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Job Details
Company Name :
Zurn Water Solutions
Company Location :
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Job Position :
Continuous Improvement Manager (ZBS)
Job Category :
Jobs in Illinois

Job Description :
Company Description
Zurn Elkay Water Solutions Corporation is a thriving, values-driven company focused on doing the right things. We’re a fast growing, publicly traded company (NYSE: ZWS), with an enduring reputation for integrity, giving back, and providing an engaging, inclusive environment where careers flourish and grow.
Named by Newsweek as One of America’s Most Responsible Companies and an Energage USA Top Workplace, at Zurn Elkay Water Solutions Corporation, we never forget that our people are at the center of what makes us successful. They are the driving force behind our superior quality, product ingenuity, and exceptional customer experience. Our commitment to our people and their professional development is a recipe for success that has fueled our growth for over 100 years, as one of today’s leading international suppliers of plumbing and water delivery solutions.
Headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, Zurn Elkay Water Solutions Corporation employs over 2800 employees worldwide, working from 24 locations across the U.S., China, Canada, Dubai, and Mexico, with sales offices available around the globe. We hope you’ll visit our website and learn more about Zurn Elkay at
If you’re ready to join a company where what you do makes a difference and you have pride in the work you are doing, talk to us about joining the Zurn Elkay Water Solutions Corporation family!

Job Description
The Zurn Business Systems (ZBS) Manager, Operations – Water Management leads and manages continuous improvement projects in order to accomplish measurable business process improvements; employs Lean Manufacturing methodology and analytics into organizational operations in order to accomplish business objectives; and works with other functional leaders in the planning, designing, and accomplishing of key projects. This person will provide tactical/strategic implementation of all elements of the Zurn Business System encompassing practical application of lean operations, operational excellence and six sigma tools and processes across all aspects of the business. In this position, successful candidates will make immediate contributions through enhancing key business processes that add value to Our Customers, Our Shareholders, and Our Associates.
Focus will be on helping develop operations strategy for defining and executing optimization & footprint repositioning strategy. This role will play a key role in the process to gather and analyze information regarding single and multiple-plant ability to serve customers, profitability, cash flow and capital, capacity utilization and sourcing impact and opportunities. This individual will also consolidate and integrate information to develop and propose operations strategy while tracking and overseeing projects and action plans, providing work direction to multiple people across multiple groups or functions outside of the team, without direct reporting authority.
Key Accountabilities

Ensure successful definition and execution of large, cross-functional improvement initiatives tied to annual strategic priorities
Actively collaborate in front end analysis and planning with site leadership to define strategic operations plans
Utilize financial resources and ensure best solutions are defined and executed effectively
Analyze business performance metrics beyond direct labor cost and define strategies that improve overall costs and cash flow
Analyze multi-site issues regarding profitability by product line, capacity utilization and supply chain sourcing
Oversee overall work-breakdown structure efforts to ensure alignment with all stakeholders
Identify and propose solutions to minimize and manage resource constraints
Coordinate and track the monthly strategy deployment activities and initiatives in support of meeting Business Metrics, Annual Improvement Priorities (AIPs) and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Drive “best practices” in all areas of responsibility
Educate, engage, and empower future leaders by creating and facilitating lean daily management training and development programs
Implement Lean processes in accordance with the organization’s Lean Implementation Plan (Standard Work, 5S, Value Stream Mapping, Problem Solving, Kaizen and Pull Principles
Oversee organizational participation in lean initiatives to achieve ZBS metrics
Drive associate participation (including process experts) in Lean initiatives. Institutionalize problem solving tools to address and resolve problems
Identify and share best practices across the different Zurn locations.


Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred
5 -7 years of experience in direct plant, manufacturing, supply chain leadership that includes defining, executing and stabilizing major improvement.
Travel up to 75%
Excellent communication, presentation and facilitation skills.

Leadership Competencies

Creates strategies that leverage competitive advantages and emerging trends.
Thinks beyond the day-to-day, taking a long-term, big-picture view of the business.
Drives a track record of success for the teams
Finds the right balance between sticking to plans and adjusting them to changing conditions.
Aligns business processes to work with those of customers.
Addresses gaps in the workgroup’s ability to meet emerging customer needs.
Understands that different situations may call for different approaches
Facilitates effective collaboration among coworkers and external partners.
Involves others in making decisions on behalf of the group.
Fosters a sense of urgency in the team for reaching goals and meeting deadlines
Follows through on commitments.

Additional Information
Total Rewards and Benefits

Competitive Salary
Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, AD&D, and Life Insurance
Matching 401(k) Contribution
Health Savings Account
Educational Reimbursement
Matching Gift Program

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

What happens when two remarkable sustainability leaders come together as one? A sustainability powerhouse is born, making a splash in the markets they serve and saving the planet one innovative installation at a time.
In early 2022, Zurn Water Solutions Corporation, a market leader in smart, sustainable water solutions, and Elkay Manufacturing, a commercial drinking water solutions leader, agreed to combine their two exceptional firms to become a single water solutions powerhouse.
Together, the combined company offers a comprehensive package of innovative, sustainable, specified, engineered water solutions and sustainable plumbing products that provide water safety, water quality, and water conservation through critical service environments, while delivering total building solutions for new construction and retrofit applications around the globe. Our innovative solutions enable customers to advance their ESG initiatives and reduce operating costs while providing students, patients, patrons, and people within public and private spaces a safe, clean environment and access to fresh, pure, potable water – the essence of life itself.
What makes Zurn Elkay Water Solutions Corporation special is our people and our culture.
While playing a leading role in sustainability and water access are remarkable, what makes Zurn Elkay’s story so compelling is the alignment of the two well-respected companies with powerful legacies and a combined 224-year company history and shared values and cultures where people matter most.
Sustainably inspired, the company has a deep commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, water, and environmental stewardship, and giving back to the communities where we live, work and play. Our powerful legacy of caring and commitment is made possible by the exceptional people that embody Zurn Elkay’s values.
We’re looking for innovative, energetic people who want to help solve tomorrow’s challenges today. Our Total Associate Engagement core value means we work hard to ensure our associates have opportunities to grow and an inclusive culture in which to thrive. From formal training to on-the-job development and exposure to new businesses, when you join Zurn Elkay, you’ll join a collaborative organization that will give you opportunities to thrive and grow.

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