• Director of Productivity & Lean

    Location US-NJ-Fairfield
    Experience (Years)
  • Position Description/Company Info

    Legrand has an exciting opportunity for a Director of Productivity & Lean to join the Middle Atlantic Products team. The individual in this position will report to the VP Operations, and will work in conjunction with the key Operational Leaders to lead the Division Lean / Continuous Improvement programs that will enable us to achieve our operational goals in Safety, Quality, Service, Cost Productivity, and Working Capital and become the “best in class” operational excellence leader in our industry. 


    About Middle Atlantic Products

    Middle Atlantic Products is part of the AV Division of Legrand, North & Central America, and has manufactured exceptional support and protection products to mount integrated AV systems in Residential, Commercial, Broadcast, and Security applications since 1979.  Our products are designed and engineered in the US to maximize system reliability and to meet the needs of installers; from thermal considerations and built-in cable management, to pre-installed washers on our rack screws, we build in ways to save time and simplify the job. At the heart of every installation, you’ll find Middle Atlantic Products - what great systems are built on.


    About Legrand

    Every day, Legrand brings power, light and data to millions of spaces around the world. Legrand is a global, publicly-traded company listed on the Euronext (Legrand SA EPA: LR) with 36,000 employees worldwide, a market cap of $16B, revenue of more than $5 billion, with products sold in 180 countries. Legrand is listed on the Forbes Global 2000 as one of the world’s best employers. Legrand’s CEO, Gilles Schnepp is one of Harvard Business Review’s best-performing CEOs in the world.  For more information, visit legrand.com.


    About Legrand North and Central America

    Legrand North and Central America (LNCA) employs over 5,000 associates in 90 locations, working in 6 product categories (Electrical Wiring Systems, Building Control Systems, AV, Data Communications, Power Distribution and Control, and Lighting).  LNCA offers distinctive benefits like high employer 401K match, above-benchmark paid maternity leave, paid time off to volunteer, and an active women’s network.  LNCA is an employee-centered, growth company with tremendous opportunity.  For more information, visit legrand.us.



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    Equal Opportunity Employer




    Basic Qualifications:   

    • Bachelors Degree in a science, engineering, math, business, or other technical related field.  

    • Seven (7) years or more supporting Lean/CI activities in an industrial manufacturing & assembly environment
    • Three (3) or more years in leading the Lean/CI function

    Additional Qualifications:

    • Masters Degree preferred
    • Preferably in a multi-site operation. 

    • Experience leading kaizens and training teams on lean principles & tools is a requirement.  

    • Proven “Lean”/Six Sigma success track record with progressive manufacturing organizations.

    • Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt certification.


    Main Job Duties:

    • Establish and communicate the Division vision for utilizing lean principles and a continuous improvement culture to drive operational excellence.
    • Work with the various sites to achieve our short term and long term operational goals using lean tools & processes. 
    • Provide training & mentoring on various lean tools that will help us achieve our goals.
    • Promote a strong continuous improvement culture.   
    • Work with the various site Operational Leaders to implement standard tools & processes, share best practices, and benchmark world class companies in support of becoming the “best in class” operational excellence leader in our industry.  
    • Analyze data, identify areas of opportunity, and target “Lean” events to support business goals.
    • Improve the “Visual Factory” at  MAP sites by incorporating management dashboards and visual indicators for “Standard Work”   
    • Lead and facilitate Kaizen events in support of our goals.
    • Provides oversight of our cost productivity programs to ensure our year-end productivity goal is reached.  This includes working with the sites to maintain a robust project deck and identify additional projects, provide reporting on the status of our cost productivity and project deck, conduct monthly reviews with the sites on the status of their projects, and minimize unplanned cost “leakage”.
    • Evaluate our organizational structure and recommend improvements to the deployment of our Lean / CI resources -  including the evaluation of central vs local resources,  use of lean “councils” , etc - to maximize our achievement of operational excellence. 
    • Performs other similar duties as required.
    • Travel up to 20%.



    • Strong organizational and time management skills, close attention to detail and be able to effectively handle multiple priorities.

    • Possess strong knowledge in lean tools & processes.

    • Strong computer skills, proficient with word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software, e-mail and meeting management software. 

    • Ability to use the internet and web based resources efficiently and effectively.

    • Possess strong analytical skills and the ability to identify trends and establish proactive corrective actions.  Must have demonstrated statistical analysis capabilities.  

    • Excellent verbal and written communications skills and be able to communicate effectively across all levels of the organization.

    • Effective listener, able to maintain focus, extract necessary information and validate understanding of the information. 

    • Able to create effective reports, presentations and business correspondence and be comfortable presenting such to senior Legrand leadership and key customers.

    • Strong executive presence.

    • Excellent project management skills, including demonstrated ability to develop and manage to a project plan, establish priorities, work to deadlines and control a number of projects at various stages of work.

    • Strong leadership skills, with demonstrated ability to supervise and manage others.

    • Provide leadership, guidance, development and motivation to staff to achieve superior results and accomplish overall business objectives.

    • Manages staff.  Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work, promotional and salary recommendations, coaching and developing talent, addressing complaints and resolving problems. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Coaches, trains and develops team members.

    • Establishes and maintains employee performance standards.  

    • Works with employees to set goals and define development needs.  Provides ongoing, timely feedback and periodic formal performance evaluations, per company guidelines. 

    Position Attributes



    PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS : The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    Mental Demands

    While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to:

    • Use written and oral communication skills
    • Read and interpret data, information and documents
    • Analyze and solve non-routine and complex office administrative problems
    • Use math and mathematical reasoning
    • Observe and interpret situations
    • Learn and apply new information or skills
    • Perform highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks
    • Work under intensive deadlines with frequent interruptions
    • Interact with managers, staff, customers, the public and others encountered in the course of work


    Physical Demands

    While performing the duties of this job, employees are regularly required to:

    • Sit, walk and stand
    • Talk or hear, both in person and by telephone
    • Use hands repetitively operate standard office equipment
    • Reach with hands and arms; and lift up to 25 pounds
    • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus 


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