Process Improvement Manager

Location: Reading, PA

Continuous Improvement Engineering Manager. The Continuous Improvement Engineering Manager will

Lead the Process Engineering and Continuous Improvement team, overseeing their direction, coordination, and evaluation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a resource for the organization in applying continuous improvement techniques such as Six Sigma, Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, and other methods.
  • Direct the Continuous Improvement (CI) group, facilitating their interactions with maintenance and operations to drive site-wide improvements.
  • Participate in site-wide planning activities, including capital management and inventory control.
  • Support corporate and local initiatives (e.g., SAP, PIS).
  • Oversee the development and training of CI personnel; organize and facilitate special CI events to enhance plant performance, reduce waste, and improve yield and production processes.
  • Engage with production personnel to encourage participation in identifying improvement opportunities.
  • Collaborate with the accounting team to quantify, measure, and report cost savings and project expenditures, ensuring projects remain within budget.
  • Act as a liaison and facilitator for both inter-company and intra-company initiatives.
  • Communicate company and department goals, achievements, issues, solutions, practices, changes, and policies effectively. Encourage positive communication and enforce all company policies, rules, and regulations.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required (engineering background highly preferred).
  • Minimum of 6 years of related experience in a manufacturing environment with a hands-on approach to driving improvements.
  • Experience with titanium and melting processes is beneficial (desired, not required).
  • Ability and willingness to manage in a 24/7 manufacturing environment, including working varied hours, addressing issues with back-shift personnel, solving problems, and responding to emergencies.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Expertise in Theory of Constraints (TOC) and Lean Manufacturing, with the ability and desire to act as the site expert and instructor in these areas.
  • Six Sigma Black Belt certification preferred.
  • Required knowledge and experience in statistics.
  • Experience with ISO9000 is advantageous (desired, not required).
  • Strong leadership and analytical skills.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and interact with all levels of the organization.
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