Volvo Group VPS SENIOR COACH in Arvika, Sweden

Job Summary

Part of VCE global ME & VPS team, this position is dedicated to dealer development.

Provide a central service to support Regions, Hubs and Dealers in running VPS improvement initiatives in the dealer network. The objective is to provide practical assistance in implementing business improvements working alongside nominated champions in the dealer’s organisation.

Main Tasks

  • Through a practical hands-on approach, apply the VPS methodology to reduce waste and increase efficiency in the dealer’s business, improve the customer experience and help the dealer drive their financial performance

  • Run VPS workshops at the dealer’s location

  • Raise the competence of VPS ambassadors in the dealer network, so improvements can be promoted and shared.

  • Demonstrate evidence-based success; presenting findings to senior management

  • Review progress with Regions, Hubs and Dealer champions to ensure improvements are embedded

  • Understand the current situation relating to site/process/function performance, current roadmaps, current leadership behaviour and organisational culture

  • Benchmark within Volvo Group and externally to ensure best practices are available to CE and Dealer

  • Support the development/maintenance of the CE CI system (based on the VG overall framework) with collaboration of functional representatives

  • Support the development/maintenance of the overall production system framework and content for Order To Delivery (VPS), ensuring close collaboration with process leaders

  • Support sites to identify improvement potential and provide subject matter expertise to help close gaps

  • To support management teams to develop strategic and tactical roadmaps to close the gaps between current and future state

  • Contribute to designing and developing CI related training packages

  • Train, coach and challenge sites/functions to close competence, behaviour and knowledge gaps

  • Promote the sharing and application of best practices across Dealers/sites through knowledge sharing events

General Key Skills

  • Problem Solving

  • Continuous Improvement

  • A practical working knowledge of Volvo Production System (VPS) or similar lean business methodologies such as Six Sigma, Kaizen, 5S, standardized work and value stream mapping

  • Ability to facilitate team activities – motivate, lead and energise individuals

  • Train the Trainer coaching skills to transfer knowledge

  • Highly numerate and able to use IT tools such as MS Excel to an intermediate or advanced level

  • A change agent and strong communicator

  • Ability to adapt Lean terminology to the dealer business

  • An understanding of project management techniques

  • Relate the P&L impact and customer satisfaction to lean practices 

  • Fluent in English, written and spoken, other languages an advantage

  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively as required

Key Characteristics

  • Process & system thinker

  • Energy, drive, determination

  • Results focus

  • Logical thinker

  • Good communicator

  • Pragmatic

  • Proactive

  • Collaborator, team player

  • Has a critical eye

  • Seeks the facts through go to gemba approach

  • Ability to switch between holistic and detailed view

  • Challenges the status quo

Required knowledge & experience

Experience and Professional Qualifications required for the position

  • A minimum of 15 years work experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably automotive and preferably at least 10 years working as VPS/Lean Manufacturing Director in a manufacturing site

  • Demonstrated subject matter expertise and successful transformation projects lead in one or more areas within VPS, preferably Internal Logistics

  • Demonstrated experience in leading or supporting major transformation project such as Master plan transformation, new process introduction reaching higher level of Quality and efficiency

  • Experience of working in dealer operations would be desirable

  • Good understanding of the Volvo Group and Volvo CE core values and brand image

  • Practical experience of change management programmes in business operations

Educational Qualifications required for the position

  • A university degree in an Engineering discipline is required

Additional Requirements

  • Preferred location is Gothenburg or in one of the Volvo CE sites in Europe

  • Candidate will travel extensively

  • Fluency in English is required, other languages are a plus

For further information, please contact

Francois Guetat, VP Manufacturing Engineering & VPS, +1 717 5323042

About us

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines under the leading brands Volvo, Renault Trucks, Mack, UD Trucks, Eicher, SDLG, Terex Trucks, Prevost, Nova Bus, UD Bus, Sunwin Bus and Volvo Penta.

With Volvo Construction Equipment , one of the world’s leading providers of products and services to the construction industry under the brands Volvo, SDLG and Terex Trucks, you will be part of a global and diverse team of highly skilled professionals who work with passion, trust each other and embrace change to stay ahead. We make our customers win.

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