Cummins Inc. Plant Operations Functional Excellence Manager in Ladson, South Carolina

Plant Operations Functional Excellence Manager


Cummins is a place big enough to coach and develop a global workforce and create the world’s leading clean, engine technology. We’re also small enough for you to find your fit and personal passion with a team of dependable, innovative thinkers who are developing their careers within a diverse, inclusive, empowering environment.

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Our Corporate Business Unit delivers reliable, durable, high performing products to our global partners. Working in an innovative space, you’ll develop high tech solutions that will fuel your advanced career skill set and empower you to own your career. Our integrated businesses demand the talents and creativity of individuals with a wide range of skills and experience.

This is an exciting opportunity in Charleston, South Carolina for a Plant Operations Functional Excellence Manager. Cummins USA is where you can work on industry leading projects.

Your impact will happen in these and other ways:

  • Manages projects to improve the overall effectiveness a function’s Functional Excellence. Manages the design, development and implementation of tools and processes which facilitate the achievement of functional excellence.

  • Partners with functional leadership to identify functional process and talent gaps, and develops improvement plans. Coordinates and monitors the execution of the improvement projects for a given area.

  • Drives improvement projects in common functional processes, tools, and people at the plant level.

  • Identifies key functional processes, determines key measures, for assigned area.

  • Documents common aspects of key functional processes and works to ensure that processes, tools, and people associated with these processes are available and capable.

  • Participates in the development and maintenance of Statements of Functional Excellence, functional scorecard with measures of functional excellence, and skills matrix of required competencies for the function.

  • Manages the development and maintenance of the Functional Assessment Checklist which is used to identify gaps in functional excellence implementation.

  • Manages sub component of Functional Talent Management processes.

  • Manages the communication process for the function (implementation of the communication strategy)


Skills and Experience Required:

COS (Cummins Operating System) - Able to lead others on continuous improvement utilizing the ten COS practices. Have demonstrated improvements in the business using COS concepts. Able to coach others on functional excellence development.

Facilitating Internal Relationships and Consensus - Has experience with large group dynamics and demonstrated the proven relationship skills needed to pull a broad mix of people and related skill bases together for a common purpose and goal. It will often involve ability to influence because people on your team will very rarely report directly to you as a leader. Group dynamic techniques to have an individual or group work through a challenging issue, probe for issues/concerns and drive to consensus.

Manage Customer Relationship - Manages customer interactions and relationships to maximize opportunities. Utilizes appointment and customer contact management software. Able to coach others to develop effective contact management habits. Consistently demonstrates ability to establish rapport, meet commitments, and develop effective working relationships with customers. Displays core values (e.g. empathy, etc.) and is able to adequately interrogate matter to identify root concerns.

Develops Systems and Processes - Demonstrated results indicating deep knowledge and understanding of the complexities of developing systems and processes. Applies detailed systems and processes to improve and complete work (e.g. communication channels, work steps, procedures, checklists, or flow charts). Demonstrates ability to identify problems resulting from lack of process and develop and apply processes and systems to organize the work. Uses processes and systems to manage multiple and complex work demands. Guides others in the use and application of structured systems and process.

Innovate - Demonstrated results indicating deep knowledge of innovation. Seeks to define new and improved processes even when there are no overt problems. Leads projects or initiatives involving a significant design or innovative component. Generates innovative ideas and solutions to problems affecting customers (internal or external).

Takes appropriate risks - stretching beyond the apparent. Plans for a broad range of perspectives, including those who typically disagree, and engages them in creative ways. Works to overcome barriers when selling and implementing innovative ideas and approaches.

Analyze Issues - Demonstrated results indicating deep knowledge of analyzing issues. Critically identifies an issue's scope and parameters while analyzing it from multiple perspectives. Determines the root causes as well as broad implications of issues. Integrates information and defines an array of alternatives. Applies a wide variety of analytical tools and processes (e.g. Six Sigma) on a regular basis to complete key projects and solve complex problems.

Tolerance of Ambiguity - Can consistently decide and act without having all the details of a situation. Tolerates uncertainty. Can comfortably assess the risk of uncertainty. Acts resourcefully when dealing with ambiguous situations. Can successfully demonstrate and model the skill to others. Can identify uncommon situations associated with the use of this skill and address them independently, or effectively ask for help from a more experienced person. Can provide coaching to lower level performers on how to use the skill in typical work situations.

Influencing - Consistently demonstrates the ability to encourages others to change their mindset and/or behaviors to achieve positive results. Can successfully demonstrate and model the skill to others. Can identify uncommon situations associated with the use of this skill and address them independently, or effectively ask for help from a more experienced person. Can provide coaching to lower level performers on how to use the skill in typical work situations.

Champion Change - Solid understanding of change management processes, systems and tools. Applies change management processes and tools to help self and others manage change. Keeps others informed of and involved in change through planned communications. Applies change management processes and tools to help self and others manage changes on relatively small scale.

Six Sigma - A trained Green Belt or trained Black Belt in DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) Six Sigma; a disciplined approach to enterprise-wide quality and improvement and variation reduction using statistically-based tools.

Set the Aim - Solid understanding of how to set the aim. Demonstrates understanding of measurement standards to achieve organizational goals. Communicates to others the relationship between the organization mission and vision and their own priorities, roles, and responsibilities. Clarifies roles and responsibilities on an ongoing basis as situations evolve.


  • Significant relevant work experience, with exceptional influencing and leadership capabilities, required.

  • Experience with coaching and developing teams at all levels with OE/Lean and improvement tools.

  • Experience with creating and driving strategy, assessment scorecards and improvement plans.

  • Experience with process improvement, project management and deploying process improvement initiatives through the use of Kaizen in a manufacturing environment preferred.

Education, Licenses, Certifications

College, university, or equivalent degree in field appropriate for the function required.

Compensation and Benefits

Base salary rate commensurate with experience. Additional benefits vary between locations and include options such as our 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Cash Balance Pension Plan, Medical/Dental/Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Domestic Partners Coverage and a full complement of personal and professional benefits.

Cummins and E-verify

At Cummins, we are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity in the workplace. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, color, disability, national origin, age, religion, union affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship, gender identity and/or expression, or other status protected by law. Cummins validates right to work using E-Verify. Cummins will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

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Primary Location United States-South Carolina-North Charleston-US, SC, Ladson, Holset Palmetto Plant

Job Type Experienced - Professional / Office

Recruitment Job Type Professional - Experienced

Job Posting May 7, 2018, 8:12:48 AM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 180002R6