Six Sigma Black Belt (SSBB) project managers are highly specialized business professionals who have been trained and certified in the most effective techniques in the business world. Six Sigma is an education program that originated in 1985; this program develops individuals and gives them strategies and cognitive tools to improves processes at their company. This means that SSBB project managers are experts at identifying problems or issues in business processes and providing solutions to these problems. Usually, these types of individuals are employed in manufacturing, production or business settings. On a day to day basis, they are assigned to and oversee a particular process of a given company with the goal of minimizing variability and maximizing efficiency and workflow. Individuals who train with Six Sigma are also taught expert techniques in business communication and the administration of discipline and motivation.
Since SSBB project managers fulfill highly specialized positions, there are a great deal of employment prerequisites. A bachelor’s degree is a necessity, usually in a field pertinent to the industry of the companies for whom they would like to work. In addition, they must have prior certification from the Six Sigma program at the Black Belt position in the hierarchy, which is one of the highest positions one can obtain. This position also requires a great deal of data analysis, the use of organizational and management skills, and being a poised presenter.
Six Sigma Black Belt Project Manager Tasks
- Communicate and implement changes to improve efficiency, workflow, and productivity.
- Review task statuses with team members and address any obstacles.
- Plan, document, execute, and monitor projects using lean methodologies.
- Lead cross-functional teams to achieve diverse objectives in replicable, scalable ways.