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Lean Specialist

The Lean Specialist is an onsite partner supporting the Field Lean Champion with the deployment, sustainment and education of Lean within a DC. Responsible for the execution of Lean programs by ensuring SPINs are captured, completed and monitored for aging. Assists with closing the communication loop by sharing the outcome of all SPINS with the site. Assists with posting visual displays and generating metrics to support the site’s Lean program. Assist with Kaizen events to improve processes and deepen team member understanding of Lean. Assists with GEMBA walks, and monitors the effectiveness of MDI/Tier meetings; makes improvement recommendations.

Job Responsibilities (listed in order of importance and/or time spent)
  • Assists the Field Lean Champion in managing the SPIN program through collecting SPIN forms and collaborating with other departments, such as Maintenance, Safety, and Operations, to implement countermeasures.
  • Attends Tier 1 meetings to assess execution and thoroughness of Lean content.
  • Assists with capturing, compiling and making GEMBA walk information actionable.
  • Assists with Kaizen events to improve processes and deepen TM knowledge of Lean.
  • Assists with the completion of Quarterly Lean GAP Assessments
  • Engages with TMs and Operations to assist in identifying waste and executing to eliminate waste
  • Partners with the Field Lean Champion to train/coach operations on basic problem solving tools such as 5 Why, Fishbone, FMEA and Takt Time.
  • Ensures front line managers are completing all tasks necessary to enable their teams to meet and exceed department goals.
  • May assist in leading training as directed by the Field Lean Champion
  • Assists in Lean deployment programs through making recommendation for process improvement and efficiency.
  • Assists with tracking the progress, milestones, savings, and other key aspects of projects that are active on a regular basis.

Walgreens, one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens omnichannel business includes Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

As the neighborhood drugstore and retailer, our goal is to make health and happiness simpler, easier and within reach. And we remain a trusted wellness provider offering convenient access to important health services, such as immunizations and an array of pharmacy services that can help patients improve their health. To our team members, Walgreens represents a unique opportunity to excel in their careers in a welcoming and inclusive environment. We offer the chance to work in a truly supportive environment, and be a part of a progressive organization dedicated to the well-being of our customers, team members and the communities we all call home.

Basic Qualifications

  • Associate’s Degree and experience in a lead/coaching role in a distribution or production environment OR High School diploma/GED and at least 1 year of experience in a lead/coaching position in a distribution or production environment or Walgreens distribution center.
  • Experience motivating others to achieve results.
  • Experience with quantitative analysis; experience with process improvement tools (TPS, Lean, Six Sigma, VSM, etc.) and statistical analysis.
  • Experience using time management skills such as prioritizing/organizing and tracking details and meeting deadlines of multiple projects with varying completion dates.
  • Basic level skill in Microsoft Word (for example: opening a document, cutting, pasting and aligning text, selecting font type and size, changing margins and column width, sorting, inserting bullets, pictures and dates, using find and replace, undo, spell check, track changes, review pane and/or print functions).
  • Basic level skill in Microsoft Excel (for example: opening a workbook, inserting a row, selecting font style and size, formatting cells as currency, using copy, paste and save functions, aligning text, selecting cells, renaming a worksheet, inserting a column, selecting a chart style, inserting a worksheet, setting margins, selecting page orientation, using spell check and/or printing worksheets).
  • Basic skill level in Microsoft PowerPoint (for example: inserting, rearranging, hiding and deleting slides, navigating between slides, increasing list level, adding, centering and editing text, changing views, inserting a table or a note, moving objects, printing outline view and/or running a slide show).
  • Willing to travel up to 10% of the time for business purposes (within state and out of state).

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least 2 years of Lean Six Sigma experience in manufacturing or logistics environment.
  • Experience in providing training and developing Lean process documentation/user manuals.
  • At least 1 year of Project Management experience or at least 1 year of experience leading high-performing work teams.
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university or college in Supply Chain, Logistics, Business, Industrial Engineering, or related field
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Visio
  • Experience in indirect management of team members, including assisting in the development, training and assignment of work/projects to other team members.


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