Cummins Inc. Manufacturing Operations Excellence Specialist in Columbus, Indiana

Manufacturing Operations Excellence Specialist


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 Engine 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 Columbus, Indiana for a Manufacturing Operations Excellence Specialist.

Your impact will happen in these and other ways:

  • Supports several aspects of a function’s Functional Excellence efforts. Works within assigned functional discipline to assist with improvements in common functional processes and tools.

  • Assists with the development of communications to ensure that employees are up-to-date on functional and discipline ideas and efforts.

  • Assists with identification of appropriate training opportunities.

  • Deploys the communications strategy to increase awareness, enthusiasm, and participation in the functional excellence program.

  • Maintains updates and accuracy of information documented in functional databases, websites, etc.

  • Assists with management of assigned projects.

  • Assists with Global Position Profiles

  • Assists with Cummins Operating System Functional Assessment Process.


COS - Have very little knowledge of the understanding and use of continuous improvement through the lens of the COS ten practices.

Facilitating Internal Relationships and Consensus - Basic ability 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 - Basic understanding of techniques and tools to enhance productivity (i.e. schedules, appointments, call plans, etc). Has a basic understanding of attitudes and behaviors to establish relationships and build trust. Understands the need to and responds with the appropriate time frame to customer needs. Identifies decision makers and those influential in the decision process and effectively communicates with them. In managing this relationship, displays core values (e.g. empathy, etc.) and is able to adequately interrogate matter to identify root concerns.

Develops Systems and Processes - Some knowledge or awareness of how to develop systems and processes. Limited application of systems and processes to improve and complete work. Documents simple work processes and procedures.

Innovate - Some knowledge or awareness of innovation. Approaches problems with curiosity and open mindedness. Generates new ideas within area of responsibility. Contributes own perspective in collaborative innovation efforts.

Analyze Issues - Some knowledge or awareness of how to analyze issues. Demonstrates basic analysis of issues and some application of logic and problem solving skills. Identifies the connection between different issues and problems.

Tolerance of Ambiguity - Can 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. Shows some evidence of the skill being performed. Can demonstrate a basic knowledge of the skill.

Skills and Experience Required:

This position provides a great opportunity to learn and implement COS practices in a challenging and rewarding manufacturing environment.

Additional Responsibilities:

  1. Learning and understanding Cummins Operating System practices and its elements in depth.

  2. Provide training to others on problem solving, 5S, kaizen and TPM

  3. Drive Continuous Improvement throughout the plant by engaging employees to achieve excellence

  4. Innovate and develop new ideas to reduce waste and improve efficiency

  5. Maintain and lead Continuous Improvement hopper.

  6. Partcipate and Report out progress in monthly meetings

  7. Work closely with Machining and Assembly to help them understand the gaps and work with them to close all the gaps.

  8. Bachelors degree in Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Quality Engineering or relevant field will be required. Masters will be plus.

Any experience with COS practices, Project Management, IE, ME assignments will be a plus.

Education, Licenses, Certifications

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

Compensation and Benefits

Base hourly 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-Indiana-Columbus-US, IN, Columbus, Columbus Engine Plant

Job Type Experienced - Professional / Office

Recruitment Job Type Professional - Experienced

Job Posting Aug 11, 2017, 12:41:00 PM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 170003QJ