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Date:  Jul 6, 2024
Location:  Ann Arbor
Company:  Wacker Chemical Corporation
Do you want to take responsibility and make a difference with your work? With your expertise, we can achieve great goals together. We are WACKER - Reliable. Determined. Ambitious. As one of the world's most research-intensive chemical companies, we've been making countless products that are an integral part of your everyday life possible for over 100 years. From vegan food to resource-efficient buildings to solar cells, we develop sustainable solutions that change the future.
To strengthen our team in Ann Arbor,
we are looking for you as a(n) Senior Project Manager, Black Belt.


Our Performance Excellence (PeX) Vision / Mission:

The Performance Excellence team will be the key enabler for the U.S. region operations and functional business units to improve team members business improvement capabilities through world-class training offerings, mentoring and leading initiatives that offer sustainable solutions that positively impact safety, quality, productivity, communications, costs and customer focus while educating, informing, promoting, and embedding a culture of continuous business improvement.


Our team is enhancing team member capability and value creation service offerings to help grow our people and business. We are seeking a Lean Six Sigma professional who is passionate about culture change.


This position will have the opportunity to partner with operations and transactional area teams within the U.S., including our new regional innovation center & HQ to live the PeX Vision.

  • Policy deployment strategic & daily management across entire value-stream
  • Leading & coaching projects and kaizens (regional enterprise and locally scoped) at all organizational levels
  • Classroom & virtual training lead
  • Mentoring Lean Six Sigma candidates
  • Provide ad-hoc tools and techniques advice
  • Enhance current and design new class offerings


The position requires passion for safety & people, proficient PDCA & DMAIC milestone project management experience, effective & compassionate communication abilities at all levels, basic financial knowledge, coaching skills and working on diverse projects.


This key business improvement role will be a catalyst for cultural change across the value-stream to enable new and year-over-year value creation. Strong engagement, collaboration and execution abilities are critical to deploying a sustainable Performance Excellence initiative. Internal relationship building is equally important as technical aptitude.


Essential Functions:

  • Lead regional & local projects and kaizens
  • Mentor Lean Six Sigma candidates
  • Facilitate regional training
    • Six Sigma Yellow, Green, Black Belt & Refresher training
    • Lean training
    • Ad-hoc team support tools & techniques training
  • Develop and continuously improve training materials
  • Other tasks and duties as assigned


Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in engineering, or relate technical or manufacturing field
  • 4-5 years as a Black Belt practitioner with Lean operations (both certifications preferred)
  • 10 years in manufacturing environment, preferably chemical processing
  • 2-3 years' experience with functional area process continuous improvement
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt preferred
  • Travel up to 25%
  • Ability to partner at all levels of the organization
  • "Go to Gemba" mentality to educate, inform and promote change at all levels in the organization
  • Ability to think strategically and execute tactically aligned to the vision
  • Ability to analyze complex & diverse processes and communicate practical & sustainable solutions
  • Ability to financially quantify transactional and operational hard and soft value creation improvements
  • SAP experience preferred but not required
What do we offer?
WACKER is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability. We are innovators, researchers, and pioneers and we believe that our individual differences are our collective strength. We foster an inclusive environment that promotes individuality, celebrates diversity, and builds cohesive teams. Together, we create exceptional value for our employees, our customers, and our communities by creating a culture of inclusion and equity that enables, empowers, and values our diverse contributions. 
WACKER strives to reward its employees in a fair and equitable manner. Our Total Rewards Package considers employee wellbeing and is comprised of compensation, benefits, work-life balance, performance & recognition, and career development.
  • Compensation and Incentive plans
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance effective day 1
  • Paid Time Off in addition to personal days and holidays
  • Paid parental leave
  • Wellbeing fund
  • Flexible hybrid work arrangements
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Career development and advancement opportunities
  • Support for Community Involvement
We are looking forward to your online application at
Reference Code: 27162 
The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job.
A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a green card).
WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

Nearest Major Market: Ann Arbor
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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