Continuous Improvement Engineer

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    January 20, 2021
    Portland, OR
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    The position plays a key role in the Lean culture transformation. This person facilitates the deployment of the Lean strategy for the site; Delivers training and workshop (kaizen) facilitation to deliver improvements to targeted customer focused teams; Works hands-on with leadership and cross-functional teams to execute continuous improvement projects; Performs administrative tasks tied to Lean projects; Identifies and shares best practices for broader adoption across other customer focused teams in the site; Develops the Lean skills of the site to create Lean facilitators.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Work with the Lean Site Lead to determine the Customer Focus Team level action plan that supports the strategy deployment plan for Lean Six Sigma at the site.
    • Mentor / develop the skills of candidates for future Lean Facilitators.
    • Execute their assigned deliverables from the Site Strategy Deployment plan. This includes the delivery of training and providing facilitation of kaizen and workshops for cross-functional teams.
    • Identify best practices and share with their department members for possible deployment in other teams within the site.
    • Participate in and/or lead the Gemba (“go and see”) activities with the senior team at the site.
    • Regularly assist in providing training and work guidance to others (while doing similar work) on job content or work methods and procedures.
    • Train Site on Lean Concepts.
    • Assist in facilitating Kaizen Events.
    • Manage/Drive Lean projects and key performance indicators.
    • Drive SQDCM communication/metrics board development and activities.
    • Lead and/or participate in time/load studies, process flow mapping, value stream mapping sessions, spaghetti diagram exercises, workload analysis, built in quality activity, 5S.
    • Define process problems that lead to throughput or quality issues, evaluates cause of problem, implements solutions to stabilize processes, evaluates results.
    • Automate where ever possible.


    • Lean/Six Sigma knowledge, workshop/kaizen facilitation, proven competency to deliver introductory training, change management
    • Drive business results through the application of Lean methods
    • Strong project management skills and ability to multitask
    • Ability to inspire, motivate and lead cross-functional team members
    • Quick learner, hungry for knowledge
    • Excellent verbal/written communication skills
    • Passion for challenging status quo and driving continuous improvement
    • Engineering foundation competencies
    • Knowledge of industry and quality standards
    • Good organization skills
    • Ability to evaluate, diagnose and troubleshoot problems
    • Knowledge of materials and components used in the construction of systems and subassemblies
    • Knowledge of industry and quality standards for incoming materials
    • Ability to evaluate materials, gather and analyze data and determine root cause of problems
    • Ability to effectively communicate with a variety of internal and external customers
    • Competency with MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint; Solidworks and Minitab knowledge a plus
    • Successful experience in cross-functional collaboration
    • Competency to deliver introductory training


    • 3+ years of experience working in a Continuous Improvement capacity in a manufacturing environment
    • Hands-on involvement in delivering kaizen projects
    • Experience executing cost reduction projects


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial, Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering or other applicable engineering degrees
    • Green Belt or higher certification a plus

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