Senior Continuous Improvement (CI) Specialist

Continuous Improvement Cheektowaga, New York


Xylem zīləm|

1) The tissue in plants that brings water upward from the roots;

2) a leading global water technology company.

We’re a global team unified in a common purpose: creating advanced technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. Developing new technologies that will improve the way water is used, conserved, and re-used in the future is central to our work. Our products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment, in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services settings. Xylem also provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced analytics solutions for water, electric and gas utilities. In more than 150 countries, we have strong, long-standing relationships with customers who know us for our powerful combination of leading product brands and applications expertise with a strong focus on developing comprehensive, sustainable solutions.

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The Role: Xylem seeks to hire a Senior Continuous Improvement Specialist to lead project teams and to execute projects aligned to critical business priorities. These projects will generate financial results and drive process improvement and efficiency.

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Lead cross-functional projects designed to analyze and design sequence of operations and work flows to improve efficiencies.
  • Conducts studies pertaining to cost control, cost reduction, inventory control, and production record systems.
  • Develop and implement plans and programs for advanced manufacturing processes and facility modifications to reduce labor hours and costs of manufacturing through Lean Manufacturing.
  • Interfaces with other departments to identify improvement opportunities for driving high quality and efficient processes
  • Mobilizes problem solving teams and supports groups to streamline processes
  • Facilitates kaizen events to drive continuous improvements in operations and office areas, including effective preparation and follow-up
  • Participates on multiple projects and applies continuous improvement techniques leveraging Lean Six Sigma methodologies to solve problems and build new capabilities.
  • Shares best practices and develops coordinated plans.
  • Be a change agent: challenge organizational leaders to drive continuous improvements and remove organizational barriers to continuous improvement processes.
  • Assist in development of long-range vision for ‘next-generation’ manufacturing plant.
  • Apply Best in Class benchmarks, cost analysis, Lean Six Sigma techniques to study manufacturing systems and operations. Identify cost and quality improvement projects.
  • Work with product engineering and development functions to enable successful product launch and VOD/VAVE initiatives

Minimum Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, Abilities, License/Certification:

  • BS/BA Degree or Equivalent
  • 5+ years of successful leadership in executing continuous improvement / Lean Six Sigma efforts and enabling efficiency, effectiveness and tangible financial benefit
  • Hands-on and demonstrated experience with continuous improvement programs including employment of Lean Six Sigma tools and methodologies
  • Experienced in problem solving techniques such as Six Sigma, A3’s, 5 Why, 8D’s and Fishbone diagrams, as well as creating documents such as FEMA’s, PFMEAs, control plans and flow charts
  • Facilitated or participated in at least 2 separate week long kaizen events while performing proper preparation and follow up
  • Demonstrated success in developing and maintaining detailed project plans for large scale projects
  • Comfortable with ambiguity
  • Demonstrated experience with ensuring effective Change Management development and execution
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • LSS Black Belt or Lean Master certification
  • 5-10 years’ experience within a manufacturing industry that does machining, assembly, and welding.
  • Experience working in union environments
  • ERP/MRP knowledge and experience
  • Robust knowledge of MS office applications including Project and Visio

Physical Demands:

(The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend and move about the facility

Work Environment:

(The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • Office: Standard office equipment; work usually performed in an office setting free from any disagreeable elements.
  • Standard weekly job hours: 40 hours
  • Travel: <10%

Xylem is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.