Kongsberg Automotive provides world class products to the global vehicle industry. Our products enhance the driving experience, making it safer, more comfortable and sustainable. With revenues of about EUR 1.2 billion and 10.000 employees in 18 countries, Kongsberg Automotive is truly a global supplier. The company is headquartered in Switzerland and has 30 production facilities worldwide. The product portfolio includes seat comfort systems, driver and motion control systems, couplings and fluid assemblies, as well as driver interface products developed for global vehicle manufacturers.

Raufoss Couplings is a part of Specialty Products business area and specialized in the development, manufacture and delivery of compressed air couplings for brake systems.

Anne Palmgren
070-712 72 22

We are looking for a person with knowledge and experience with several techniques; Lean, Six Sigma, 5S, Heijunka, Jidoka, Kaizen just to mention some, for the position

Global Continuous Improvement Manager

The BU Couplings of Kongsberg Automotive wishes to strengthen its global Operations team in the Raufoss location. The position is dedicated to KA´s Continuous Improvement Program.

We are seeking a person dedicated to lead and coach continuous improvements activities, streamlining processes and mentoring/training to all levels of the organization. Starting from the Raufoss plant (lead plant of the BU Couplings), the person will transfer and coordinate BU´s Continuous improvement strategy in the other BU locations. Other locations include Cluses France, Wuxi China and Willys Texas.

• Support, coach, implement and deploy the BU Couplings lean strategy. Support effective and consistent Policy Deployment by cascading Corporate and Business Unit objectives.
• Support&Develop training standards for organization, to ensure One-KA approach. Ensure one common standard for processes and efficient deployment throughout the business area.
• Provide leadership/mentoring/training to all levels of the organization on the use and practice of C.I. methodology and tools.
• Drive Lean and DFM requirements for new product introductions.
• Develop infrastructure tools and supporting materials, including training to support the Kongsberg’s C.I. initiatives. Conduct workshops and other training programs that foster the cross functional deployment of Continuous Improvement Methodology.
• Mentor Engineering and Manufacturing Project Leaders and cross functional Team members.
• Act as a key driver of change within the business, supporting management/cross functional decisions by communicating the enterprise-wide changes to employees (and other stake holders such as suppliers) and helping them to learn, understand, adjust and grow with the business’s transformation.
• Work with all elements of the business to integrate C.I. to include engineering, new product development, supply chain, inventory management and production control. Build bridges within and across the Company’s divisional and functional organisations.

This position reports to Plant Manager and functionally to the BU director of operations.
Workplace: Plant Raufoss, Norway.

• Technical Engineer BSc/MSc and/or relevant practical experience.
• Experience within Continuous Improvement in manufacturing industry, preferably automotive.
• Knowledge of and experience with relevant tools and techniques; Lean, Six Sigma, 5S, visual controls, standardized work, VSM & A3, Heijunka, Jidoka, Kaizen, DoE, DMAIC, DFSS, root cause analysis
• A bonus is if you hold at least one Six Sigma degree; Green Belt, Black Belt etc
• Ability to work independently and pro-active within your responsibilities.
• High degree of personal integrity and confidence
• Good communication skills
• Facilitation skills with a high focus on solutions
• Have a good command of written and spoken English in addition to a Scandinavian language.

Recruitment is handled in cooperation with Finnveden Executive AB. For further information regarding this position, you are most welcome to contact our Senior Recruitment Consultant Anne Palmgren on mobile +46 707 127222. Since the selection is ongoing, we want your application as soon as possible. The application is sent via Finnveden Executives website, http://www.finnvedenexecutive.se

You are most welcome with your application!

Anne Palmgren
070-712 72 22