Continuous Improvement Manager

Dayton, Ohio, United States

Posted on 12/20/2019

Position Details


Manufacturing & Dist / Other


Manufacturing / Production


110000 -125000



Continuous Improvement Manager

World Class Consumer Products Manufacturer


A worldwide leader in Consumer Products Manufacturing offers a career-making opportunity for a Continuous Improvement Manager. Based at their Dayton, OH location, this Continuous Improvement Manager is responsible for driving Lean Transformation throughout their North American manufacturing plants, with a focus on the identification & elimination of waste and non-vale added activities. This position is an absolutely critical part of their North American Continuous Improvement Leadership Team and is considered a stepping-stone position for advancement opportunities within the company.


This progressive, World Class organization has a higher ambition and purpose...they are committed to giving back to local communities and are really focused on what matters! They have an amazing company culture, offer an excellent compensation package including bonus, and provide unlimited growth potential!


Core responsibilities:

Will have direct supervisory responsibility for Continuous Improvement Leaders and Lean Engineers

Provide strong leadership to implement & sustain their Continuous Improvement strategy

Is the catalyst for planning and execution of a Lean Transformation at manufacturing facilities located throughout North America, the bulk of which are located in the US.

Teach, coach and mentor leadership and employees in Lean Manufacturing, utilizing the company's Lean Academy

Strong focus on business performance results and key metrics in the elimination of waste


Will serve as the change facilitator, collaborating and influencing site leadership to help drive a cultural change, constantly pushing leaders to be better

Lead Kaizen events with a "hands-on" approach

Champion effective on-going communication throughout the organization on the implementation of lean thinking and best practices to advance lean competencies

Tracks, measures and reports progress on improvements using standard key performance indicators



A minimum of 10 years of progressive leadership experience implementing Lean Manufacturing and driving Lean Transformation within multiple locations


Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with a strong preference for a technical discipline, MS or MBA preferred.


Has successfully led a minimum of 25 Kaizen Events


Strong working knowledge of Lean tools & methodologies which include Standard Work, Value Stream Management, 5S, TPM, Material Replenishment, etc..


Prefer extensive Gemba based continuous improvement tools and techniques


Exceptional business acumen along with exemplary communication at all levels, written and verbal


Proven track record of results at implementing change at levels within an organization


Must have a results-oriented leadership style with strong influencing skills, is a Systems Thinker - ability to see and understand the overall picture


Must be a credible coach, mentor & teacher to all levels within an organization, from the shop floor to senior leadership


Proficiency with PC software required (Excel, Word, Visio, MS Project and Power Point)


Ability & willingness to travel as required


Fluency in Spanish and/or French a plus but not required


Key Words: Continuous Improvement, Lean, Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban, Transformation, 5S, Visual Controls, PDCA, TPM, Standard Work, VSM, TPS, Strategy, Operations, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Leadership, Influence, Industrial Engineering, Waste, Culture Change, Business Acumen, Manufacturing, Project Management, Team Building, Lean Engineer