Continuous Improvement Engineer

Posting Date 1 month ago(4/29/2021 4:25 PM)
Requisition ID
Job Location(s)
Vandergrift PA United States
Less than 10%
Position Type
Full Time
Cook Vandergrift


The Continuous Improvement Engineer is responsible for supporting the improvement of key performance indicators of Cook Inc via optimizing and reducing waste in manufacturing processes, support areas and/or other company continuous improvement initiatives. The Continuous Improvement Engineer utilizes analytical skills and Lean/Six Sigma methodologies, techniques, and tools to identify improvement opportunities, solve problems and deploy a Lean culture as well as teaches, coaches, and mentors others to utilize the same methodologies to improve their processes and solve problems.


- Daily analyze Cook processes (manufacturing, transactional, etc.) and data sources (jbase, business objects, etc.) by utilizing problem solving methodologies to identify root causes and develop appropriate solutions. As needed, assess results of changed processes, document results via data analysis and written project summaries, communicate results to team members and stakeholders.
- Daily communicate to the appropriate level (management to end-users) of the organization to gain approval, sponsorship, and/or buy in for potential improvements initiatives. Daily collaboration and communication with appropriate cross-functional teams to develop solutions that work for the affected groups in the organization.
- Daily coach, teach, and mentor others improvement and problem solving initiatives including, but not limited to, look at key performance indicators to make decisions, identify and eliminate wastes, identify root causes, and develop appropriate solutions.
- Represent and coach others a culture of continuous improvement by asking questions to challenge the status quo, reviewing processes for improvement or optimization opportunities, teaching Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma principles.
- Act as a Lean Change Agent and be able to motivate people to embrace change.

- Weekly develop and track KPIs (key performance indicators).
- Conduct time studies to develop efficient process flow, increase productivity and balance the manufacturing processes.
- Identify potential new projects and bottleneck operations based on data analysis.
- Support the development and implementation of Lean tools and concepts such as Daily Management, 6S, Kaizen Events, Problem Solving, Yamazumi, VSM etc.
- Must maintain all training requirements for the position, while seeking out opportunities for continuous development and growth.
- Prepare and maintain accurate documentation consistent with the requirements of pertinent regulations and Cook’s Quality Management System where applicable
- Must work and interact effectively and professionally with and for others throughout various levels of the global organization.
- Must strictly adhere to safety requirements.
- Must maintain company quality and quantity standards.
- Must have effective communication skills and ability to work in a collaborative and independent work situations and environments with minimal supervision.
- Ability to remain calm and receptive in fast paced situations.



- Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology or related discipline.
- Minimum 3 years manufacturing engineering experience in a regulated industry.
- Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification preferable.
- Experience using Project Management Tools and concepts.

- Ability to understand the overall and detailed functions of a business software application.
- Proficient in Microsoft Word/Excel/Outlook.


Physical Requirements:

- Works under general office environment conditions.
- Utilizes close visual acuity for working with computers and equipment.
- Frequently required to sit, stand, walk, and communicate.
- Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, subject to reasonable accommodation requirements under the ADA.


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