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Posted on: Jul.27.2021

Job Description

For our production plant in Zwickau we are currently looking for a Continuous Improvement Manager

Leads the site’s continuous improvement initiatives designed to eliminate non-value added activities while improving operational excellence. Ensures existing processes maintain a high level of performance while continuously reviewing and refining those processes. Responsible for the establishment of an operational excellence culture throughout all plant operations with emphasis on sustainable improvement. Drives change management across all business levels and teams. Leads teams to successful implementation of continuous improvement initiatives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Manages CI projects strategies for transactional and / or manufacturing operations within a facility.
• Performs gap analysis to identify deficiencies in business processes and programs and recommends countermeasures to address gaps.
• Initiates CI Projects that will reduce waste, improve efficiency and improve output. Links process deficiencies directly to bottom line impact.
• Leads cross-functional project teams formed to implement change and drives continuous improvement.
• Drives projects with a focus on continuous improvement of safety, quality, cost, and delivery.
• Uses appropriate problem-solving tools to provide rapid improvement with sustainable results.
• Ensures adherence to standard processes for data collection, documentation and reporting.
• Plans budget and manages costs related to continuous improvement initiatives.
• Manages, trains and mentors team members.
• Builds project plans, including resources, timeline, critical paths, etc.
• Participates in continuous improvement reviews with plant and / or Regional Management.

Education / Experience:

• Bachelor’s Degree required.
• 10 + years of experience in operations required.
• 3+ years of hands-on continuous improvement experience required.
• Black Belt or Master Black Belt certification required.


• Must have thorough understanding of cycle time reduction, waste reduction, yield improvement, productivity and throughput improvement.
• Hands-on experience using Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement methods (LEAN, TPM, Six Sigma, TQM).
• Proven leadership skills to coach and lead teams to fully deliver chartered objectives and projects.
• Demonstrated project management experience.
• Proficient with Microsoft Applications: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
• Must be a self-starter with excellent organizational skills in project management to handle multiple tasks concurrently.
• Advanced problem solving capabilities and attention to detail.


• Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected 10% of the time.


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