Continuous Improvement Coordinator
POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Continuous Improvement Coordinator will lead the continuous improvement process, responsible for performing the analysis of all processes and determining opportunities for improvement. The incumbent will lead improvements efforts through proven CI / Lean / TPM tools. In addition, will be responsible for leveraging processes and executing process overhaul and/or upgrade programs for the organization. The incumbent must be a change catalyst with strong communication and time management skills.
- Lead CI implementation across the entire site. Will need to be capable of coaching all leadership team members through system ownership, can coach and train CI process down to the floor level.
- Ability to solve complex problems to root cause through formal methodology and can coach/train others on this process
- Promotes and champions the CI program throughout site leadership and onto the floor.
- Coaches and champions functions to identify and implement opportunities to improve program and process effectiveness.
- Plans and coordinates training to others who will support the Process Improvement initiatives.
- Leads problem-solving efforts to improve quality and eliminate waste/cost of poor performance at the local level.
- Applies analysis to improve process capability.
- Design, drive and perform operational analysis of business processes. Drive and track these projects to successful completion.
- Documents and institutionalizes using controls and scorecards to ensure lasting project benefits. Identifies and leverages best practices across the organization.
- Identifies key elements of process improvement and partners with process owners to deliver sustainable and repeatable change. Develops and prepares metrics and related reports.
- Evaluates health of established systems and utilizes the Plan-Do-Check-Act approach to close gaps/improve performance.
- Facilitates the development of action plans to variances as identified through the audit process.
- Provides technical direction/guidance to personnel as required.
- Functions as facility Process Improvement champion regarding tasks, projects, and operations.
Preferred Candidate Qualifications:
Education and Experience:
- Minimum four-year degree (Engineering preferred)
- Demonstrated successful performance in positions of increasing responsibility within Manufacturing/Operations (preferred previous Food Manufacturing or CI experience)
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Preferred 2-5 years working experience working in manufacturing or other related industry
- Process Improvement skills required
- TPM / JIPM experience preferred, Lean/Six Sigma certification a plus
- Knowledge of CI / Lean / TPM tools
- Knowledge of principles and methods for process improvement
- Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources
- Strong project management skills
- Excellent multi-tasking, organization, and time-management skills
- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
- Sound business acumen with corresponding analytical and judgment skills
- Strong customer focus with ability to foster effective cross-functional partnerships
- The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events)
- Strong interpersonal, facilitation, communication, and influencing skills
- The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
- The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand
Working Environment / Physical Demands:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Requires prolonged sitting and standing, bending, stooping and climbing.
- Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, photocopier, telephone, calculator and laboratory equipment.
- Requires normal range of hearing and vision (including colors) to record, prepare and communicate appropriate reports and laboratory results.
- Requires lifting up to 50 pounds. Requires exposure to machines, chemicals and solvents.
- Must understand and react favorably in all work situations.
- Must be mentally adaptable and flexible in dealing with a variety of people.
- Emotional stability and personal maturity are important attributes in this position.
- Must be able to resolve problems, handle conflict and make effective decisions under pressure.
- Ability to provide, receive, and analyze information, formulate work plans and prepare written materials and articulate goals and action plans.
- Must understand people and be able to communicate effectively.
- Ability to do simple math calculations, input data into a computer and analyze data as required.