The Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (BB) is a professional who is well versed in the Lean Six Sigma methodology, who leads improvement projects, typically in a full-time role. A Lean Six Sigma Black Belt possesses a thorough understanding of all approaches and tools within the phases of lean six sigma project. They understand how to perform and interpret Six Sigma tools and how to use standard principles of Lean.
A BB is results driven, trained in advanced project management and statistical analysis tools. He/She is expected to contribute between €250K and €1M to the company’s operating profit each year by undertaking process improvement projects that lead to enhanced customer satisfaction, and lower cost to the company.
Why use contract Black Belt support?
Employing contract BBs has become popular for every employer type, ranging from multinationals to SMEs and even start-ups. One of the reasons why it’s beneficial for companies to employ a BB contractor to work on specific projects, is the specialised expertise that they can bring to that role. They can also adapt quickly to the organisation’s processes and culture, and deliver measured value on a quick return basis.
The contract black belt service compliments existing operational excellence department resources, or can act as a stand-alone professional support to the management team and project teams on site. The advantages to the organisation are many, and include:
- Senior project manager with cross-sector experience;
- Access to a wide and deep knowledge store of programme management approaches, and lean six sigma data analysis and problem-solving tools;
- The support of a professional who is senior enough to influence management thinking, without having the natural hesitation that might inhibit a more junior permanent employee;
- Use of support days in line with the organisation’s needs, and
- The freedom to wind-up the contract when it best suits the organisation.
Black belt duties
Duties of the black belt will vary from company to company, however will most likely include the following. In consultation with the management team and others:
- Development and maintenance of the continuous improvement roadmap;
- Project selection and team selection;
- Project planning, team mentoring and individual team lead mentoring;
- Process problem-solving with teams in manufacturing, laboratory, warehouse and office areas;
- Data analysis and report writing, with recommendations and project plan
Support days & duration
The range of support days varies typically, from 3 days per month to full time 20 days per month.
The organisation may be eligible for IDA or Enterprise Ireland lean funding, under the Lean Business Offer suite of programmes. Talk to us about it today.
© Bernie Rushe, BSc, CPIM, Dip SA, MSc, Black Belt