Sutter Health Senior Lean Consultant - Sutter Improvement System (Modesto) (Full Time - Days) in Modesto, California


The Senior Lean Consultant is a key resource for driving a Lean-based management system across the organization. The Senior Lean Consultant will be part of a team responsible for teaching and coaching administrators, clinicians and front line staff on the application of Lean to solve organizational problems. The Senior Lean Consultant leads and manages affiliate and/or region-wide value streams and complex program-level initiatives. Supports the strategy deployment cycle and coaches senior leaders in the development of their Lean leadership competencies. The Senior Lean Consultant leads the development and execution of training and infrastructure for the Lean Promotion Office.



  • Bachelor's degree required in Business or Health Administration or related field from an accredited college or university.

  • Master's degree preferred.


  • Requires experience implementing large scale improvement programs and projects, and demonstrated experience with consulting on complex systems and projects as typically acquired with 7-10 years related work experience and 5 years experience in a dedicated Lean role involving coaching and/or consulting at the enterprise level.

  • Success in managing and achieving results across a large organization.

  • Experience leading organization-wide Lean transformation work with evidence of increasing level of responsibility.

  • Prior management experience; healthcare industry experience and / or consulting or project management experience involving multiple functional departments / areas strongly preferred.


  • Deep knowledge of and experience successfully training and implementing the following tools and concepts is required (2P, 3P, Value Stream Mapping, Strategic problem solving, Kaizen Events, Lean management system, including leader standard work, More advanced concepts such as Executive Leader Standards, Process at a glance, Design of informatics tool kits, Strategy Deployment).

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and listening) with ability to work effectively across the organization, especially in situations requiring instructing, persuading, negotiating, resolving conflict, consulting and advising.

  • Must be comfortable speaking in public and to various audiences.

  • A demonstrated ability to coach senior level leaders, balancing their needs with the goals of the Lean initiatives.

  • Exceptional consulting skills and a demonstrated track record of positive relationships with previous clients.

  • Skilled in teaching improvement concepts and principles to diverse audiences from senior management to frontline staff.

  • A demonstrated track record of successfully working with and motivating diverse work teams, preferably including physician, facilitating complex teams and managing change.

  • Able to plan, organize, motivate, mentor, direct and evaluate the work of others.

  • Able to manage multiple enterprise-wide initiatives and consulting teams to achieve project goals. Able to perform complex tasks, prioritize multiple projects, and work under pressure to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

  • Highly proficient in all applications of Microsoft Office, with an emphasis on Excel, Powerpoint, Visio, Word and Outlook.

  • Preferred: Understanding of healthcare industry & terminology.

Primary Location: California, Central Valley, Modesto

Organization: Sutter Valley Hospital

Employee Status: Regular

Employee Referral Bonus: No

Benefits: Yes

Position Status: Exempt

Union: No

Job Shift: Day

Shift Hours: 8 Hour Shift

Days of the Week Scheduled: Monday-Friday

Weekend Requirements: None

Schedule: Full Time

Hrs Per 2wk Pay Period: 80

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, registered domestic partner status, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin (including possession of a driver's license issued to individuals who did not present proof of authorized presence in the U.S.), age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or protected veteran status, political affiliation, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition, genetic information or any other characteristic made unlawful by local, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation. External hires must pass a background check/drug screening. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.