Six Sigma Black Belt | Coon Rapids or Brainerd

Reports to Director, Operational Excellence

Primary Location:  Based in Coon Rapids or Brainerd Location

Travel:  20% travel between manufacturing Coon Rapids and Brainerd plant locations


Purpose and Scope:

The Black Belt professional serves as the subject matter expert in Lean and Six Sigma methodologies who with minimal oversight, is a positive contributor in meeting Lexington Manufacturing’s Strategic Objectives. They uphold and honor our Core Values by setting an example in their work and ethics at the highest standard for safety, quality and productivity. They are enthusiastic change agents, leading team members across all functional areas and at all levels of the organization through improvement activities with a steady hand. They provide support through mentoring, training and guidance as needed, across functional lines, as they contribute to bottom line growth through good stewardship of company resources and creatively solving and preventing problems.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

High-Level Accountabilities

  • Responsible for achieving strategic non-capital improvement goals as well as other strategic objectives as defined and assigned by
  • Serves as a key leader to drive continuous improvement activities
  • Communicates effectively and regularly to promote clear direction, good communication, teamwork, and people
  • Uses team-based problem solving techniques to identify root causes and implement permanent
  • Creative ly addresses constraints and challenges to ensure timely execution of
  • An effective steward of resources in the execution of responsibilities to maximize organizational financial
  • Maintains positive, respectful and productive working relationships with all
  • Shares knowledge and supports training opportunities to build a team
  • Demonstrate flexibility to provide support activities within the Operational Excellence organization that are required to meet the needs of our internal and external customers

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provides direct process improvement support across Lexington Manufacturing organization by serving our multi-site and multi-shift organization in Coon Rapids, MN and Brainerd, MN
  • Supports Lexington Way training implementation training program ( Champion, Black Belt, Green Belt and Yellow Belt training)
  • Leads effort across functional areas to identify improvement
  • Review, evaluate and prioritize process improvement opportunities and present to leadership to gain
  • Provide management oversight of the strategically aligned project portfolio
  • Coach Green Belts to drive or directly lead, Lean or Six Sigma projects to successful completion
  • Share professional guidance on an ongoing basis to mentor Green Belt team members
  • Maintain detailed records of all Lean and Six Sigma projects to manage completed portfolio of work and to leverage as required for future opportunities



Minimum requirements of education and experience, knowledge, special skills, abilities, attributes, credentials, ability to endure conditions of work environment to perform the job.

  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with confidence with all levels of the organization
  • Must have strong time management, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Must have direct experience in leading 10 or more successful DMAIC, DMADV, and Lean Projects
  • Must have 3 to 5 years working in a manufacturing environment
  • Black Belt trained and certified by a credible business or association with the highest quality training standards.
  • Significant knowledge and experience with quality concepts and tools such as value stream mapping, SIPOC, Voice of Customer, systems thinking, business process redesign, kaizen, lean principles, time and motion studies, regression, correlation, cause and effect, FMEA and process mapping
  • Demonstrated success in the application of process improvement projects in a manufacturing environment through realization of soft and hard savings benefits
  • Project management
  • Temperament to take on difficult, complex and involved work in a professional
  • Initiative, determination and persistence to see a task through to
  • Comprehensive understanding  of  world class  manufacturing principles


Education,  Experience, Certifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred)  in Engineering,  Business, Computer Science or related  field required
  • Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated success as certified Six Sigma Black Belt required
  • Black Belt certification required
  • Project Management training preferred
  • Smartsheet experience preferred (Microsoft Sharepoint comparable software)
  • Minitab statistical software experience preferred


Lexington is a highly successful business that emphasizes our values of Safety, Honesty/Integrity, People Involvement, Customer Satisfaction, and Continuous Improvement. People who work for Lexington say they love the family-like atmosphere and our focused approach to work/family balance. Lexington Manufacturing makes a multitude of engineered wood components for windows, doors, and other mill-work and related industries, as well as fire-rated door components for the commercial and residential door industry

Mission: Building Relationships, Creating Solutions, Delivering Value

        Our Core Values: Can Do, Team, Our Word, Growth, People

Operational Excellence Mission: Apply a disciplined approach to analyze data, support continuous improvement, and exceed our customer’s expectations.

Beliefs & Philosophies

“Building Relationships, Creating Solutions, Delivering Value.”

Lexington Manufacturing is dedicated to providing our customers with innovative, market-leading products that are delivered with integrity and value. Our commitment to service and quality is proven — by providing innovative solutions, quality products and short lead times since our company was founded in 1981.

Lexington is fully dedicated to the safe work practices of our associates and visitors alike. We firmly believe that everyone’s safety is essential. With this belief we will work under safe conditions and forever seek continuous improvement practices.

Lexington management is committed to operating its business in a manner which reflects the highest levels of personal and professional ethics. We treat coworkers, customers, and suppliers with respect, fairness and honesty.

Lexington is committed to the fact that our customer relationships are the cornerstone of our future. It is absolutely necessary to understand our customers need for product quality and service. Once a commitment is made to a customer, every effort must be made to fulfill that obligation.

We believe that through the application of lean methods and progressive management of our people, technological, and financial resources we will achieve continuous improvement of our service for our customers, long term security for our employees, and continued growth and profitability for our company.

We believe that employees are Lexington’s most important resource. Employees should take an active part in setting their own goals, carefully balancing family and work commitments. Employees’ participation on productivity teams lends to an environment that fosters change, creates opportunity for growth and encourages teamwork and employee involvement.

We believe in a minimum number of management levels and that responsibility should be pushed down as far into the organization as possible. Simple, efficient systems and company wide open communication will promote good morale and support the company vision.