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Avery Dennison Regional ELS Manager in Mentor, Ohio

Company Description

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products and solutions, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical, and retail applications; tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other markets. The company employs approximately 36,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2021 were $8.4 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.

Job Description

The Regional Continuous Improvement Manager (Enterprise Lean Sigma or ELS Manager) for our High Value Segment facilities (CFF/PFF) will plan, lead and coordinate continuous improvement initiatives and ensure effective execution of key business and lean strategies. This role will report into the Regional Plant Manager and will function as a liaison between both sites and the Divisional ELS team. The Continuous Improvement Manager will be a member of the Plant Leadership Teams and will have 1 direct report. Ability to work with all levels of the organization, influence without authority, and knowledge of manufacturing processes are key to the role.

In your role as Continuous Improvement Manager delivering on these responsibilities is critical to success: 


  • Train and provide development opportunities for staff.  Ensure annual goals are complete and communicated.  Ensure Global Performance Management System is up to date and regular feedback is provided to staff members.

  • Monitor and evaluate team members, and adjust training where needed.

  • Attract, retain and develop high potential talent.

  • Model and promote the Corporation’s Code of Business Ethics and Values.

  • Perform general management duties, exercising usual authority concerning staff, performance appraisals, promotions and terminations.  Responsible for training and development of subordinate staff, estimating personnel needs, assigning work, meeting completion dates, interpreting and ensuring consistent application of organizational policies.

  • Act as a team role model and change-agent.

  • Positively lead and influence team members to partner together to achieve individual and business goals.

  • Coordinate team efforts, create and manage a regional strategy and team operating plan.


  • Partner with site leaders to train and deploy Enterprise Lean Sigma practices.

  • Own ELS assessment and improvement initiatives.

  • Support the select core implementation team members and introduce them to: value stream management process, 5S, visual controls, VSM, Kanban, Daily MDI, etc.

  • Assists in selection of teams and individuals to work Enterprise Lean Sigma implementation opportunities.

  • Develop ELS training plans, site’s trainers and track progress.

  • Monitor the team’s progress in applying the Enterprise Lean Sigma techniques

  • Effectively remove roadblocks as they arise.

  • Review current and future’s state value stream maps and kaizen proposals.

  • Facilitate and support Kaizen events.

  • Implement the value stream management process (in all Sites this includes non-manufacturing processes) and track results.

  • Apply Enterprise Lean Sigma assessment throughout the site and participate on ELS site assessments.

  • Share best practices with other sites CI managers and develop coordinated plans.

  • Challenge organizational leaders to take ELS to the next plateau.

  • Identify and communicate various ELS readings, training and benchmarking opportunities.

  • Identify project opportunities within a site or across business units.

  • Identify and remove organizational barriers to continuous improvement processes.

  • Lead site’s layout and flow process improvement efforts.

  • Lead efforts on applying best practices. 

  • Use the Value Stream Map to establish the baseline process and measure progress.

  • Track Site Continuous Improvement metrics.


Avery Dennison has a long history of being a market leader. Your history is important to us. It should include the following: 


  • Bachelors Degree required; Engineering or a related field in combination with lean or operational experience.


3-5 years business / lean / operations experience, driving team excellence and leading people is required.


  • Passion and commitment to ELS with demonstrated success in leading and influencing both individuals and work teams.

  • Working knowledge lean sigma methodologies required.

  • Excellent people skills with the ability to openly convey information to team members in a timely and concise manner. Must have strong written, verbal communication and presentation skills.

  • Must be a change leader: ability to adapt, assimilate, initiate, support and reinforce change among the teams.

  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills with the ability to achieve results independently and through others.

  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills with a bias toward action.

  • High level of proficiency with information systems and manufacturing application


Additional Information

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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If you require accommodations to view or apply for a job, alternative methods are available to submit an application. Please call: 440.534.6080 or email: jacqueline.williams@averydennison.com to discuss reasonable accommodations. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled