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Manufacturing Lean Specialist

Location US-IL-Sauget


Serve as an integral team member which provides resources to implement lean manufacturing tools, including tiered communications, standard work, and leader standard work, across all manufacturing units at all sites as well as across support groups, such as maintenance, quality control, EHS and logistics. 


Work on a team deploying lean manufacturing.

Participate in preparing and communicating project status reports that monitor status against the agreed upon project commitments.

Ensure that project goals support the business case and effectively manage leadership expectations.


Identify and implement changes to existing systems and process to reduce costs associated with manufacturing.

Recognize and facilitate business process improvements and consensus building activities.


Work toward standardization of quality, manufacturing, and maintenance practices across plants.


Coach & mentor others to become lean project leaders and practitioners.


Actively raise and resolve barriers to change with the site or functional leadership.


  • 5+ years relevant work experience preferred; self-starting recent college graduates will be given consideration


  • BS degree in a technical field
  • Experience in a chemical manufacturing environment
  • Union workforce experience preferred


    • Passionate about continuous improvement
    • Self-starter
    • Project management skills
    • Effective leadership skills and the ability to work productively in a cross functional team environment
    • Influencing, negotiating and diplomacy skills
    • Strong analytical skills
    • Ability to effectively solve problems and resolve conflicts
    • Effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
    • Able to coach and mentor leadership in accountability
    • Able to travel as required
    • Microsoft Office Suite Capability & Competence


    • Analysis and Problem Solving-Solves difficult problems with effective solutions; asks good questions and probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see underlying or hidden problems and patterns; utilizes all appropriate tools to reach a robust answer.
    • Communication-The ability to communicate information clearly and succinctly and ultimately in an engaging and compelling manner. 
    • Coaching-The ability to provide the structure, environment and support for teaching, training and development of individuals and teams to enable them to achieve specific personal or professional results or goals.
    • Performance Bias-Possessing the drive and focus to achieve challenging goals, moving from thought and problem solving into value creation.
    • Collaboration and Networking-The ability to work in and across Afton's organizational matrix to achieve business objectives via engaging and rewarding interactions.  Through this network, provide support and exert influence and drive.  Influencing without authority.
    • Project Management-The ability to manage tasks and activities and drive their completion within the agreed framework, across regional and organizational boundaries.
    • Innovation-The openness to new ideas and the ability to generate breakout solutions.  Can develop, seek out, critically assess and drive towards implementation new and value adding concepts.
    • Dealing with Ambiguity-Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; is not upset when things are up in the air; does not have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty
    • Responsible Care; EHS Management-Employ equipment, practices, and procedures which promote a healthy, safe, and secure work environment.
    • Process Safety Management-Working knowledge of OSHA 1910 standard for Process Safety Management.

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the individual’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a military veteran or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


Afton Chemical supports global operations through its corporate headquarters in Richmond, Virginia, and operates globally through local offices, research facilities and manufacturing plants strategically located throughout the world.

We offer competitive pay, excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401K matching contributions, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, and a casual working environment.


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