Continuous Improvement Change Leader

Kimberly-Clark Corporation Owensboro, KY
Continuous Improvement Change Leader

Job Description


This role is a fundamental position within the North American CI organization to execute lean transformation and drive business value through CI tools and methodologies across the Owensboro facility. The role will provide leadership, vision, coordination and functional direction to drive and sustain focused improvements in performance utilizing lean techniques and thinking.

ORGANIZATION: People Responsibilities/ reporting line/partnerships

Reporting relationship –

Reports to North America Continuous Improvement Leader

People responsibility –

Leads teams through influence and example. No direct reports.

Partnerships –

Internal to Mill – Mill Management Team, all Mill Associates, Mill Support Functions

External to Mill– Change Leaders across network, supply chain and other cross functional teams within KCP


Leadership commitment and education

Facilitates, promotes and supports lean cultural development, including:

* Executes focused transformations and operational excellence deployment utilizing an extensive playbook of lean tools and methodology

* Coaches and develops teams to use lean techniques and thinking (leader as teacher)

* Uses lean MB&C, MS and OS diagnostic tools to identify full potential opportunities and gap closure plans

* Facilitates the development, introduction and tracking of standard work for leaders within focus area

* Teaches others to create and use lean standards

* Implement activities, standards and improvements that build rapport throughout change team

* Provides coaching through problem solving activities to address ongoing barriers to delivery

* Identify capability gaps and prioritize activities to address these gaps

* Provide training to close the lean capability gaps within the change team

* Advocates value stream thinking through teaching and coaching mill teams in subject matter

Strategy development and delivery of breakthrough areas

Supports the strategy deployment process within the Mill to support KCP True North, including -

* Works with mill leadership to support strategy deployment process, including CI 3 year roadmap

* Champions problem solving processes (e.g. Kaizen) within the Mill to engage associates

* Supports linkage of CI priorities and methodologies directly to facility results

* Proactively recommends business solutions through the lens of CI and can articulate how continuous improvement tools and processes can drive business value

Focused Frontline Activities

Develops, facilitates and manages transformational improvement and operational excellence plans for focused assets/areas including –

* Executes the transformation standard across mills, supply chain, and business groups as identified by transformation and operational excellence agenda

* Manages the introduction of tools and processes to support the transformation, as countermeasure to an identified problem

* Facilitate kaizen events within the organization and provides coaching to others learning kaizen process

* Analyzes value stream opportunities and drives improvements across end to end supply chain

* Ensures existing activities are interlinked to provide a coherent framework to department objectives and goals

Communication, Performance Measurement and Systems

Develops and manages systems and processes to ensure compliance with Plan, Do, Check, and Adjust processes within the Mill, including –

* Provides mechanism to track and report scorecard of Operational Excellence transformation measures through weekly/month accountability

* Ensures all barriers to the acceleration change plan are identified and problem solved to achieve delivery of the implementation plan

* Supports the internal governance / PDCA processes

* Assist in prioritization of workload across mill in problem solving

* Supports the introduction of management processes to ensure sustainability

* Provides clear communication of the acceleration change plans

Personal obligations

* Provides an environment in which safety is a known value and leadership responsibilities for loss prevention and control are embraced. Fully complies with corporate policies and government safety and health regulations

* Builds trust with facility population through direct engagement, problem solving, and building relationships

* Provides documentation and record keeping in support of measuring results and historical reference

* Communicates fully with superiors, subordinates, and others who need to know. Communicates in a way that is timely, concise, and clear.

* Contributes to an environment in which team members are respected regardless of individual differences and are motivated to improve their individual and team contributions to achieve desired business results.


Education required/ preferred:

Bachelor's Degree (ideally identified as high potential)

Previous exposure to lean principles and methodologies



Facilitation skills

Influencing skills to encourage cross functional working

Ability to constructively challenge

Ability to think both strategically and tactically

Networking skills - Internally and externally

Excellent Communication skills (written and verbal)

Personal and systems organizational skills

System thinker (ability to understand process flows, etc)

Credibility and respect at all levels of the Mill

Comfortable going to the problem (floor)

Ability to engage people and bring them with them


This position will be an integral part of the Owensboro Mill team, but will report to the regional CI leader. This position will provide dedicated lean support to the facility and other mills as needed.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Normal office conditions/ % travel etc

This position will be mill based with the incumbent traveling up to 15% of the time. Normal scheduled hours will vary based on the need to interact with operating teams. Some shift work could be required.

Kimberly-Clark and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people - nearly a quarter of the world's population - trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene, and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex, and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds No.1 or No. 2 share positions in more than 80 countries. With more than 140 years of history of innovation, we believe in recruiting the best people and empowering them do their best work. If fresh thinking and a passion to win inspire you, come Unleash Your Power at Kimberly-Clark.

Kimberly-Clark is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position

K-C requires that an employee have authorization to work in the country in which the role is based. In the event an applicant does not have current work authorization, K-C will determine, in its sole discretion, whether to sponsor an individual for work authorization.

Global VISA and Relocation Specifications:

Primary LocationUSA-KY-Owensboro

Additional Locations

Worker TypeEmployee

Worker Sub-TypeRegular

Time TypeFull time