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Supplier Continuous Improvement Manager

La-Z-Boy Incorporated • Neosho, MO

Posted 19 days ago

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This position manages and drives the company's Supplier Continuous Improvement program. Leveraging the company’s existing APQP and Lean Production System, this role is responsible to identify and implement Continuous Improvement projects with key suppliers that improve quality and lower the company’s total landed costs for purchased goods and services.

• Develops and implements a comprehensive company-wide continuous improvement program with the supply base, leveraging key elements of the existing Lean Production System.
• Leads Supplier Kaizen events to develop and implement supplier cost reduction projects.
• Acts as project manager for assigned projects/suppliers, using existing LZB project management tools, including management of APQP process for new supplied product and supplier changes.
• Develops and maintains the full business case for cost reduction projects, including all necessary information to accurately describe the extent and cost of the proposed changes.
• Ensures that all elements of the Supplier CI program are in alignment with Divisional and Corporate strategies.
• Supports the promotion and execution of value engineering workshops and brainstorming sessions with key stakeholders to develop a continual stream of Value Analysis/Value Engineering (VA/VE) / cost reduction ideas.
• Drive the adoption of key Lean elements with the supply base, such as 5S, Visual management, Cellular Manufacturing, Kan-ban pull systems, total productive maintenance (TPM), Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED)/quick changeover, and Standard Work.

Supports suppliers across the Enterprise - Branded, England, Casegoods., Thailand, Joybird and other business as required. Global responsibility including travel. Project management of cost reduction projects worth as much as $10 million annually. Suppliers supported with spend of approximately $100 million annually.

• Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business or Supply Chain with 6-8 years of relevant experience, or equivalent.
• Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Kaizen events
• Plan For Every Part (PFEP)
• Value Stream Maps (VSM) and methodologies
• Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP)
• Error Proofing (Poke yoke) methodologies
• Project management
• Up to 60 % travel.

• Master’s degree
• Six-Sigma Black Belt
• Lean or Lean Six Sigma


Office environment with no specific or unusual physical or environmental demands.

Communicate Transparently
Lead the Team
Impact and Influence
Deliver Results
Coach and Develop

OTHER DUTIES: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the incumbent for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Job ID: 1071
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