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Lean Manager

San Antonio, TX
March 10, 2020

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Justin J. Below

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Operations and Lean Leader

~ Summary of Qualifications ~

Extensive experience coordinating, planning, and supporting daily operational functions.

Lean Integrator with a successful background orchestrating lean transformations and improving organizational performance with expertise in utilizing Lean Manufacturing techniques.

Adept at developing and maintaining detailed procedural processes that reduce costs, improve accuracy and efficiency, and achieve organizational objectives.

Highly focused and results oriented in supporting complex, deadline-driven operations; able to identify goals and priorities and resolve issues in initial stages.

Professional Experience

Joshua creek consulting – Berlin, CT

Business Management and Process Improvement Consultant, 10/2019 to Present

Partner with local businesses to achieve P&L metrics and annual Strategic Deployment Process objectives. Primarily focused on developing Strategic Deployment Plan and identifying and improving process constraints.


Director US Operations, 07/2017 to 10/2019

Oversee the daily operations of manufacturing, supply chain, facilities, and engineering for two locations in the Spectroscopy Division with an annual revenue of $70M, supporting $22M in services revenue, and $16M intra-divisional revenue. Responsible for 66 total personnel including 13 direct reports. Accountable for achieving site P&L metrics and annual Strategic Deployment Process objectives.

Key Contributions:

Successfully improved On Time Delivery (OTD) from 70% to 84% in first year (FY18). Currently maintaining OTD above 85% (FY19).

Led cost reduction initiatives of $2.1M inventory reduction and $600k operating costs reduction that contributed to exceeding division profitability target (EBITDA) by $1.4M in FY18.

Continued Lean Director role.

Director, Lean, 07/2016 to 07/2017

Oversee the global development and implementation of the Mirion Lean Program as part of the Mirion Business Strategy. Responsible for 3 direct reports supporting post-merger integration of Canberra into Mirion.

Key Contributions:

Directly facilitated lean initiative with Dosimetry Services Division senior leadership resulting in $850k of cost reduction during period of flat growth.

Facilitated relocation of $12M production from Hamburg, Germany to Concord, Canada in 6 months.

Lead over 15 lean events in multiple 8 Mirion sites in 5 countries resulting in 60% Meriden Order Admin productivity improvement, $60k inventory reduction in Oak Ridge, and developed new value stream to deliver $8M in revenue annually.

PENTAIR — Moorpark, CA

Lean Enterprise Leader, 08/2015 to 07/2016

Oversee Lean transformation initiatives. Establish value stream relationships and continuous flow strategy. Develop program acceleration strategies, analyzed learning curves and strategic lean implementation plans. Planned and developed Lean Methods department from the ground up. Responsible for leading lean transformation throughout the Aquatics Global Business Unit by teaching and executing the Pentair Integrated Management System (PIMS) with focus on the key metrics of Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost and Cash.

Key Contributions:

Successfully facilitated 2 Supplier Lean Development events with key suppliers with a cost savings of $100k.

Spearheaded the Global Material Flow between sites in the United States, China, and Mexico with a projected cost savings of over $300k.


Site Lean Manager, 08/2012 to 08/2015

Deployed lean manufacturing philosophy and tools within a high technology energy equipment production line. Improve manufacturing processes using lean tools. Utilized capacity analysis tool to eliminate 4000 hours of past due labor hours in internal fabrication. Directly supervised 5 staff members.

Key Contributions:

Developed finished goods strategy in high volume line resulting in $1.8M past due reduction, 100% on time delivery to customer, and improved customer scorecard rating.

Established and implemented internal Kanban system for high volume line that led to a $300k reduction in inventory and 100% on time delivery to assembly cell.

Supervised Commercial Repair and Overhaul Transformation Project through mentoring, development, and adherence to the Parker Lean System resulting in a reduction in turn around time from 23 days to 16 days.

PENHALL — Irvine, CA

Strategic Marketing Consultant, 01/2015 to 04/2015

Identified and drove new efficiency and growth opportunities on various marketing campaigns. Applied company values and priorities to all communications, decisions, and actions. Built client relationships and conducted marketing research. Developed a comprehensive marketing strategy and implementation plan for the CEO of a global technology manufacturing company (as part of MBA program).

PENTAIR — Conroe, TX/ White Bear Lake, MN

Site Lean Manager, 10/2011 to 08/2012

Managed the continuous improvement efforts aligned with Strategy Deployment and Operational Excellence to eliminate waste in manufacturing and business processes. Created strategic lean transformation plans and executed improvement efforts to cultivate a lean continuous improvement culture within the organization.

Key Contributions:

Established a Peer-to-Peer Safety Observation implemented in 3 sites resulting in 2 sites achieving an incident frequency rate (IFR) of 0 for the year.

Developed and managed an integration plan that moved 2 existing product lines from Rockford, IL to St. Paul, MN resulting in an annual savings of $225k.

Managed a production line that started at over $250k in back orders and an on-time delivery (OTD) rate of 70% to $0 in back orders and an OTD of 100% in 3 months.

Continued lean training by participating in Managing Daily Improvement event (MDI), Creating Continuous Flow event (CCF), and the 2012 Lean Conference.

Value Stream Manager, 04/2011 to 10/2011

Executed lean tools and procedures within Value Stream atmosphere to minimize process variation.

Execute root cause issue solving procedure to all functions. Ensured that the entire team were properly trained, resourced, supplied and managed to attain strategic objectives. Prepared clearly explained deliverables for Lean as per company’s scorecard system.

Key Contributions:

Used lean concepts to decrease waste and increase productivity from 1700 parts per shift to 2200, and reduce staffing needs from 4 to 2.

Developed scheduling and tracking boards for internal processes resulting in increased on-time delivery of metal and forming areas.

Participated in creating the first site lean team consisting of 5 personnel.

Completed Creating Continuous Flow Training and Managing at Pentair Program.


Chief Operations Officer, 06/2009 to 04/2012

Responsible for developing and coordinating long and short-range training plans and strategies for an 820 person battalion of six separate companies. Developed, forecasted, and provided training and resources to subordinate units. Supervised 10 personnel.

Key Contributions:

Developed and resourced operations that led to the capture of 8 out of 10 High Value Targets during capstone training events at the Army’s National Training Center.

Developed the battalion’s planning procedure clearly identifying effective and proven decision-making processes including a standard operating procedure used during all training events and deployment to Afghanistan.

Established and synchronized comprehensive platoon level training involving multiple organizations.

Rated as one of the top two of nine captains in the battalion; recommended for accelerated promotion.

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Additional experience

Rear Detachment Commander, (01/2007 to 06/2009)

Executive Officer (10/2006 to 01/2007)

Platoon Leader (06/2004 to 10/2006)


Bachelor of Arts, German — University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

MBA — Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA


High School Salutatorian, Eagle Scout

Four year Army Scholarship

Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, and an Army Achievement Medal

LSS Master Black Belt

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