Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Job Type: Permanent
Salary VND5000.00 - VND10000.00 per month
Specialization: Lean / CI / IE
Sub Specialization:
Contact: Chau Cao Thi Bao
Reference: JO-2002-434885

Position: GLOBAL HEAD OF VALUE ENGINEERING (responsible for ASIA: VIETNAM - INDIA- CHINA): Frequently base in Vietnam - HCM City

Job description:
Develop and execute on a strategy to mitigate the effects of inflation on supplier production costs and build a team of people who can work alongside our supply partners to implement a range of lean manufacturing principles that will drive continuous improvement in manufacturing efficiency while establishing and promoting the principles of a LEAN enterprise mindset throughout sourcing operations

  1. Identify, implement and continually evolve successful strategies that enable Company to work in partnership with our core supply base to minimize the impact of cost inflation on shoe prices
  2. Assess Supplier capability and select suitable partners for Company to prioritize in their improvement planning
  3. Manage the interface with suppliers on improvement initiatives, ensuring their ongoing commitment to the process
  4. Recruit, develop and lead a team to appropriately support supplier improvement activity
  5. Manage the successful delivery of production and value engineering work stream savings as part of an overall programme of sourcing and product development cost savings
  6. Interface with key players in other business functions to drive cross functional improvement projects and deliver savings in the end to end business value stream
  7. Research and develop opportunities to gain efficiency benefits through innovations in materials and manufacturing processes
  8. Develop systems to enable the successful application of design for cost effective manufacturing
  9. Establish and promote use of LEAN principles throughout the Sourcing Operations as an advocate of LEAN thinking and a respective mindset shift
  10. Opportunities for cost saving identified, clear and consistent systems of work in place (including measurement systems), roadmap and timelines established for the roll out of the process, regular review of process alignment to Company strategic plans
  11. Critical success factors identified, objective process for assessing supplier capability against these success factors, quantitative assessment and prioritization of improvement opportunities
  12. Manage ongoing briefing and education of selected supplier business leaders to ensure their continued support for the CI process. Regularly review plans and KPI's with key supplier stakeholders. Provide interface between supplier and Company to help negotiate the resolution of any problems in the commercial relationship
  13. Clearly defined structure and job roles for a Company Value Engineering team, recruitment and training plans in place, process for ongoing education and knowledge sharing as both an internal and external motivator of value engineering principles and initiatives throughout the Company team and Company supply base

Experience & Technical Skills require:

  • Expert understanding and solid experience in the implementation and management of cost methodologies in a manufacturing environment to drive and capture continuous efficiency improvements
  • Solid understanding and demonstrable experience in the dynamics of an outsourced source base within an extended supply chain, ideally from both supplier and customer perspectives
  • Knowledge and successful experience in project management required with Lean / 6 Sigma experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to network and drive projects in a matrixed organization
  • Enthusiastic and energetic change agent and coalition-builder who enjoys creating innovative solutions for business challenges
  • Engaged listener and learner who seeks to understand current state and rationale; critical thinker willing to synthesize new information into recommended direction
  • Willingness to travel as needed, mostly intra-Asia
  • English language proficiency required spoken & written
  • Degree in Engineering, Business, Supply Chain or equivalent in experience
  • Knowledge of footwear and raw material development and manufacturing processes
  • In-depth knowledge of footwear constructions, materials and components and the processes by which they are made and ability to risk asses
  • In depth knowledge or LEAN / Six Sigma and related principles
  • Knowledge of Footwear costing processes