Project Manager

Plexus   •  

Neenah, WI

Industry: Electronics


5 - 7 years

Posted 370 days ago

Job Description

Are you looking to join an organization that embraces continuous improvement through innovation and strategic planning? Are you someone that is detail oriented and has strong organizational and communication skills? If so, please consider our Project Manager role!

The Continuous Improvement Project Manager is responsible for driving corporate service center lean initiatives to completion through the management of project management activities.  These projects focus on the specific needs of a service center and may impact several service centers.  Lean projects are outputs of Kaizen events or Lean Sigma initiatives and are typically complex in detail which requires the project manager to have close working knowledge in the specific functional area.  The project manager must be able to manage the project and the supporting service center team member through influence created by establishing relationships and teamwork.  The Continuous Improvement Project Manager will also be required to support lean sigma initiatives through training service centers on such things as value stream mapping, DMAIC, root cause analysis and waste reduction. 


  • Provide day-to-day project management of Lean Sigma projects for the specific service center including team management, creation and tracking/monitoring of project plans, communication plans, risk mitigation plans, escalation of challenges, managing interfaces with teams, identifying and testing solutions, and documenting overall impact, etc.
  • Support in leading the management of LeanSix Sigma opportunities (kaizens) within the service center, to include standardization of processes.
  • Coach, mentor and educate service center managers on how to integrate lean sigma tools and methodologies into day-to-day operations, analysis and planning.
  • Define and implement best practices, throughput improvements and lean sigma concepts in to service centers.  The Project Manager - Lean Sigma will ensure that all are identified and successfully tested practices are documented so they can be shared with other service centers.
  • Provide education to service center employees through instruction of Lean Sigma Concept courses.
  • Lead in the identification and documentation of best practices to include the integration of standard work principles.
  • Contribute to the identification and prioritization of Lean Sigma opportunities in corporate functions across disciplines.
  • Lead and monitor the outcome of all specific service center kaizen events.
  • Contribute to the identification and prioritization of Lean Sigma opportunities in corporate functions across disciplines.


  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required for this position; a Bachelor’s degree is preferred.
  • Experience of 5 years is required for this position, assuming education requirements are met. Equivalent industry experience of 8 or more years is highly desirable.
  • Formal training and certification in Lean Sigma Green Belt from the American Society of Quality (ASQ) is preferred, and will be required to maintain the position.
  • CAPM or PMP certification is highly preferred, or the pursuit to obtain a CAPM or PMP certification will be required for this role.
  • Previous ERP knowledge and experience is highly desirable.


  • Must be a high potential individual with a career path/succession plan leading to service center management or corporate management position.
  • Must have experience managing others through influence
  • Advance decision-making, problem solving skills
  • Advance verbal and written communication skills
  • Good interpersonal, communication and leadership skills; ability to motivate people and manager resources effectively and work with business partners to achieve goals in aggressive timelines
  • Business acumen, knowledge and professionalism; understand how a business operates with the ability to develop and articulate the value proposition of a new process or program
  • A problem solver; can quickly assess a situation from multiple dimensions, understand and integrate competing needs and develop creative solutions
  • Strong builder of team and trusted relationships
  • Functional expertise in service center and in project management skills
  • Must be self-motivated with the ability to work independently and in a team environment