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Business:  Kalmar
Job Function:  HSEQ

Ottawa, KS, US

Lean Senior Coach

Kalmar keeps global trade moving. Our innovative solutions contribute to every fourth container movement in the world and help transform the future of cargo handling. We believe in collaboration, delivering on our promises and that people make the difference.

Purpose of the position

The objective of this role is to act as a Lean expert and to support the establishment of a problem solving and continuous improvement culture in the Kalmar plant through the development of people and processes. The scope of this role covers all functions and processes. The role will report directly to the plant director and be part of the plant leadership team.

Main tasks and responsibilities

•    Coaching CI Activity (Kaizen, Problem solving, …) and the Culture change
•    Coordinate the development the Lean Road Maps for the Plant with the site Management Team
•    Develop the Lean mindset and knowledge through Continuous Improvement Activities
•    Support the Managers to identify opportunities
•    Organize regular Gemba walk with the Management team and Leaders
•    Train Lean tools and Methods according to the needs
•    Develop and maintain new training for future lean manufacturing needs
•    Facilitate the regular Lean governance (Review the Lean plan vs actual)
•    Promote the development of improvements ideas from the shopfloor
•    Support the development/maintenance of the overall Lean system
•    Lead/support strategic/tactical transformation projects that may be both functional and cross functional in nature such as Factory lay out transformations to reach world class levels
•    Promote the sharing and application of best practices across Kalmar and Cargotec through knowledge sharing events 

What you’ll need to succeed

•    A university degree in an Engineering discipline is required.
•    A minimum of 10 years work experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably automotive or logistic working as Lean Coach
•    Demonstrated subject matter expertise and successful transformation in Lean
•    Experience of applying lean in non-manufacturing settings (NPD, Sales, etc) is a plus
•    Ideally, candidate will also have additional experience in other manufacturing roles
•    Hands-on
•    Process & system thinker
•    Energy, drive, determination
•    Results focus
•    Good communicator (Within all levels in the organization)
•    Facilitation skills, able to train others
•    Pragmatic
•    Proactive
•    Collaborator, team player
•    Has a critical eye
•    Seeks the facts through Gemba approach
•    Challenges the status quo 

You will be part of

    Kalmar is part of a global organization with over 12,000 employees worldwide- We have a very talented and diverse workforce focused on equity & inclusion.
    We believe in our people as it is our people who really make the difference. 
    We always work in close collaboration with our customers, deliver on our promises and never walk away no matter how big the challenge. 
    We succeed because we do it together. 
    With us, you will have the opportunity to realize your potential and become an important member of our global team.

Interested to join?

Please submit your resume/CV to be considered!

Kalmar is part of Cargotec

Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to the heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move.


Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2022 totalled approximately EUR 4 billion and it employs around 11,500 people.