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Senior Value Stream Coach ( Operational Excellence)

Operational Excellence
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At Trane Technologies® we Challenge Possible. Our brands – including Trane® and Thermo King®  - create access to cooling and comfort in buildings and homes, transport and protect food and perishables, connect customers to elevated performance with less environmental impact, dramatically reduce energy demands and carbon emissions, and innovate with a better world in mind. We boldly challenge what’s possible for a sustainable world.

Our Thermo King business is connecting our transport HVAC and refrigeration products and providing digital solutions to help our customers efficiently protect drivers, passengers, and cargo.  Using our connected solutions, our customers reduce fuel consumption, carbon emissions, and downtime while increasing the comfort and safety of passengers and shelf life of cargo, including essential cargo like food and pharmaceuticals.

Position Description:

Join our Operational Excellence team as a Senior Value Stream Coach in Hastings, NE! The Value Stream Coach will act as the change agent for process improvement and lean manufacturing implementation and practices, driving the lean transformation and sustainment per directed expectations.



  • Coach and develop functional and operations leaders from the front line to senior managers on operating a premier performing lean value stream through leadership culture and behavior changes, and process operating rhythm and method changes
  • Coach and develop the full time Operational Excellence (OpEx) change leaders to grow their OpEx knowledge, and coaching and change management capabilities  
  • Coach all key contributors daily during formal Gemba Walks on developing a highly effective Daily Management process, focused on management through mission control, flow through making Takt, ensuring compliance to standard work, and identifying and eliminating abnormalities affecting Takt attainment through a problem-solving rigor
  • Work with the entire value stream organization (salary and hourly) to transform to a culture of significant focus on value for the customer, and rigorous continuous improvement and problem solving … drive the customer value proposition
  • Work with the value stream organization to develop value stream maps that establish future state targets on elimination of non-value adding waste and reduction of cycle times
  • Works with the value stream leadership team to develop strategies and plans within the transformation plan that attack the appropriate levers to maximize margin expansion, with a primary focus on growth and leverage
  • Works with the value stream leadership team to define, coach, and execute lean transformation plans which will lead to achievement of future state targets with breakthrough results with quality, cycle time reduction, cost reduction, waste elimination, increased capacity, and improved efficiency
  • Works with IRU and the site training department to develop and deliver programs to teach the workforce on lean manufacturing tools and concepts such as problem solving, A3/A4 management, leader as coach, Kanban/pull systems, Kaizen, Value Stream mapping, visual management, mistake proofing, 5S and cellular manufacturing.
  • Works with value stream team to prioritize the continuous improvement activities identified and approved
  • Works with OpEx Core team to ensure rigor around the pre-work, post work and conducting of the rapid improvement events.
  • Provides cost estimates and capital expenditure justification as necessary.
  • Ensure compliance within the value stream with standard processes and standard tools, helps the value stream team develop and follow their personal leader standard work, and helps develop a culture of process discipline around operators and salary associates following process standard work
  • Assists Product Management Leaders and Project Managers in new product introduction and
    team related project completion.
  • Supports and meets Departmental, Plant and Corporate EHS goals. Works in a safe and
    efficient manner.



  • Bachelor of Science Degree or related discipline desired (or equivalent education/ training/ experience). 
  • Minimum of 10 years of documented world class lean manufacturing experience.
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing related safety requirements.
  • Knowledge of personal computer applications required (Excel, Word, Visio, and PP). Excellent Team Facilitation Skills
  • Extensive Gemba based continuous improvement-based tools/techniques. Excellent documented leadership skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills with the ability to speak and communicate effectively with both senior management and production
  • Ability to assign priorities in a fast-paced and changing environment.
  • Ability to interpret manufacturing schematics and blueprints preferred
  • Able to mentor and facilitate lean culture change in an environment with varying acceptance

We offer competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits and programs that help our employees thrive in both their professional and personal lives. We are proud of our winning culture which is inclusive and respectful at its core. We share passion for serving customers, caring for others, and boldly challenging what’s possible for a sustainable world.

We are committed to achieving workforce diversity reflective of our communities. We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, pregnancy, age, marital status, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any legally protected status.

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