ABS Manager
at Altra Industrial Motion

Date Posted: 6/16/2017

Job Description


This position is part of the corporate ABS (Altra Business System – our version of lean/TPS) organization and will be responsible for providing ABS deployment support to our business units and corporate functions. The role will require significant (~75%) travel which will mostly be within Europe, but will include some international travel (Asia, South America, and the US). The home location for this position is somewhat flexible, but preferably near one of our business units. This position provides the successful candidate with an excellent opportunity for broad exposure to our various businesses and their leadership teams.


  • Provide guidance to business unit management on ABS deployment efforts.

  • Provide master-level support and guidance to business unit ABS Facilitators.

  • Act as change agent in challenging existing approaches and performance.

  • Implement ABS principles to improve quality, on-time delivery, and reduce operating costs and inventory.

  • Act as consultant and/or leader for kaizen events as required.

  • Conduct and/or coordinate ABS training. Assure quality of training conducted by business unit personnel. Conduct “train-the-trainer” sessions as needed.

  • Provide support to corporate VP – Operational Excellence and develop tools, methods, and programs for use across the corporation.

Job Requirements

Required Competencies/Characteristics

  • Deep and broad knowledge of lean/TPS principles and tools.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully implement lean/TPS principles within low volume, high mix manufacturing environments and in office processes.

  • Ability to effectively train and mentor others on lean/TPS principles.

  • Outstanding group facilitation, training, communication and presentation skills.

  • Effective and collaborative problem solving skills.

  • Self-motivation, drive, energy, and resilience.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills: positive, persuasive, motivating.

  • Demonstrated talent for building effective relationships with individuals at all levels in the organization.

  • Strong business acumen and financial analysis skills.

Work Experience/Educational Requirements

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a manufacturing environment.

  • Significant Lean/Toyota Production System implementation experience is essential.

  • Previous consulting experience and/or experience in a manufacturing leadership role considered a plus.

  • Working knowledge of Six Sigma techniques with Black Belt certification considered a plus.

  • BS degree in accredited engineering, physical sciences, or business program.

  • MBA or MS preferred.

Job Snapshot

About Us

Altra Industrial Motion is a leading global supplier of quality power transmission and motion control products. Providing the essential control of equipment speed, torque, positioning, and other functions, Altra products are used in nearly any machine or process involving motion. Our products are sold in over 70 countries in a variety of major industrial markets, including food processing, material handling, packaging machinery, mining, energy, automotive, primary metals, turf and garden and many others.

Altra products are marketed under a variety of well recognized and established manufacturing brand names. Operating independently, each of these companies is committed to the guiding principles of operational excellence, continuous improvement and customer satisfaction.

Our products are frequently used in a wide range of high-volume manufacturing processes, where the reliability and accuracy are critical in both avoiding costly down time and enhancing the overall efficiency of manufacturing operations.

What is a Talent Network?

Joining our Talent Network will enhance your job search and application process. Whether you choose to apply or just leave your information, we look forward to staying connected with you.

Why Join?

  • Receive alerts with new job opportunities that match your interests
  • Share job opportunities with family and friends through social media or email