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Continuous Improvement Engineer

Greensboro, NC 27403

Posted: 04/05/2024 Employment Type: Permanent Job Category: Direct Hire Job Number: JV251643328 Pay Rate: $75000-80000 / year

Job Description

The focus of the Continuous Improvement Engineer is to complete plant projects by removing waste in the system through data gathering, employee engagement, problem solving and innovation. The goal of this position is to support our mission to provide employment and personal development for people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve greater independence by improving accessibility, product quality, employee safety and morale, and to reduce conversion cost in the plant. Reporting to the Lean and Quality Manager, the CI Engineer will contribute highly to supporting our mission and to the efficient operation of the plant. Working as part of a team, this individual will have accountability for improving accessibility and reducing conversion cost. This role has a direct impact on the plant’s mission and profitability.Essential Duties Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
  • Develops, implements, and monitors the Continuous Improvement (CI) Roadmap
  
  • Using a data driven approach, plans and implements CI projects to reduce waste and eliminate vision barriers to support the CI Roadmap.        Projects will range in size and complexity from “Just Do It” to fully planned multi-day kaizen events.
  • Collaborates with all functional departments (Engineering, Production, Quality, Maintenance, Purchasing, Finance and Human Resources) to assist in developing, prioritizing, and executing our mission and improvement targets.
  • Actively and regularly review our practices to identify opportunities and advise on appropriate organizational interventions for improving our systems and practices to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Initiates and drives Continuous Improvement (Lean) activities to improve performance including accessibility, environment, processes, equipment/ machinery, and Materials/ Inventory management.        Develops methods, procedures, and work instructions to support and maintain these improvements.
  • Monitors progress to continuous improvement KPIs and advances the transformation to world class over time through continued improvement and coaching.  
  • Maintains the CI database to drive improvements to conclusion and report on results.
  • Leads VSM, 5S and Kaizen events.
  • Drives lean training and implements a lean toolkit utilizing PDCA, VSM, Kaizen, problem solving, 5S, etc.
  • Develops and implements a Lean Training regimen to improve the breadth and depth of our employees to foster increased employee education and engagement.
  • Actively participates in New Product and Process Introductions to incorporate Lean and Continuous Improvements strategies during initial product launches.
Supervisory Responsibilities         NoneRequired Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge and proven skills in Lean Manufacturing methods.
  • Knowledgeable in advanced problem-solving techniques and process improvement methodologies such as Six Sigma (DMAIC), flow and Kaizen process, Value Stream Mapping (VSM). 
  • Related professional certifications (Black Belt, Six Sigma, Lean Champion, etc.) desired.
  • Ability to apply standard industrial engineering practices.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office (MS Excel, Access, Project) and manufacturing operation systems.
  • Proficiency with MRP systems and Inventory Management practices
 

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