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Senior Lean Specialist

Date: Jan 7, 2021

Location: Reno, NV, US, 89506

Company: Cimpress/Vistaprint

The Senior Lean Specialist will form part of the functional support team within the North America Manufacturing Group. The Lean function within Vistaprint is responsible for facilitating and coaching the ongoing adoption and deployment of lean principles, tools and techniques in our Vistaprint manufacturing plants, while taking tactical steps to add value at every opportunity. The Senior Lean Specialist will be part of a team of Lean Specialists in pursuit of these directives reporting to the Lean Manager North America.



The Senior Lean Specialist will contribute to all aspects of establishing and sustaining a Lean production and management system in Vistaprint plants. The main areas of responsibility for this position include the deployment of standardized Lean methodologies that fit the needs of the business, providing training in lean tools and techniques, implementing Lean, coaching and leading groups on various lean initiatives in pursuit of company objectives or specific priorities to impact designated key metrics for improvement. The Senior Lean Specialist must be a strong collaborator, have good listening capabilities, and be recognized as a subject matter expert on fundamental lean tools and techniques, who can demonstrate their capabilities very much in a practical manner on the shop floor. Close partnering with the key manufacturing groups in the business that impact manufacturing will be an essential part of this person’s role, relationship building, and integrity are key aspects to sustaining the deployment of lean tools and principles. These groups include Operations, Quality Assurance, Engineering, Supply Chain and Senior Management.



  • Partner with internal customers (area leads) to tactically implement Lean Principles in order to solve challenging problems, apply the right tool sets, standardize, and sustain performance.
  • Plan & execute per plant / area projects and initiatives for tactical application of Lean to support and improve the Cost of Goods Sold.
  • Teach the Lean fundamental approaches to continuous improvement in a highly complex manufacturing environment.
  • Coach practical problem solving to manufacturing and support groups as needed.
  • Leverage Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata and teach the fundamentals.
  • Apply statistical and analytical methods to stabilize processes.
  • Participate in and lead as directed Lean initiatives within the manufacturing plants, which will encompass the need to provide formal training, continuous mentoring and coaching of employees.
  • Support the development, implementation, and maintenance of an effective and sustainable Lean Manufacturing program as directed by the Lean Manager NA, these programs can include:
    • Waste reduction exercises in the plants
    • Improving inventory turns
    • Support on-time delivery to customers
    • Improve and sustain product availability
    • Improve manufacturing KPI’s
    • Reduce manufacturing lead times
    • Ensure no detrimental impact of quality through the application of Lean
  • Participate in step change projects (Kaizen) and rapid improvement teams (Kaikaku) across multiple manufacturing locations in the region to achieve system deployment, skill development, and effective impact to corresponding KPI’s.
  • Actively participate in sharing & promoting Best Practices across plants.
  • Work to further develop, standardize, and continuously improve the Vistaprint Lean System.



  • Other duties as assigned



  • Degree in Engineering, preferably Industrial Engineering; and a minimum of 5 years of experience practicing and implementing Lean within a manufacturing environment
  • Strong practical knowledge & application of Lean manufacturing principles, tools and methods including Value Stream Mapping, Flow, A3 Thinking, Standard Work Element definition (including Yamazumi), 5S, TPM, 7 wastes, and Kaizen.
  • Six Sigma / Lean Six Sigma Black Belt strongly desirable
  • Experience working with Toyota Production System / Lean Manufacturing
  • Proven problem-solving capabilities
  • Experience with Change Management principles
  • Have a passion for deploying Lean principles with an ability to train and inspire others
  • A hands-on, practical and pragmatic approach to getting tasks done
  • Strong facilitating/presentation skills
  • Collaboration, and Integrity
  • Attention to detail, organizational and project management skills
  • Willingness to travel up to 50%
  • Can operation in a fast paced and challenging environment to time-bound deadlines



  • The ability to perform normal sitting and standing activities and lift to 50 lbs.
  • The ability to stand for long periods of time
  • The ability to actively listening and read comprehensive documents
  • Strong communication skills


Nearest Major Market: Reno
Nearest Secondary Market: Tahoe

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