Continuous Improvement Manager

Project Management Cumberland, Maryland


Position at Hunter Douglas Fabrication Co

Continuous Improvement Manager

 Hunter Douglas has always been a home for innovative thinkers. Established by entrepreneurs, our culture is one of innovation that attracts the best and the brightest. We pride ourselves as a group of passionate and creative individuals continuously seeking out new and novel ways to advance our company, our industry and our employees. With numerous benefits encouraging wellness and growth, Hunter Douglas regards its people as its most valuable resource. 

Position Description Summary:
The CI Manager is responsible for implementing Lean Methodology and continuous improvement tools, processes, and standardization throughout the Fabrication Division. The CI Manager, in conjunction with other division is responsible for writing and enforcing new Standard Work Documents at all work stations.  This includes training, certifying,  and auditing employees to verify adherence to Standard Work and assure product is built to specification. The CI Manager drives the adherence to standard work and the execution of the Lean Management System, as well as introduces process improvements, equipment advances, layout suggestions, and new ideas to help improve SQDC, while teaching and supporting the Company mission and core values.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Engage, enhance, and fully execute the "Hunter Douglas Lean Management System"
  • Use lean manufacturing principles and tools (e.g., value stream mapping, Kaizen, Charters, 5S, Gemba walks, LMS, root cause problem solving) to identify and and develop solutions that drive operational improvement in Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost.
  • Act as primary liaison with steering committees.
  • Provide leadership by mentoring associates in the use of Lean tools, ensuring transfer of knowledge, and creating a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Collect and analyze the data on Plant processes, procedures and performance using evaluation tools and make recommendations on improvement opportunities.
  • Implement and enforce new Standard Work Documents and refresh existing Standard Work, for all work stations and products in the plant.
  • Certify, train, and audit employees in use, understanding, of Standard Work to ensure processes are followed and consistent product Quality.
  • Effectively communicate with management, peers, shifts, support groups, other Hunter Douglas Division, and employees throughout the Company.
Education, Skills and Required Experience Required:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or related degree/ diploma certified
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in a management / lean manufacturing
  • Six Sigma Certification (Green or Black Belt)
  • Experience leading/facilitating multiple kaizen events, programs, and plant lean transformation initiatives
  • Commitment to eliminate all forms of waste
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and organize work without close supervision
  • Computer and Analytical skills required