Continuous Improvement Director

Xylem - Rye Brook, NY (30+ days ago)3.6

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to developing innovative technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. The Company’s products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services settings. Xylem also provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced infrastructure analytics solutions for water, electric and gas utilities. The Company’s more than 16,500 employees bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on identifying comprehensive, sustainable solutions. Headquartered in Rye Brook, New York with 2017 revenue of $4.7 billion, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands.

The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all – that which occurs in nature. For more information, please visit us at

The Role: Xylem seeks to hire a Continuous Improvement Director to take responsibility for the development and the delivery of the Continuous Improvement program and standards across multiple businesses for a defined region (North America).

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:
Develop and implement world class CI learning organizational model in collaboration with business leaders and CI teams
Identify needs and organize CI education program according to CI maturity model
Lead overall CI certification process
Provide and organize, in collaboration with CL leaders, specific coaching and CI development plan for CI team members and business leaders
Support business to hire, identify, recruit CI talent external and internal
Develop, pilot and institutionalize in collaboration with HR and talent development, tomorrow’s leader learning program
Lead international projects
Coordinate external consultancy for specific development program
Work with leaders to establish CI organizational development road map and strategy
Organize and lead CI maturity assessment at site in close collaboration with businesses. Ensure proper follow up on the improvement road map
Define enterprise standards in key focus area with business teams
Identify good practice in the businesses to source our company CI standards
Minimum Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, Abilities, License/Certification:

15+ years’ business experience in global/international company
Bachelor’s Degree
Demonstrated success in leading significant change in large organization
Proven Continuous improvement/lean and six sigma expertise in various business are (manufacturing and transactional area)
Experience of running multiple, large size international projects in different locations
Ability to drive hands on execution in the business and strategic thinking with top leaders
Proficiency in coaching, people development, change management
Proven track record of lean implementation with kaizen event
Subject matter expert for continuous improvement tools and method, both lean and six sigma (5S, standard work, VSM, flow management, pull systems, strategy deployment, A3 thinking, descriptive statistics, SPC, process capability, etc …)
Proven ability to develop influential relationship at multiple levels
Excellent overall business acumen and organizational savvy
Strong verbal and communication skills
Propensity for identifying issues proactively, making decision with incomplete information, and ability to manage ambiguity
Ability to simplify and clarify complex and ambiguous problems
Excellent project management skills
Analytical and process thinking
Rational persuasion
Passion for continuous improvement and change management
Ability to teach and describe excellence
Microsoft Office and function specific software (Visio, Minitab)

Key Relationships:
Internal: CI Leaders , CI teams, business leaders, project sponsors, HR, taent development, ELGs
External: consultant
Other Requirements

Lean Master (required)

Master Black Belt or Black Belt (required)

Travelling expectation:

Time allocation:
50% education, training, assessment

50% projects

English, additional is a plus

Additional Information:
Physical Demands

(The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Light lifting (20-25 lbs.), office environment
Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend and move about the facility

Work Environment

(The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Office: Standard office equipment; work usually performed in an office setting free from any disagreeable elements.
Standard weekly job hours: 40 hours

EOE/Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Disabled