Change Leader

Job overview

  • Deadline: Not set
  • Country: United States of America
  • Location: Mebane, North Carolina
  • Job-ID: R0021338
  • Job category: Engineering
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Sandvik Coromant in Mebane, NC is looking for a


SANDVIK COROMANT is the world’s leading supplier of tools, tooling solutions, and know-how to the manufacturing industry. Our customers, which include major manufacturers within aerospace, automotive, medical, energy and general engineering, rely on us to provide the highest level of knowledge, service and support to help them achieve their goals for productivity and profitability. With extensive investments in research and development, we bring game-changing technologies and solutions to a dynamic industry driven by a demand for constant innovation. We have 8,000 employees and are represented in 130 countries, uniquely positioning us to set the industry standard for high technology manufacturing now and for the future. Sandvik Coromant is part of the business area Sandvik Machining Solutions within the 150-year old global industrial group Sandvik.

We are now looking for a dynamic and result-based Change Leader for our Production Unit in Mebane, NC.

Key performance areas

In this role the Change Leader will help drive SMS lean manufacturing implementation in the Production Unit (PU), while also managing the PU’s business transformation plan.

Main responsibilities

Provide leadership, guidance, and training as needed to facilitate identified process improvements, including but not limited to advanced data gathering and analysis, problem-solving, and project management. Monitor the progress of planned improvements assuring timely action, appropriate management support, and the achievement of expected benefits.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Maintain a macroscopic view of PU’s business, and be aware of the organization-wide implications of the changes at a team level

  • Coordinate between departments and functions by ensuring appropriate information flow and understanding of overall process improvement direction

  • Participate as an active member of the Global Transformation and Change team

  • Seeks and evaluates information, materials and methods about ongoing improvement activities from other Sandvik PU’s; and adapts them to use in the execution of process improvements at local PU

  • Participates and co-develops strategical roadmap that outlines the operational strategy and set functional policy and direction

  • Assists departmental managers to assure appropriate participation and support for planned improvement activities and the seamless transfer of ownership as the improvement activity matures to sustained implementation

  • Develop business presentations and reports of ongoing activities including accomplishments, participation, projected activities and anticipated needs

  • Identify materials and related resources required for effective implementation of improvement activities

  • Support the implementation of the SMS Production System to institute a Lean Six Sigma culture in the production unit

  • Identify improvement opportunities to minimize waste and maximizing utilization of talent, technology, and assets

  • Responsible for creating and executing culture-appropriate evaluation tools to analyze production efficiencies and throughput

  • Uses appropriate measurement, analysis and evaluation methods to accurately document improvement activities

  • Maintains a working knowledge of safety policies and regulations to ensure duties of self and others are performed in a safe manner

  • Responsible for conformance and duties pertaining to the ISO 9001, 14001, and OHSAS 18001 standards and site certifications, as well as the continued improvement of these areas

  • Acts according to the Sandvik leadership model

Your profile

You have a minimum of 2 years of metal cutting or related industry experience in a manufacturing environment. Bachelor’s Degree with Mechanical or Industrial Engineering or equivalent experience. Ability to influence and promote a culture of innovation and continuous improvement. Strategy and change management skills. Strong leadership skills, independent thinking, organizational planning abilities, and excellent analytical and problem-solving skills are essential. Possess a collaborative and solution-oriented approach to problem-solving and the ability to work in a global business environment with diversified cultures. You have a valid U.S driver’s license and can travel internationally.

Additionally, the Change Leader will possess:

Lean Manufacturing skills

  • Ability to apply lean tools and principles to support continuous improvements, including but not limited to Toyota Production System, Standardized work, SMED, Kanban/Pull Systems, TPM, Kaizen, 5S, Six Sigma Methodology, Value Stream Mapping, PDCA, Lean Leadership, Visual management, etc.

Mathematical skills

  • Ability to compute, compare and interpret relationships and compositions between two or more variables; static and dynamic ratios and percentages; as well as draw and interpret distribution graphs

Language skills

  • Ability to read, analyze, interpret and/or write technical procedures, professional journal articles, and process manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, engineers, operators, and customers. Must be able to read, write and speak English fluently

Project management skills

  • Possesses team leadership, problem analysis and solving, technical writing and documentation skills; and actively consults with PU management and stakeholders providing expertise in prioritizing and pacing project activities and milestones to achieve organizational objectives within the budgeted costs and allowed timeframe

Data analysis skills

  • Proficiency in importing, cleaning, transforming, validating, and modeling data


Sandvik offers a comprehensive total compensation package including a competitive benefits package of health, dental and disability insurance, and a 401(k)-retirement savings plan. In addition, we provide opportunities for professional competence development and training, as well as opportunities for career advancement.

How to apply

For immediate consideration, please apply online at to apply to the Change Leader position, Job Opening # R0021338.

Sandvik is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. Any applicant who, because of a disability, needs accommodation or assistance in completing an application or at any time during the application process should contact Human Resources at Sandvik also provides reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities consistent with its obligations under the law.

Deadline: Not set
Job-ID: R0021338

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