Lean Manager

stow is a global market leader in industrial storage solutions. Headquartered in Belgium, stow employs ca 2,000 ‘Rack Stars’ across Europe and the US. The group has a pan-European production footprint with 10 production facilities and a global commercial network.


, Belgium

Job Description

In this international role you will manage the “(SPS) = stow Performance System-approach” (a managerial approach centered on all employees who are trained, trusted, empowered and supported to continuously improve performance, by making process more reliable and leaner) mainly in the manufacturing of stow Group. You will have tactical responsibility for training and coaching on this approach and ensuring that the results are captured, that the changes are owned by the plants, and that the changes are sustained. You will also lead knowledge transfer to all participants, across the stow plants. Your main tasks:

  • Work with production teams on the shop floor to execute improvement projects (production teams are working in shifts, incl: night and weekend)
  • Follow up on KPIs and measure progress vs the objectives
  • Develop a Stow Performance System (SPS) standardizing and sustaining all tools, procedures, management systems, etc… resulting from improvement projects
  • Provide training to manufacturing engineers, supervisors and operators, etc (approach is train the trainer)
  • Acting as coach for manufacturing engineers, supervisors and operators, etc…
  • Challenge the status quo where appropriate
  • Share (and seek) ideas across boundaries from observations on the floor and rigorous data analysis
  • Lead transversal communities on (SPS)
  • Organize internal and external benchmark visits


Your profile:

  • You have a degree in engineering
  • You have 5+ years of experience in operations management, production management, operational excellence or related fields and proven experience with driving OEE improvements
  • Knowledge of and be passionned on Lean / Six Sigma concepts (SMED, 5S, etc…) or similar methodologies
  • Practical certified Black Belt is a plus
  • Excellence analytical skills required
  • Open to travel up to 50 %
  • Great communication skills with experience in driving and implementing change on the floor
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment with people at all levels in an organization
  • Excellent communication skills in English (oral and written) and French. Dutch and/or German are a plus

Additional information

We offer:

  • Group & hospitality insurance
  • Meal vouchers (€ 8/day)
  • Fresh meals at our re[stow]rant
  • 12 days ADV
  • CAO 90 bonus
  • Possibility to work from home 1 day/week after training
  • Working closely together with other Rack Stars in an open and enthusiastic culture
  • An attractive salary based in an international environment