LEAN Manager — PALFINGER Production Systems (PPS)


The PALFINGER values of People, Entrepreneurship, Respect and Learning, are more than words. We strive every day to create and support an atmosphere of collaboration, transparency, empowerment and customer focus so our greatest assets, our people, will be able to harness their passion, drive and motivations to make a big impact!

As an international group PALFINGER offers its customers around the world hydraulic lifting solutions at the interfaces of the transport chain. At the moment, PALFINGER operates business in 16 sectors: loader cranes, EPSILON timber and recycling cranes, marine cranes, davit systems, winches and offshore equipment, offshore cranes, boats, wind cranes, hooklifts, access platforms, tail lifts, passenger lifts, mobile cranes, truck bodies, railway systems, and truck mounted forklifts as well as attachments and equipment for increasing crane efficiency. As a member of the PALFINGER North America Region, PALFINGER continuously pursues our vision of being the preferred provider of truck equipment throughout North and Latin America.

PALFINGER is seeking a strong LEAN Manager- PALFINGER Production Systems (PPS) candidate familiar with working in a plant environment to join the team and work out of our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Council Bluffs, IA. If you like contributing your talents, being rewarded for strong performance and enjoy the satisfaction of accomplishment, then we think you have found the right place to come and build a future. It is our belief that you will join a company with a strong heritage and more importantly, a strong future.


Job Summary

This position with work with all departments within the plant to support continuous improvement activities to include but not limited to:  support Kaizen events, training and create work orders. This role reports to the Plant Manager, offering a competitive compensation package and opportunity for on-going career growth.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Understand the PPS strategy on a corporate and regional level
  • Deliver the basic and advanced PPS training to staff and shop floor employees
  • Train the foremen and shop floor employees development plan
  • Develop OPC (target value streams and factory layout concept)
  • Implements LEAN thinking based on value streams and shop floor management - deploys PPS in the plant
  • Document the value streams with value stream analysis
  • Improves value streams with value stream design – tracks OEE of workstations
  • Exchanges best practices with other plants
  • Defines and implements standards
  • Establishes shop floor management - meeting structures and KPI tracking
  • Conducts improvement workshops
  • Support continue improvement activities
  • Work instructions- provide work instructions (WI) for assembly and manufacturing, modify or create work instructions for any safety or quality issues that are identified
  • Provide training for new employees. Maintain skills matrix for employees and work centers
  • Continuous Improvement (CI)- provide support for production, manufacturing, and warehouse areas for Cl activities, kaizen events, training, audits, etc., and regularly update work center boards
  • Root Cause and corrective action- assist quality department and production manager in root cause investigations and corrective action plans
  • Link activities to business objectives and develop transformation plans by site in collaboration with appropriate leadership
  • Identify, target and prioritize areas and processes for the application of improvement events. Determine the appropriate tools and methodologies and timing of improvement activity to achieve business objectives
  • Support, track, assess, and report progress on the implementation and use of Lean and Six Sigma principles across all divisional sites. Develop and maintain detailed process maps, metrics, and control plans for key manufacturing processes 
  • Foster a continuous improvement culture assuring buy-in and ownership at all levels of the organization. Train and mentor divisional talent on continuous improvement tools and techniques to build local capability and ensure sustainability 
  • Manages the development and maintenance of metrics to measure performance against objectives. Uses the metrics to define and champion an on-going series of continuous improvement actions and initiatives
  • Facilitate Goal Deployment Planning across the business 
  • Identify and implement best practices across the plant 
  • Special projects and/or initiatives as required by business conditions or organizational focus
  • Must have ability to travel Nationally and Internationally 75% to 100% of the time for projects at other facilities for up to 3 months per project
  • Runs PPS projects
  • Other duties and roles as assigned by Manager


  • B.S Degree in Mechanical/Industrial Engineering is required
  • LEAN manufacturing experience within the durable goods manufacturing industry is required
  • Proven leadership ability
  • Microsoft office (Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Word) proficient.  Excel experience would be at intermediate level
  • Experience with PowerBI is a plus
  • Excellent communication skills both technical writing skills with well-spoken English is a requirement.
  • SAP experience preferred
  • AutoCAD or similar 2D modeling software
  • Ability to work with all level of employees to include difficult personalities and the ability to always remain calm and professional in tense or adverse situations.
  • Ability to train all levels of employees and mentor others in the department

What We Offer

  • Competitive compensation and performance rewards
  • Comprehensive Benefits package with flexible options
  • Opportunity for on-going career growth
  • Environment of Respect, Integrity, Openness, Inclusion and Support
  • The opportunity to build strong teams, improve operations and make a big impact

Carolyn Wilcox

Director, Recruiting

Council Bluffs, IA

3501 South 11th Street Council Bluffs, IA | 51501
United States