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Lean, Project Manager, Discover Financial

Lean, Project Manager

Discover. A more rewarding way to work. At Discover Financial Services, you’ll find yourself in the company of some of the industry’s smartest and most reliable professionals. And at a company that rewards dedication, values innovation and supports growth. Thrive in an environment that promotes teamwork and shared success. Build on a foundation of mutual respect. Join the company that understands rewarding careers like no other.

Discover seeks a Project Manager to drive cross-functional project teams to deliver breakthrough improvements in unit cost, quality, customer experience, and risk. This position leads the execution of Discover Lean’s strategic initiatives and projects in business units throughout Discover (DFS). This position must be located in Riverwoods, IL, due to the level of interaction with head-quarters based business partners.

This role provides a unique opportunity to tackle a wide range of the highly visible, Lean-related business challenges across the enterprise. We are looking for people that thrive on collaboratively solving complex problems with senior leaders across all of DFS. To succeed, this person must demonstrate thought leadership, develop collaborative relationships, and deliver measurable results through Lean projects. Ensure timely delivery of projects and breakthrough results that meet or exceed agreed-upon metrics or goals

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Build relationships with all key constituents necessary to deliver project results on a timely basis
  • Assist in creating lasting change within business units aligned to project execution methodology while simultaneously helping business partners understand and grow with the Lean Six Sigma transformation
  • Effectively communicate with senior management about project progress, results and assistance needed from them in written presentations, emails, and in toll gate reviews
  • Quantify impact of projects on financials, productivity, customer experience, quality, risk, and compliance
  • Promote a risk-aware culture; Identify and evaluate controls to sustain processes and their improvements for the long term by adhering to required risk management standards and processes
  • Understand key metrics that measure business-unit performance, create scorecards, and monitor process performance over time
  • Conduct in-depth analyses including data collection, analyses, and synthesis to generate key insights for projects

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  • Gather current-state data, conduct in-depth data/root-cause analyses, and generate current-state process maps and key insights for project sponsors. Articulate strong fact-driven recommendations for future-state processes
  • Assist generation of internal and external customer insights based on customer interviews, focus groups, and surveys since customer insights will be a key factor shaping solution development.
  • Mentor project team on Lean Six Sigma skills as well as general project management
  • Understand key metrics that measure business-unit performance, create scorecards, and monitor metric performance over time
  • Build relationships with all key constituents necessary to deliver project results on a timely basis
  • Identify and evaluate controls to sustain processes and their improvements for the long term.

RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Reports to either a Discover Lean Projects Manager or Senior Manager; may also be directed by Initiative team leaders (including Lean leaders, Business Unit subject-matter experts, or support-function leaders such as those from Business Technology)
  • Collaborates with team members to understand customer needs, map current states, drive root-cause-analysis, design future states, and deliver projects with sustainable results
  • Work with relevant business units implementing Lean initiatives
  • Collaborate with Lean team to listen to its members
  • Mentor (Sr.) Associates on Lean Six Sigma skills, project execution methodology, and lean thinking concerns, get feedback on tested solutions, and deploy improvement initiatives or ideas

Skills

  • Bachelor Degree required; Masters or other advanced quantitative degree preferred. Five to seven years of relevant work experience
  • Five to seven years of relevant work experience with 1-2 years managing cross-functional teams
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
  • Strong proficiency with statistical software (Minitab)
  • Ability to use query languages to extract data
  • Ability to drive projects with ownership and an independent but client-first mindset

COMMUNICATION SKILLS:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills

PREFERRED SKILLS:

  • Black Belt or Green Belt Certification in Lean or Six-Sigma preferred
  • Strong analytical skills with knowledge of statistical analysis
  • 1 to 2 years of experience managing cross-functional projects
  • 1 to 2 years of experience in the financial-services industry or in B2C consumer-centric fields
  • Proficient using statistical analysis software (preferably Minitab)
  • Experience querying large data sets within Teradata and/or SAS environment

#LI-KK1 We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

 

Link for job:   http://www.mydiscovercareer.com/job/7250711/lean-project-manager-riverwoods-il/

 

QA Manager, National Cycle, Maywood, IL

QA Manager (Chicago) needed to lead an exciting career with National Cycle – a global, industry leading, state-of-the-art, power sports manufacturer and supplier of: polycarbonate windshields, machined brackets and accessories for motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, UTVs, etc.  Soon to be adding: deep drawn motorcycle gas tanks, side covers and fenders.

