A rise in demand for lean manufacturing experience

A rise in demand for lean manufacturing experience

Over the years, a few positions in the manufacturing industry have remained in high demand regardless of economic conditions. These include quality, process and manufacturing, automation and maintenance engineers.

But most recently, there has been a significant push for workers with extensive experience in lean manufacturing practices, according to global professional recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley.

Companies are increasingly hiring experienced workers who can use the correct tools to implement lean strategies. The constant drive to improve cost-effectiveness and the competition between manufacturing companies around the world has led many to focus on lean manufacturing to cut costs and increase turnover by doing away with any processes that do not directly benefit the entire manufacturing operation.

"All my clients agree that lean manufacturing will help them to achieve targeted productivity, among other things, by introducing tools and techniques that are easy to apply," wrote Morgan McKinley senior recruitment consultant Martin O'Leary. "More and more jobs on the market are looking for professionals with the necessary qualifications and experience as always and now with that extra exposure to lean manufacturing too."

O'leary added that it would behoove engineering professionals to upskill in lean manufacturing best practices in any way possible, as the need for these workers is only expected to continue to rise.

The rise in demand for people who are well-versed in lean manufacturing practices can be traced back to the manufacturing method's track record for improving facility operations efficiency and productivity. The system provides huge benefits for companies by eliminating waste that is created during all of the processes manufacturers must use to anticipate, respond to, fulfill and serve customers. In turn, manufacturing companies can better align themselves with the needs of their customers, and improve business.

Implementing manufacturing best practices typically starts with lean processes, which can be broken down into five areas. The first, manufacturing flow, addresses the physical aspects of a facility and its design standards, while the second, organization, deals with how people interact with each other and the facility, and how training can improve productivity and communication.

Process control is the third element needed for a lean operations, which includes monitoring, controlling, stabilizing and identifying methods that would lead to improvement. Metrics, or the clear, results-based performance of the facility, is the fourth factor, and logistics, which is used to create a definition for operating rules and mechanisms that can be used to planning out material flow, rounds out the list.

Implementing a lean manufacturing program can help companies preserve the value of their service with less work – the hallmark of any initiative to improve productivity. 

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