IBM Watson Health - Senior Consultant in Chicago, Illinois

Job Description

With over 150 consultants and professional staff in North America and Europe, Simpler Consulting, an IBM Company, is a leading management consulting firm helping organizations around the globe improve performance through excellence in executive development, process improvement, innovation, employee engagement, and operational transformation. Since 1996, Simpler has been a trusted partner to our clients as they create a culture that continuously seeks out opportunities to make improvements and stimulate business-impacting results. With its proprietary Simpler Business System ® , Simpler has helped clients create and deploy the right strategies, improve processes, and implement organization-wide transformations.

Every day, our Senior Consultants take on exciting assignments and inspire our clients, with the goal of bringing about lasting and meaningful change. We come from diverse backgrounds, and serve clients in diverse fields including manufacturing, healthcare, financial services, aerospace, and the military. Our Senior Consultants share certain important traits. Most are former CEOs, COOs and high-level managers with serious experience under their belts. Their strong leadership skills make them mentors and role models. They are always looking, listening and learning, and when they speak, they do so honestly and with respect. They are relentlessly reflecting, looking for ways to improve and better serve their clients.

Simpler Consulting was acquired by IBM in April 2016. This exciting development has opened opportunities for synergistic collaboration between IBM’s technical offerings and Simpler’s expertise in management consulting and process improvement. New technology is most effective when it is understood within the context of current processes and organizational culture. Organizations that leverage the change brought on by new technologies to increase employee involvement and improve processes reduce risks and reap greater returns on their technology investments while creating and sustaining a more engaged workforce.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

§ A minimum of 10 years’ experience of increasing responsibilities, the last two of which include management of a large multi-disciplinary organization.

§ Thorough understanding and demonstrated application of the Toyota Production System ® .

§ High-level problem-solving skills.

§ Mentoring and developing others on Lean operations and management systems.

§ Applying change management methods to increase the likelihood of successful change, build buy-in, and ensure sustainability of the change effort.

§ Deep industry expertise.

§ Understanding of business operations, strategies and in-depth business function tactics.

§ Experience coaching and leading team-based improvement events.

§ Significant hands-on process improvement experience including ability to turn strategy into action by creating and sustaining standard work and teaching daily problem-solving techniques that support technical process changes.

§ Passionate self-learner who enjoys teaching others and illuminating concepts with personal examples.

Interpersonal Skills

The candidate should be a proven change agent who is results-oriented and leads an organization through his/her own inspiration and example. Integrity and trust are of utmost importance in the candidate’s ability to achieve the desired results. In addition, the candidate must create an open and transparent atmosphere and be willing and able to work in multi-cultural environments.

Key skills and knowledge required include:

§ Ability to work with executives and senior managers under pressure

§ Proven capability for developing and sustaining key relationships.

§ Leadership skills

§ Consistency in meeting or exceeding agreed upon performance targets

§ Listening skills

§ Influencing and negotiating skills

§ Mentoring / coaching skills

§ Presentation and teaching skills

Responsibilities

§ Deliver sustainable results by teaching and coaching principles and techniques based upon the Toyota Production System ® , which includes eliminate waste, create value, improve process flow, develop & document standard work, visual management and pull systems.

§ Serve as a trusted business advisor for senior leaders and managers.

§ Guide clients in the development and implementation of strategy deployment.

§ Coach and transfer knowledge to develop leader behaviors that build a culture of engagement and problem-solving.

§ Develop front-line employees and supervisors by coaching and leading week-long improvement events and daily problem-solving techniques.

§ Build long-term client relationships and engage in business development activities; Build a solid professional network to promote and develop strategic business opportunities.

Travel

§ Senior consultants arrive at the client sites at 8AM on Mondays and leave at Noon on Fridays. You will travel two to three weeks per month, depending on your client assignments. Ideally, a senior consultant will be booked three weeks per month with one week in the office.

Value Proposition

§ Choice of location: Your office is in your home – no need to relocate. Simpler consultants work virtually which allows you to live anywhere, assuming you are within reasonable driving distance from an airport.

§ Schedule Flexibility: While the number of days per month will be defined by the client contract, you will work with the client in setting your schedule, e.g., working to avoid a desired vacation week.

§ Comradery: Work with like-minded professionals who are passionate about teaching others to see and eliminate waste, continuously improving, and transforming organizations.

§ Professional Development: As a management consultant, you will have a front-row seat to a broad range of organizations. You will interact with executives and leaders across various industries and gain invaluable insights that will benefit you, regardless of where your career takes you from here. Both Simpler and IBM place a high priority on individual skill development

you will have many opportunities to further your knowledge and skills, including participation in Simpler’s Residency Program that will prepare you for success at your first client site.

§ Autonomy with Support: You will be your clients’ primary contact with Simpler. You may work in conjunction with one or two other Simpler members, but for the most part, you will advise your client as you deem appropriate in alignment with the transformation continuum. Of course, experienced Simpler leaders will always be available for consultation, advice, and support.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

§ A minimum of 10 years’ experience of increasing responsibilities, the last two of which include management of a large multi-disciplinary organization.

§ Thorough understanding and demonstrated application of the Toyota Production System ® .

§ High-level problem-solving skills.

§ Mentoring and developing others on Lean operations and management systems.

§ Applying change management methods to increase the likelihood of successful change, build buy-in, and ensure sustainability of the change effort.

§ Understanding of business operations, strategies and in-depth business function tactics.

§ Experience coaching and leading team-based improvement events.

§ Significant hands-on process improvement experience including ability to turn strategy into action by creating and sustaining standard work and teaching daily problem-solving techniques

Preferred Tech and Prof Experience

§ A minimum of 10 years’ experience of increasing responsibilities, the last two of which include management of a large multi-disciplinary organization.

§ Thorough understanding and demonstrated application of the Toyota Production System ® .

§ High-level problem-solving skills.

§ Mentoring and developing others on Lean operations and management systems.

§ Applying change management methods to increase the likelihood of successful change, build buy-in, and ensure sustainability of the change effort.

§ Understanding of business operations, strategies and in-depth business function tactics.

§ Experience coaching and leading team-based improvement events.

§ Significant hands-on process improvement experience including ability to turn strategy into action by creating and sustaining standard work and teaching daily problem-solving techniques

EO Statement

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.