Director, Lean Design Coach


Europe/UK and Houston, TX Remote

Full time


Jul 12

Lean Coach (Design), Director

Houston, TX

Farnborough, UK

Diversity Statement

At Fluor, we are proud to design and build projects and careers. This requires teams that are as unique as the projects we execute. We are committed to fostering a work environment that embraces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) for all so our employees and stakeholders benefit from the creative solutions derived as a result of embracing differences.

Transforming Project Execution at Fluor

Are you an experienced lean practitioner looking for a big challenge? Fluor is a $12.4 billion global Engineering and Construction company with 45,000 employees.  Fluor executes world-class heavy industrial projects, with major energy, infrastructure, life sciences and mining clients. Fluor’s forward looking & innovative Leadership is committed to transforming project execution with lean principles, methods and techniques applied holistically.  This is your opportunity to be part of an energetic and motivated team of seasoned coaches, who are tasked with developing lean capabilities of design and construction teams across all aspects of the project value chain – engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction. If you are up for a rewarding and interesting challenge, we’d like to talk to you!


Job Description

The Lean Coach -Director is charged with improving the lean thinking and execution capabilities of project teams – spanning front line to senior leadership levels.  You will be building lean capabilities on projects with complex technical elements, large number of design and construction partners, and distributed execution across the globe. You will be expected to coach and mentor the development of the following competencies primarily:

Lean Design and Engineering, broadly encompassing

·      Target Value Design/Set Based Concurrent Engineering/Set Based Design

•    Standard work in a Design/Engineering environment (Design Cells)

•    Leader Standard work, particularly as it relates to the work of Design Leads

•    Continuous Estimating

·      Visible and Reusable Knowledge, including the capabilities to develop Trade-off curves.

·      Visual Management using the Obeya System for design and engineering

·       Co-design/ development hackathons/Joint Design

·      Integrated Project Delivery (I2PD/IPD) implications for Design and Engineering

·      Workforce organisation/Task force arrangement for incremental design

·      Last Planner System as it pertains to detailed design and engineering

·      Lean Supply Systems in Construction and their optimization

·      Choosing By Advantages

·      Fabrication and Construction as Design Partners

·      Production Preparation Process within the Design and Engineering Phases

·      Organizing Design and Engineering by value streams



Basic Job Requirements

·      Accredited four (4) year degree in

engineering or equivalent technical education

•      Experience ranging from 3 years upwards of intense

application of Lean Methods (listed above) and Kaizen

Activity within Design and Engineering.  Demonstrated

experience of no less than 6 element implemented per year.

•      Additionally, experience ranging from 8 years upwards

of intense application of Lean Methods and Kaizen Activity

in general with preferred application in Engineering,

Procurement, Fabrication and Construction.


Other Job Requirements

In the capacity of a Lean Coach, you will be required to:

• Coach and mentor Leaders and front-line Designers and Engineers in lean methods and improvement techniques.

• Deploy Lean in accordance with the guidance,

framework, methodology & roadmap provided by the

Global Director (Lean Sensei) so that a Fluor wide

transformation is enabled.

• Support the global spread/replication of Lean design holistically,

in accordance with targets set by the Global Director for

Lean, so that efficiency and productivity gains are

leveraged worldwide.

• Create fertile ground for lean (Small Group Kaizen,

Toyota Kata, Employee ideas) as defined by the Lean

deployment roadmap

• Develop capabilities at all levels by planning and

imparting Lean training – Cultural transformation.

• Develop capability at all levels (Frontline, Supervisors

and Senior Management) to practice lean by transference

of skills, knowledge and lean values experientially.

• Report progress and be guided by the Guiding Coalition

for Lean established at either Business Line or Project level


Preferred Qualifications

• Accredited four (4) year degree or equivalent in engineering/technical preferred

• Advanced degree (e.g., Master’s degree or equivalent) in engineering discipline/technical field, or administration area preferred

• Professional engineering registration preferred

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

• Excellent leadership and decision-making skills



Degree Required




Background checks are carried out as part of any conditional offer made, including (but not limited to & role dependent) education, professional registration, employment, references, passport verifications and Global Watchlist screening.


We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes the value of a diverse workforce. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other criteria protected by governing law.

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