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Continuous Improvement Black Belt - North America Petrochemicals


Job Field: ENGI - Engineering & Technical Service
Location: Houston, TX, US
Company: BASF Corporation
Job Type: Standard
Job ID: EN_US_1703877

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, citizenship, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, disability status, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation. We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development. And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2017. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future! Where the Chemistry Happens… As a member of the Continuous Improvement team, you will serve as an integral part of the continuous improvement program across the Petrochemicals business in North America. As a Black Belt, you will lead large, complex Lean Six Sigma opportunities and recommend to the leadership team improvement areas. You will also provide coaching, training, and support for the Petrochemical Green and Yellow Belts. In this role, you will help to foster an environment of continuous improvement. Continuous Improvement Black Belt – North America Petrochemicals (1703877) – Houston, TX Formula for Success: You Will…

  • Lead large, complex improvement projects through all the stages of the Lean Six Sigma process (DMAIC) across various areas of the North American Petrochemicals organization to completion and realize business benefits.
  • Coach, mentor, and train CPN employees in the use of continuous improvement Lean Six Sigma tools through the completion of their Yellow and Green Belt certification projects.
  • Work with process owners in the following manner: perform data analysis, find root causes for identified problems, document via flowcharting existing processes, and other continuous improvement techniques as needed.
  • Identify top continuous improvement opportunities and present recommendations to the North American Petrochemicals leadership team.

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You… Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry. The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career. BASFRS

Qualifications - BASF recognizes institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent

Ingredients for Success: What We Look For in You…

  • Bachelors degree in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, or a related technical discipline, with 10 or more years of degreed practical experience driving reliability and continuous improvement (preferably within the chemical/petrochemical industry).
  • Six-Sigma Black Belt certification, with demonstration of validated and completed Black Belt level projects.
  • Strong knowledge and skill-set in Lean Six Sigma.
  • Availability for 20% business travel.
  • 5+ years of practical experience in a Continuous Improvement role with at least 3 years as a Black Belt (preferably within the chemical/specialty chemicals industry) driving reliability and continuous improvement.
  • Experience managing, mentoring, and coaching others in both technical, commercial, and production environments on continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrated track record of implementing operational excellence initiatives and business improvement processes.
  • Strong communication skills, both orally and written, with the ability to influence key strategic initiatives and establish buy-in across different sites.
  • Ability to quantify impact to process metrics and financials.

  • Ability to develop creative solutions to problem solving.

  • Ability to present and teach in-house training material for Lean and Green Belt students.

BASF recognizes institutions of higher education that are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent.

This position requires all candidates to either currently possess or obtain and maintain a TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) Card from the U. S. Department of Homeland Security.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

Job Segment: Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma, Management

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