This role will lead total quality programs, policies, and initiatives.

Responsible for identifying, analyzing and developing improvements in productivity, quality, client relationships, and customer service.

Responsible for planning total quality policies, programs, and initiatives.

Oversees development of new testing tools, methods and systems to ensure products and services meet quality standards.  A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.

Responsible for the design and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure that quality standards are met during production. Oversees testing of processes and products.

We are needing to grow from our ISO 9001 certification and into TS 14969, and ISO 14000.

Oversees the evaluation of a finished product for quality and reliability.

Requires a bachelor’s degree with 6 + years of experience in the field or in a related area. Familiar with a variety of the field’s concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Performs a variety of complicated tasks. Will lead and direct the work of others (1 experienced Technician to start).

Needing: CMM operational skills with reporting for PPAP and APQP start-ups.

Some manufacturing engineering experience is preferred.

 

Located in Maywood, IL for 80 years!  They occupy 100,000 sq. ft. (adding another 30,000 soon), with 170 employees.   See them at www.nationalcycle.com.

To be considered and for further information on my retained client, contact Dale Wiza, 414-807-9663, dale@engineeringplacements.com

Lead Auditor ISO14001- Midwest

** Contract Lead Auditors needed in Midwest **

ISO 14001/18001/RC Certified Contract Lead Auditors

DQS Inc., a leading global independent business service organization delivering assurance to customers with standards-based solutions has immediate openings for qualified contract ISO 14001/18001/RC Lead Auditors.

  • The candidate will have a successful work history, strong interpersonal and organizational skills with excellent written and oral communication capabilities.  Ability to work in a virtual home based environment and travel within US
  •  Knowledge of EMS principles and methods for standard assessments.
  • Must be able to assess customer needs, meet quality standards for services and evaluate customer satisfaction.
  • Work independently and project a professional image appropriate to the work environment.
  • Critical thinking skills using logic and reasoning to identify solutions to concerns.
  • Experience with quality management systems, 2nd and/or 3rd party certifications, 14001/18001/RC auditing/assessments.
  • Excellent communication and follow-through skills.

Requirements:

  • Pass the RAB, IRCA approved 36-hour ISO 9000, 14001, and OHSAS 18001 EMS training course with exam or Exemplar global competency based Lead certificate.
  • 2 or 4-Year College Degree and/or 5+ years of Auditing Experience.
  • Extensive travel is required.

DQS Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

Qualified candidates, please apply at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=uldqs#

Lead Auditor ISO 9001 – Midwest

 

LEAD AUDITOR ISO 9001 – MIDWEST

CONTRACT LEAD AUDITORS – MIDWEST (Location preference is IL, WI, or IN)

DQS Inc. is a leading global business providing independent management system assessments and certifications to clients across all industries. The organization continues to expand its global presence with more than 60 offices in 40 countries which enable the auditing of over 45,000 sites yearly. Our team of industry-leading experts provides value added services that help clients improve their business process which ultimately helps to improve the bottom line.

Our company has immediate openings and is seeking Contract Lead Auditors for ISO 9001 in the Midwest Region. Working closely with your scheduler you will visit client locations and perform the audit as specified.

  • The candidate will have a successful work history, strong interpersonal and organizational skills with excellent written and oral communication capabilities. Ability to work in a virtual home based environment.
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for standard assessments.
  • Must be able to assess customer needs, meet quality standards for services and evaluate customer satisfaction.
  • Work independently and project a professional image appropriate to the work environment.
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and software, including applications.
  • Critical thinking skills using logic and reasoning to identify solutions to concerns.
  • Experience with management systems, 2nd and 3rd party certifications, ISO-9000 processes and/or previous certification auditing/assessment skills highly desired.
  • Excellent communication and follow-through skills.
  • Extensive travel.

