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Senior Continuous Improvement Engineer
Summary
Title:Senior Continuous Improvement Engineer
ID:1091
Department:Engineering
Location:Bedford Park, IL
Description


Senior Continuous Improvement Engineer

Location: Chicago, IL

Reports To: Site Leader

SUMMARY OF POSITION

The Continuous Improvement Manager will be a primary resource of lean expertise for the Chicago site and will lead cross-functional teams through the change process by implementation of Lean. This position is responsible for leading change, training, coaching, mentoring and facilitating Lean/Continuous Improvement concepts and principles such as Value Stream Mapping (VSM), 5S, Work Standardization, The Visual Workplace, Cellular Manufacturing, Set-up Reduction (SMED), 1 Piece Flow and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM).

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The essential duties and responsibilities of this position are listed below. This list is not all inclusive and may be amended by Northstar, from time to time.

  • Build employees' capabilities by training, holding workshops, and leading by example using the appropriate Lean tools such as Value Stream Mapping (VSM), 5S, Work Standardization, The Visual Workplace, Cellular Manufacturing, Set-up Reduction (SMED), 1 Piece Flow , Pull Systems, , Line Balance, OEE, total productive maintenance, etc.
  • Coordinate, plan and execute site-based CI initiatives for entire site
  • Achieve operational results within transformation timeline
  • Review company business processes to enhance effectiveness using CI tools for performance optimization
  • Establish standard work and best practices
  • Lead team meetings, document clear actions and enable timeline achievement
  • Interact with all functions of the operation (e.g., Finance, Purchasing, Management, Supply Chain, Engineering, Program Management, Contracts, etc.)
  • Report implementation progress to management regularly
  • Offer technical expertise on statistics, Six Sigma methodology, and best practices
  • Constantly review all operations of the business and identify improvement opportunities to beneficially impact business KPI’s
  • Support sister sites as required

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED AND/OR PREFERRED

  • Certified in either Lean Manufacturing or Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Good at project management
  • Data driven
  • Strong interpersonal skills, must be comfortable interacting with staff from Shop Floor to CEO
  • Strong PC software abilities are essential
  • Working knowledge of GD&T, SMED, Kaizen, Poke’-Yoke’, Total Productive Maintenance, DOE, SPC, Gage R&R, Change Mgmt, Project Leadership, Multi-vari Studies, Value Stream Mapping, FMEA and Control Plans.
  • Proficient with Visio, Minitab and Excel
  • This is a hands-on position and requires regular and deep interaction with Hourly and Salary employees, and expected to be on the Shop Floor for a major part of your schedule.
  • Strong influencing and presentation skills are required.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
  • Education Required: Bachelor's degree, preferably mechanical, industrial or manufacturing. Advanced degree desirable.
  • Experience Required: 5+ years of Lean manufacturing experience is a must. Must have led several continuous improvement projects related to Lean and Six Sigma within a manufacturing environment. Must be able to organize, plan, lead and conclude Kaizen Events.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, talking, hearing, seeing, writing and typing
  • Occasional lifting of up to 30 pounds
  • Occasional reaching, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, pushing, pulling, fingering, grasping, feeling, twisting and bending
  • Exposure to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles
  • Occasional exposure to moderate noise
  • The ability to wear proper personal protective equipment, including earplugs, safety glasses, safety shoes, etc.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Education Required: Bachelor's degree, preferably mechanical, industrial or manufacturing. Advanced degree desirable.
  • Experience Required: 5+ years of Lean manufacturing experience is a must. Must have led several continuous improvement projects related to Lean and Six Sigma within a manufacturing environment. Must be able to organize, plan, lead and conclude Kaizen Events.

NOTICE REQUIREMENTS

  • EEO: https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf
  • FMLA: https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/posters/fmlaen.pdf
  • EPPA: https://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/posters/eppac.pdf
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