UC San Diego SearchMenu

Lean Bench Program

Employees smiling

Learn about the Lean Bench program at UC San Diego.

Welcome to the premier year of the Lean Bench program, administered through the Office of the Chief Information Officer. Lean Bench members are a select set of campus expert practitioners of Lean Six Sigma methodology who engage and lead crucial efforts around process improvement, operational excellence, and business efficiency.

Lean Bench members support and advance UC San Diego’s Strategic Plan goal of creating an agile, sustainable, and supportive infrastructure by ensuring a dedication to service, people, and financial stewardship. The cohort of selected Lean Bench members are recognized as process improvement experts across the institution. They not only receive extensive training to ensure consistent efficiency and excellence across campus, but are also presented with opportunities to apply their skills to improve campus processes and bring value to the University.

Lean Bench members are expected to:

  • Attend a two-hour orientation.
  • Attend a three-hour training session.
  • Make a 12-month commitment to participate in the Lean Bench program.
  • Dedicate at least 15% of their time to facilitate Lean review of campus business processes.*
  • Physically attend on-campus meetings during business hours, with sufficient notice.
  • Complete at least 10 Lean review and accreditation efforts during the 12-month commitment.

At the end of the 12-month Lean Bench program, participants will amass a great deal of hands-on cross-institutional experience and be equipped to support and champion strategic process improvement initiatives in their departments/divisions and throughout UC San Diego.

Individuals may apply directly through the online application form. Preference will be given to those who have received a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt certification, or equivalent experience. 

Note: The application window is now closed.

To ensure success of this program, administrative leave with pay has been approved for orientation and training sessions so that employees may initiate fully in this important institution-wide initiative. Supervisors are asked to allow employees to fully participate, as long as the absence does not infringe upon the performance of required job duties or patient care.

We appreciate your involvement in the UC San Diego Lean Bench Program.

Dr. Vince Kellen
Campus Chief Information Officer
IT Services

* The program will support you and your department in balancing your workload, via a backfill request process.