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Valmont Industries, Inc. Lean Excellence Manager in Tulsa, Oklahoma

801 N Xanthus Tulsa Oklahoma 74110-4949

Why Valmont

We’re Here to Move the World Forward.

Valmont impacts millions of people around the world every day, yet they might not realize the many ways. Our technology is helping feed the growing population, supplying the world with more reliable energy and access to renewables, enhancing connectivity in remote and urban locations to create a sustainable future and so much more. Simply put, Valmont is advancing agricultural productivity and reimagining vital infrastructure to make life better.

Join a Fortune 1000 company that respects hard work, honors diversity and invests in our employees as we focus on creating the world of tomorrow, today. We are the modern workforce . Are you ready to move the world forward? Apply now.

A Brief Summary of This Position:

This position is a Strategic Site Leader. The incumbent will be responsible for institutionalizing a Lean Culture. This indirect leadership position is responsible for assisting in the Lean transformation for Oklahoma Operations through influence and relationship, as directed by the Senior Plant Manager. The incumbent will coach and train, managers, supervisors and office and shop floor team members in the applications of Lean tools and processes including Kaizen events and key metrics associated with ongoing Lean improvement. The incumbent will drive the Lean journey by implementing and utilizing Lean Principles and Methodologies. The role of the site Lean Excellence Manager is to champion the use of effective tools to improve operations, measure success and deliver ever-improving results. This position will build strong relationships throughout the organization to establish trust and credibility in the methodologies of Lean.

Essential Functions:

  • Identify, prioritize, and facilitate the execution of a Site Transformation Plan through: Value Stream Mapping, Critical KPI’s, our Lean Assessment Tool, and Strategy Deployment.

  • Must have strong data analytical skills to pull information out of systems

  • Drive the strategic vision within the business

  • Identify improvement opportunity participants

  • Provide relevant training and execution leadership

  • Lead, facilitate, and identify ownership of action plans for improvement opportunity events

  • Ensure sustainment of improvement opportunity events

  • Provide specified communication (including visual management) throughout the improvement opportunity events

  • Assist and facilitate the utilization of solid problem solving methodology to assist in action item generation for strategy deployment targets

  • SQDC to Valmont Standards

  • Mentor Lean certification 3A participants through their required Lean events

  • Assist in the execution and evaluation of the Lean assessment

  • Schedule, support, and summarize/report the Lean Steering Committee meetings

  • Identify barriers to achieving results and provide direct communicate to leadership

  • Implement an operations wide 5S program

  • Facilitate the celebration and communication of successful improvement opportunities

Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Preferred Bachelors with 6+ years relevant experience or Associates Degree with 8+ years relevant experience or 10+ years of relevant experience

  • Preferred facilitation/coaching experience at TPM events, Standard Work Events, SMED events, RCA’s manufacturing and administrative value stream improvement projects

  • A solid understanding of Lean principles and methodology

  • A professional Lean Certification and commitment to continuous Lean learning

  • Demonstrated experience effectively managing others while facilitating and delivering results to a business

  • Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, Share Point, Internet Explorer

  • Effective facilitation skill set for interaction with all levels of the organization

  • Strong bias for Action

  • Data Driven decision making

  • Respectfully challenges the status quo

  • Other professional job duties as required

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree

  • Connection or work with Shingo

Working Environment and Physical Efforts:

Work is performed in a factory setting, with most of the time being spent moving around different areas of manufacturing and shipping areas. The incumbent is regularly required to sit, stand, and walk for extended periods of time, as well as talk and listen on the phone and in personal conversations or meetings. This position will be exposed to all hazards located at manufacturing sites including noise, fumes, excessive heat/cold, dust, welding arc, all chemicals associated with the manufacturing areas, fire, smoke, unstable debris and confined spaces. Environment is fast-paced and demanding most of the time. This position will require long days to support the Lean initiative for a multi-site, four shift, seven day a week operation.

The employee is frequently required to use hands to fingers, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms while working in the office with various files and forms and while working on the computer. Incumbent must utilize proper ergonomic safeguards such as monitor height and positions, keyboard location and height and proper wrist rests. The incumbent must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds in working with large files, binders, computer equipment and shop equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.


Valmont offers employees and their families a comprehensive Total Wellbeing benefit package to ensure their individual and family’s overall wellness needs are met. Some offerings are dependent upon the role, work schedule, or location and can include the following:

  • Healthcare (medical, prescription drugs, dental and vision)

  • 401k retirement plan with company match

  • Paid time off

  • Employer paid life insurance

  • Employer paid short-term and long-term disability including maternity leave

  • Work Life Support

  • Tuition Reimbursement up to $5,250 per year

  • Voluntary programs like tobacco cessation, Type 2 diabetes reversal, one-on-one health coaching, mortgage services and more

Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Valmont is here to modernize vital infrastructure and increase agricultural productivity, sustainably and reliably. We galvanize steel to last a century with minimal environmental impact. We modernize irrigation to feed a growing population by utilizing the latest technology. We harden the electrical grid to enable the delivery of reliable power to millions of homes around the world. And we help make communities everywhere safer, cleaner and more connected through our smart infrastructure technology.

Valmont serves two primary markets — agriculture and infrastructure — and seven diverse product lines: Utility, Lighting and Transportation, Telecom, Solar, Coatings, Irrigation and Ag Tech. We manufacture products in 85 facilities spread across six continents, and we do business in 100 different countries.

That’s what Valmont does. We conserve resources and improve life, finding ways to make innovation and technology beneficial in the real world.

  • That’s the value we add.