Performance Excellence Leader - Fernandina Beach, FL

Performance Excellence Leader - Fernandina Beach, FL

600 North 8th St
Fernandina Beach, Florida, 32034-3321
United States

WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 50,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 320 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at  



Performance Excellence Leader ( corrugated paper )—Fernandina Beach, FL



The Performance Excellence System Leader role is designed to coach and guide the implementation of the Performance Excellence System (PES) which is a Lean Six Sigma deployment into a WestRock facility.  This role is the direct conduit between the tactical/operational and strategic initiatives in the organization.


This position requires a leader that is able to facilitate and drive change in a fast paced and ever-changing environment leveraging his/her strong interpersonal and influencing skills.  The PES Leader role is at a level of a Plant Superintendent/Plant Production Manager.  Natural next steps for successful PES Leaders could be Plant Manager, Regional PES Practitioner and Regional Master Black Belt.


Key to success in this position is the ability to work within and across the plant at all levels creating value and buy-in as the key change facilitator for the Performance Excellence System deployment.





The PES Leader role is responsible for the deployment and ongoing sustainment of the PES Pillar system at the plant.  In addition, the Leader is responsible for the training/coaching of Pillar Leaders and the Steering team at the plant.  The PES Leader will also execute LSS Belt projects to meet plant savings goals. 

This position will be focused on driving improvements in revenue and driving cost out of the business through more effective processes, elimination of non-value added or duplicate efforts, waste and other related defects in the process.


Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Align with strategic objectives for the Division/Region/Plant and Execute PES to accomplish them

  • Perform education to pillar teams and steering committee

  • Train teams to utilize lean six sigma tools and methodology

  • Serve as site PES implementation leader

  • Serve as site PES sustainment leader

  • Provide and share foundational best-practices

  • Ensure that process changes become part of the DMS (Daily Management System)

  • Work with Regional Practitioners to ensure alignment to the system across plants

  • Coach/mentor belts and CI pillar teams to achieve savings goals

  • Execute LSS Belt projects to deliver hard cost savings


Specific duties include:

  • Coach and assist plant in their Zero Loss Thinking and Analysis

  • Provide education on the pillars as necessary

  • Provide on-site coaching to the individuals/teams as necessary

  • Perform audits and assessments for the evaluation of PES results and consistency across the plant and work with Practitioners to ensure consistency across division

  • Identify training needs/gaps prior to and during the implementation. 

  • Assist in the alignment of key resources to include engineering and other resources to ensure that we are working on the right priorities

  • Develop, track and report local progress for the facility

  • Report progress to the Divisional RBOS Steering Committee (RBOSSC) for the local facility

  • Raising issues that need addressed. 

  • Coach/mentor belts and CI pillar teams to achieve savings goals

  • Execute LSS Belt Projects to meet plant savings objectives




This position will act as a change agent to instill lean culture and principles and ensure they are utilized consistently throughout the plant/organization.

Critical Competencies

  • Foundational experience in Continuous Improvement

  • Would prefer a background in a manufacturing-driven environment with a lot of variability (ex: paper, metal, plastics)

  • Coaching and communications skills

  • Project Management experience

  • Strong leadership abilities (someone who has been in a Continuous Improvement Engineer role, Superintendent, or Manager role previously would be ideal)

  • Professional maturity – work with all levels

  • Lead by effectively Influencing, Engaging and Empowering others



  • Bachelors Degree required (Any discipline - Engineering preferred)

  • Strong Continuous Improvement Education Required - Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt Training / Certification Preferred

  • Minimum 5 years of manufacturing and/or Continuous Improvement experience

  • Preferred similar experience in Lean Based Operating Systems

  • Prefer leadership in deployment of Lean Operating Systems


System Access Requirements (Plus)

  • Divisional Data system (ex: Plant Floor, KIWI, AS 400, etc.) is a great plus

  • Lean Six Sigma Project Library is a great plus







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