Requirements:

  • RAB approved 40-hour ISO 9001 training course with exam, auditors will have passed the Lead Auditor course.
  • 4-Year College Degree and 5+ years of Auditing Experience.

DQS offers competitive daily rates with expenses paid weekly.

DQS Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

Qualified candidates, please apply at: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=uldqs#

Inspector III (QA), G&W, IL

Inspector III, QA

General Summary: Inspect component parts and completed product for conformance to
process controls using visual inspection and various measuring tools of advanced
complexity

Essential Functions:
• Perform final and incoming inspections
• Assist in evaluation of non-conforming components
• Perform internal process audits as required, report all findings
• Position has the authority to “shut down” non-conforming processes after notifying Supervisor
• Analyze and report on materials, processes and products
• Communicate drawing discrepancies to Engineering
• Participate in customer inspections as needed
• Assist team members in preparing and entering NCRs (Non-Conformance Reports)
• Write Customer Improvement Initiative (CII) for audits and assist employees who wish to report a
problem requiring corrective action for repetitive problems
• Report violations of ISO standard to the Quality Manager
• Participate in prototype review process for all newly developed products as needed
• Assist in the dimensional analysis of components to help identify potential quality issues
• Responsible (along with team members from product engineering, manufacturing engineering and
production) for the creation/implementation of process control charts for all critical processes
Maintain safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations
• Conserve resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results
• Contribute to team effort by training others in performance of inspection tasks as needed
• Inspect all work prior to passing it on to the next operation
• Document actions by completing production and quality forms
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to read and interpret complex drawings, schematics, bills of material, wiring and ladder
diagrams required
• Must have basic computer skills in MS Word and Excel Experience using an ERP system desirable
• Ability to utilize mechanical inspection measuring tools and CMM machine
• Thorough knowledge or Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
• Must be able to understand and apply elements of corrective and preventive actions
ducation/Experience:
• Associated degree in Quality discipline or equivalent work experience and skill development
required
• 2+ years experience performing technical work in a manufacturing environment
• ASQ CQT certification preferred

Physical Demands: (The work is classified as Medium – Heavy Physical Demand Level (PDL) by the US Dept of Labor’s Dictionary of Occupational Titles) Frequencies: Occasional (1-33%); Frequent (34-66%); Continuous (67-100%)
• Lift up to 60 lbs on an occasional basis floor to waist
Lifting Demands

Postural Demands

Miscellaneous Demands
• Lift up to 50 lbs on a frequent basis floor to chest
• Carry up to 50 lbs on an occasional basis up to 25 feet
• Push/pull up to 100 lbs on an frequent basis
• Standing – continuous
• Walking – frequent
• Bending/stooping – frequent
• Squatting/kneeling – frequent
• Lifting – frequent
• Sitting – occasional
• Griping, manipulation, fingering – frequent
• Variable hand/power tool use – frequent
• Two-person lifting tasks using assistive devices for lifting, pulling and pushing including hand trucks, pallet jacks, and hoists

Customer Satisfaction/Safety/Quality/Environmental:
• Our goal is to provide a world-class service to our customers by delivering defect-free products on time to both our internal and external customers Your comments and suggestions are an integral part of our success
• Responsible for ensuring that quality systems function effectively and products meet customer requirements
• Responsible for following safety and environmental rules and regulations
• Responsible for ownership of his/her own safety and that of their coworkers
• Responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy work environment
• Making certain potential hazards are identified and corrected in a timely manner
• Responsible and empowered to make the decisions and take the necessary actions that are required
to fulfill the quality policy
• Responsible for the quality of his/her work
• Conform to G&W’s Environmental Management System (EMS) and comply with applicable regulatory requirements
• Contribute to continual improvement of activities, products and services that will help prevent pollution, reduce waste and protect our environment

HOW TO APPLY: careers@gwelec.com

 

 

 

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