Germany, Bopfingen, Adhesive Technologies

Head of Lean & Continuous Improvement (d/m/f)


At Henkel, you can make a difference and craft your career. That’s why you own your projects and take full responsibility from an early stage. Our unique brands in markets around the world open up countless opportunities to follow your convictions and explore new paths. If you have an entrepreneurial mindset that allows you to always think out of the box - take the chance and shape the digital future together with us.


  • Manages all Continuous Improvement (CI) activities and projects in the plant Implements a Continuous Improvement strategy to ensure efficient production and high quality products
  • Delivers against production performance KPIs, budget and projects
  • Sets up and executes development plans for production personnel, esp. regarding CI training; coaches HPS practitioners on HPS deployment
  • Ensures operations processes and solutions are implemented according to global procedures and local regulations
  • Organizes and facilitates improvement workshops; leads the team in the workshop, co-ordinates and follows up on implementation
  • Trains the participants and trainers on the standards and uses them consistently
  • Involves the relevant people and departments to ensure full ownership of the actions and results
  • Manages and oversees the HPS program deployment; develops and manages the HPS capability development program
  • Acts as role model of continuous improvement culture and behaviors
  • Validates and certifies accomplishment of the different capability levels
  • Coaches the use of HPS principles and tools, and the mindset and behaviors required to sustain the HPS program
  • Tracks progress of the master plan and gives appropriate advice and detects possible obstacles


  • Ideally a degree with a focus on industrial engineering or in the areas of production management or related areas
  • At least 5 years of experience in the preparation, implementation, maintenance and implementation of Kaizen workshops on common lean modules, such as value stream analysis, 5S or TPM
  • Strategic thinking and good handling of numbers (ROI / creating business plans)
  • Passion for Lean & Digital Management and Operational Excellence
  • Continuous improvement thinking for short-term short-term goals with the help of the available instruments and capacities
  • Fluent knowledge of German, good knowledge of English
  • Strong communication skills, creativity, Think outside the box mentality, flexibility and strong team spirit
  • Interested in actively helping to shape the long-term lean journey of our plant
JOB ID: 21022516
Contract & Job type: Full Time, Regular
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