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Director, Lean Transformation

Fast Radius

Fast Radius

Itasca, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

Corporate Profile

SyBridge Technologies is the global leader in technology-enabled design, prototyping and manufacturing solutions for complex, high-precision parts. Our mission is to use technology to simplify and accelerate how parts are designed and manufactured. SyBridge is one of North America’s largest injection molding tooling platforms and the largest private on-demand digital manufacturer. Our AI/ML technology platform is supported by an industry-leading team of software engineers, computational geometry experts and data scientists. SyBridge Technologies is backed by Crestview Partners and comprises 15 acquisitions that bring together different products, services, and technologies into a unified technology-enabled platform. We are headquartered in Itasca, Illinois and operate through 18 locations across North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit www.SyBridge.com.

About Crestview Partners

Founded in 2004, Crestview is a value-oriented private equity firm focused on the middle market. The firm is based in New York and manages funds with approximately $10 billion of aggregate capital commitments. The firm is led by a group of partners who have complementary experience and backgrounds in private equity, finance, operations, and management. Crestview has senior investment professionals focused on sourcing and managing investments in each of the specialty areas of the firm: industrials, media, and financial services. For more information, please visit us at www.crestview.com.

Position Summary

The Director, Lean Transformation position is responsible for the architecture, development, and deployment of the SyBridge Business System (SBS) roadmap based on foundational lean manufacturing principles.

This Individual will lead Lean initiatives to establish standard processes and tools to achieve breakthrough performance across SyBridge’s operating sites (currently 18 locations) and play a leadership role in the successful integration of future acquisitions. The individual will serve as a business partner to the BU Presidents and Operations leaders across the organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Identify, assess and implement process improvement programs to support critical Business Transformation initiatives.
  • Develop and implement a framework for a SyBridge Business System (SBS), utilizing lean concepts and principles.
  • Partner with the BU Presidents and Operations leaders implement the SBS roadmap and build a culture of continuous improvement across the company.
  • Recruit a high-performance team of lean practitioners to support the BU Presidents and operational leaders.
  • Drive sustained operational improvements that impact Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) through facilitation of Kaizen events and mentorship of operational teams.
  • Guide and mentor teams to continuously improve processes across all operating sites.
  • Drive targeted, sustained improvement in SQDC (safety, quality, delivery, cost) tied to KPIs and daily management (DM) by using lean tools, mentoring, and change management processes.
  • Create and lead prioritized Kaizen funnel to close KPI gaps with appropriate Visual & Daily Management and Leadership engagement.
  • Facilitate and Lead PSP (Problem Solving Process) Teams in everyday Problem Solving.
  • Install and facilitate Visual & Daily Management at Gemba across operating locations.
  • Lead the integration efforts of ongoing acquisitions; establish value creation plans working with Corporate Development and Operational leaders and rapidly deploy post-close to ensure synergies are captured.
  • Constructively challenge the status quo to drive changes needed to implement and sustain process improvements; champion the development of a continuous improvement culture.


  • Bachelors degree in engineering required; Masters degree in business, engineering, or other technical field is preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 to 10 years of experience in leading continuous improvement activities at a regional or global level required, preferably in a leading diversified industrial with a strong lean culture. 10+ years of overall operational leadership experience desired.
  • Demonstrated success leading sustained, successful continuous improvement transformations with proven results, preferably in multi-plant manufacturing environments.
  • Demonstrated success in strategic partnership with business leaders; proven track record of influencing without authority and driving collaboration across disciplines, multiple sites, and geographic regions.
  • Clear strategic vision and understanding of the overall business goals but exhibits a hands-on approach to execution.
  • Strong customer orientation and possesses excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Deep experience and knowledge of lean principles (Kaizan, 5S, A3, value stream mapping, etc.).
  • Able to determine and model financial impact of projects; demonstrated understanding of cost and productivity drivers and related financial implications.
  • Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience working globally and cross-culturally strongly desired, including leading and influencing global teams.
  • Effective coaching and mentoring skills.
  • Sense of urgency; has a bias for action and able to make “tough calls” when required.
  • Ability to travel and engage at operational sites (50% expected).

Our commitment to you

SyBridge Technologies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of any kind. We are committed to the attitude of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at SyBridge are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, National origin, veteran or disability status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. SyBridge encourages applicants of all ages.

This position will require prolonged computer use, sitting for periods of time, and walking in a manufacturing facility. In accordance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), SyBridge Technologies will provide accommodations when requested by the employee. When the employee becomes aware of any disabilities that would affect them from performing their duties, they will advise SyBridge Technologies if accommodation is required.