop continuous improvement activities designed to improve performance, such as the planning and running of lean events.

  • Attend various meetings and action/communicate instructions. Produce written reports and make presentations.

  • Undertake continuous training and development.

  • Perform root cause analysis and resolve problems.

  • Identify business improvement opportunities within the organization.

  • Lean Six Sigma Trained

  • Understanding of supply chain processes (plan, source, make deliver).

  • Solid communication and influencing skills; mastery in English and local language.

  • Knowledge and understanding of how to analyze business problems using Advanced Microsoft Office skills (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and statistical analysis.

  • Some project management skills.

Preferred Education/Experience:

  • University degree or equivalent experience; advanced university degree preferred.

  • Requires 5+ years of experience

  • Membership of an industry related professional body would be advantageous.

  • Master Black Belt in Six Sigma or equivalent Lean qualification.

  • Background in manufacturing and/or engineering environments.

  • Background in people management and project

Physical Strain:

  • Must be able to work under pressure

  • Must be able to work with the team in developing improved work processes for the organization

Exterran is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Exterran provides equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local law.