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Swagelok Job Posting Description

Position Summary:

As a key member of the lean enterprise team, this position is responsible for leading cross-functional teams through lean (kaizen) events that rapidly apply the lean tools to achieve improvements in business process environments.  Activities are strategically aligned and achieve organizational-level change.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Deployment and use of the Swagelok Improvement System in business process environments including all lean, business process excellence, variation reduction, project management, and change catalyst tools.
  • Lead events and/or medium size improvement projects focused on improvements in business process environments according to the appropriate methodology.
  • Participate in the assessment, prioritization, and selection
  • Co-develop goals and deliverables with sponsor.
  • Participate in the selection and development of resources.
  • Develop timelines and track progress.
  • Assure the realization of all deliverables.
  • Coordinate and conduct reviews with sponsor & key stakeholders
  • Transition project and project value measurement to the line of business.
  • Solve complex problems; takes a new perspective on existing solutions, interprets customer needs, assesses requirements and identifies solutions to nonstandard requests.
  • Explain difficult issues and works to build consensus
  • Anticipate and initiate change, responding resourcefully and constructively
  • Work to overcome any barriers to change
  • Motivate and lead positive change in all levels of the company, without direct reporting relationships
  • Recognize value of collaboration and is able to effectively leverage different opinions and experiences to solve problems and accomplish tasks/goals.
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of lean & business process improvement tools, methods and principles and a good understanding of those offered across Continuous Improvement; integrate latest technology and thinking into tasks, work product and processes;  mentor and coach others about lean and business process concepts.
  • Train subject matter experts on the appropriate methodologies in the Swagelok Improvement System and Business Process Excellence Program.
  • Act as a mentor and trainer for Swagelok management, event sponsors, line of business leaders, event participants and other associates as they learn the business process excellence and lean tools and develop a culture of continuous improvement
  • Participate in the development of the Swagelok Improvement System including all lean, variation reduction, project management, and change catalyst tools.

Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:


Education: 4-year degree and formal training in lean, business analysis, and variation reduction tools or equivalent experience


Experience: Strong experience leading lean, business process improvement and variation reduction initiatives


Skills/Knowledge: Thorough understanding of multiple business areas.  Developed conceptual and practical expertise in lean thinking and several lean tools/methods



Education: Business or engineering degree. Advanced business or technical degree and formal training / certification in project management


Experience: 5+ years of supervision or management experience



Critical Competencies:

  • Self-Awareness:  Emotional Self-Awareness, Accurate Self-Assessment, Self-Confidence
  • Self-Management:  Emotional Self-Control, Transparency, Adaptability, Achievement,

Initiative, Optimism

  • Social Awareness:  Empathy, Organizational Awareness, Service Orientation
  • Relationship Management:  Inspirational Leadership, Change Catalyst, Influence, Conflict Management, Teamwork & Collaboration



Working Conditions/and or Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards.


Swagelok is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  Applicants are selected without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin or ancestry, disability, genetic information, veteran/military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected characteristic under federal, state or local law.


Swagelok will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.


This job summary is intended to be brief and does not list all the duties for this position. Nothing in this job description should be construed as an express or implied contract of employment. Swagelok is an at-will employer, which means that either party is free to terminate the employment relationship at any time, without any advanced notice, for any reason or no reason.

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75 years of operating with a no-layoff philosophy​

Full benefits, including employee stock ownership program, from day one​

Culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion​

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Locally based, globally strong company​

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Nearest Major Market: Cleveland