ABS Facilitator (Lean Manufacturing Facilitator)
at Altra Industrial Motion

Date Posted: 6/6/2017

Job Description

Guardian Couplings, a Division of Altra Industrial Motion, is currently seeking an experienced ABS Facilitator for our facility in Michigan City, IN.


This position will lead the site ABS (Altra Business System – our version of lean/TPS) system and will be responsible for providing ABS deployment support to our business unit. This position provides the successful candidate with an excellent opportunity for broad exposure to all aspects of our business and interacts routinely with Altra’s other business units and ABS Leadership teams to drive standardization. Endeavors to meet policy deployment objectives by performing the duties as stated below.


1. Provide guidance to business unit management on ABS deployment efforts.
2. Provide on-going master-level support and guidance to the Business Unit.
3. Act as change agent in challenging existing approaches and performance.
4. Implement ABS principles to improve quality, on-time delivery, and reduce operating costs and inventory.
5. Act as consultant and/or leader for kaizen events as required.
6. Develop and maintain first-rate ABS training materials.
7. Conduct and/or coordinate ABS Orientation/Overview training. 
8. Participate in Altra’s global Kaizen events 
Other duties may be assigned.

Job Requirements


 To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Previous consulting experience and/or experience in a lean manufacturing leadership role. Working knowledge of Six Sigma (6S) techniques. BS degree in accredited engineering, physical sciences, or business program. MBA or MS preferred. Additional requirements include strong analytical, communication and conflict resolution skills as well as the following:

  • 5+ years’ experience required in a manufacturing environment including demonstrated success in implementing Lean/TPS initiatives over a broad spectrum of processes. 
  • Experience in designing and developing Continuous Improvement programs.
  • 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.

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.

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