Lean Manager

Ken's Beverage

New Brighton, MN

Job Description:

At Pentair, you will work along-side passionate problem-solvers who are committed to the future of our planet. We put our purpose into practice, inspiring people to move, improve and enjoy life’s essential resources for happier, healthier lives. From our residential and business water solutions, to our sustainable innovations and applications, our 11,250 global employees serve customers in more than 150 countries, working to help improve lives and the environment around the world.

As a Pentair employee, you would enjoy a wide array of benefit options to help keep you and your family healthy and protected, a generous 401(k) and ESPP to help you save for retirement, plus paid time off and wellness programs to encourage a healthy work/life balance.

We have an opportunity for a Lean Manager to join our New Brighton, MN team. You will oversee the implementation of Lean business system projects and the development of key systematic measurements.

You will:

  • Align with the Enterprise team to ensure consistency of approach and adoption
  • Organize, plan, and deliver effective team training based on the Lean principles, methodologies, and concepts throughout the whole organization using the Standard Pentair training collateral
  • Create Value stream Maps; Current, future, and ideal states to assess operational current condition, inclusive of the identification of the eight types of waste as well as targeting future state delivery and sustainment year over year
  • Define measurable SQDCCP goals and objectives for Lean activities with associated execution deliverables
  • Deliver year-over-year cost savings as a percentage of sales.
  • Build and facilitate multidisciplinary short and long-term Lean activities
  • Implement and follow up Lean improvements, including the sustainment of results
  • Identify and evaluate equipment automation requirements to support Lean implementations
  • Communicate plans, actions, and results to the company (PDCA)
  • Execute company strategy (Hoshin Kanri) associated with implementation of lean systems, in a fast-paced environment
  • Promote and ensure Lean practices throughout company and external suppliers
  • Participate directly and indirectly in all Kaizen events
  • Participate in benchmark Enterprise-wide Lean events with sister and external companies

Key Qualifications:

  • B.S in Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering or equivalent
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in implementing LEAN Manufacturing principles in a manufacturing environment
  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience working with the TPS / DBS principles
  • Minimum 3-5 years Managerial experience
  • Able to communicate effectively in English language
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) within all organization levels
  • Systems thinker and passionate for TPS / DBS principles

Key Competencies & Capabilities:

  • Must have advanced knowledge of the Lean tools; Value Stream Mapping, 5S, Standard Work, Creating Continuous Flow, Root-Cause Problem Solving
  • Solid knowledge of other Lean tools would be advantageous
  • Good analytical skills: 6 Sigma Master Black Belt / Black Belt level with the ability to Project manage
  • Demonstrate effective change management skills; Influencing, Communication, Change Management, Stakeholder Management
  • Evidence of effective Coaching / Mentoring, Facilitation, and Presenting
  • Ability to work at all levels of the organization
  • The role is part strategic (50%) and part hands on (50%). Must be able to work at both levels


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts on the factory floor, may need to work in an environment where the noise level could be moderate to very loud.


Must be available to travel to sister companies and Lean exchange events

Pentair Overview

Pentair plc (NYSE: PNR) is a global company dedicated to building a safer, more sustainable world. Pentair delivers industry leading products, services and solutions that help people make the best use of the resources they rely on most. Its technology moves the world forward by ensuring that water is plentiful, useful and pure, and that critical equipment and those near it are protected. With 2016 revenues of $4.9 billion, Pentair employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide.

Pentair is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Diversity and Inclusion:

With our expanding global presence, cross-cultural insight and competence are essential for our ongoing success. We believe that a diverse workforce contributes different perspectives and creative ideas that enable us to continue to improve every day. Race, gender, ethnicity, country of origin, age, personal style, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion, life experiences and many more factors contribute to this diversity.

We take ongoing action to improve the diversity of our workforce by:

  • Ensuring leadership involvement and ownership
  • Attracting and retaining diverse talent at all levels
  • Fostering a globally aware, inclusive culture
  • Ensuring our practices are fair and non-discriminatory