Six Sigma Roles Sponsor The sponsor is the ultimate owner of a project.

He or she dedicates project lead ers (Green Belts or Black Belts) and members to work on the project. The sponsor will review and approves projects and recommendations that are within hisher au thority. A sponsor will also facilitate project progress by providing guidance, resources and removing obstacles. Green Belt The Green Belts are people who are equipped with the skills and knowledge to eff ectively execute the project. They also help the Black Belt identify and priorit ise opportunities in their function and act as change agents for the quality and fact driven culture. The Green Belt often holds a regular line position and wil l, from time to time, lead process improvement projects within a division or dep artment of an organisation. Black Belt The Black Belts are key change agents and they are usually leaders for large and complex projects. They may help the Master Black Belt train and coach Green Bel ts and transfer best practices across the organisation. They work with senior le aders of the organisation to iidentify and prioritise project to drive key busin ess initiatives. The Black Belt is usually a full time position charged with pro cess management. CEO The CEO acts as the organisation sponsor. He assigns sponsorschampions and work with them to identify organisation-level issues, review performance, set targets and identity key business initiatives. He also acts as a role model, provide re sources at the organisational level and establish policies to promote the initia tive. Finance The Finance function acts as the gate keeper. They work with project teams to an alyse and translate project benefits into the P&L. They may also identify opport unities for iimprovement projects by reviewing the organisation s financial perfor mance. Human Resource The HR function acts as the catalytic agent. They are responsible for the design of the organisation structure and policy to support and promote the initiative. In some organisations, the HR function may coordinate and execute training plan s that are required to support the initiative. The HR function also plays a key role to ensure that performance management is aligned to improvement efforts. Quality Office The quality office is headed by an expert in quality and process management, usu ally a champion or a Master Black Belt. He acts as the advisor to the senior lea ders to spearhead the initiative. The quality office may provide mentorship to p rojects and manages the overall project portfolio to ensure higher degree of int egration and resource optimisation. They also conduct benchmarking and transfer of best practices.