Axalta Coating Systems

Six Sigma Lean Advisor

Job Locations US-VA-Front Royal
Posted Date 2 months ago(2/23/2021 11:26 PM)
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Manufacturing/Operations/Supply Chain


Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. ("Axalta," or the "Company"), is a leading global manufacturer, marketer and distributor of high-performance coatings systems.  With over a 150-year heritage in the coatings industry, Axalta is known for manufacturing high-quality products with well-recognized brands supported by market-leading technology and customer service.

Over the course of the Company's history, Axalta has remained at the forefront of the industry by continually developing innovative coatings technologies designed to enhance the performance and appearance of customers' products, while improving the customer's productivity and profitability. Axalta's diverse global footprint of 50 manufacturing facilities, four technology centers, 47 customer training centers and more than 14,000 team members allows the Company to meet the needs of customers in over 130 countries. Axalta serves its customer base through an extensive sales force and technical support organization, as well as through approximately 4,000 independent, locally-based distributors. The Company's scale and strong local presence are critical to its success, allowing leverage of the technology portfolio and customer relationships globally while meeting customer demands locally.

Axalta operates its business in two operating segments: Performance Coatings and Transportation Coatings, serving four end markets, including:  Refinish, Industrial, Light Vehicle and Commercial Vehicle, across the following four regions: North America, EMEA, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.


Primary Responsibilities


The Six Sigma Lean Advisor will support improvements to  business performance using continuous improvement tools and Lean methodologies across multiple units and functions.  The Six Sigma Lean Advisor will properly manage the current and future operations capability in Axalta North America versus the known customer demand and product portfolio and insure that there is adequater capacity and capability to support the business plan. 

This role entails the following skill sets:

1.Using a capacity model to assess the current utilization of capacity and identify potential gaps that can affect the overall service and delivery to our customers.

2.Developing a capacity model as needed to address voids in the current model

3.Interacting with Product Managers, Operations, Supply Chain, and Demand Management to develop the best data and determine plans and outcomes to address the identified gaps.

4.Extracting data from Enterprise systems (SAP) and formula systems (TIPS) as inputs to the capacity model. 

5.Leading cross functional teams that execute product transitions from site to site in order to address capability gaps.

6.Navigating complex product portfolios consisting of several thousand SKUs and product formulations.  Can characterize portfolios by Product Family and relate these to Process equipment. 

7.Comfortable with “best available data” to make decisions – can operate with “directionally correct” data and forecasts. 

8.Working with discounted cashflow analysis to develop economics for proposals. 

9.Estimating cycle times and labor requirements using production data sources for groups of products. 

Minimum Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree required in the field of Industrial, Chemical or Manufacturing.
  • Minimum 5+ years’ work experience (at least 2 years with Process Improvement project leadership).
  • Successful completion of background check, physical and drug screening is required
  • Supply Chain, Logistics, and/or Quality work experience(s) strongly preferred.
  • Lean Certification highly desired.
  • Demonstrated team leadership experience, serving as a change agent to drive continuous improvement
  • Demonstrated collabrating across multie business units.
  • Prior experience effectively leading change, building, and implementing multi-site improvement plans.
  • Capability to perform basic statistical analysis 
  • SAP knowledge a plus
  • Experience with facilitating Lean training events or Kaizen events.
  • Demonstrated Lean project experience. 
  • Ability to travel domestically (20%+).


Please note that Axalta Coating Systems will not accept any candidate profiles sent unrequested and unsolicited by recruiting agencies. Axalta Coating Systems collaborates with preferred providers based on framework agreements and will not pay any fees to recruiting agencies without an agreement. Should Axalta Coating Systems receive a candidate profile form a recruiting agency with which there is no framework agreement, and should the respective candidate be considered or hire, this will not entitle the recruiting agency to claim payment or fees.



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