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Continuous Improvement Engineer

Location: Michigan City, Indiana, United States
Job ID: R0015500
Date Posted: Sep 28, 2023
Segment: Connective Industries
Business Unit: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems
Profession (Job Category): Engineering & Science
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Summary of the position:

The Continuous Improvement Engineer works in all aspects of Sullair’s Operations to analyze processes and practices for improvement opportunities. They develop, manage, and lead cross-functional continuous improvement projects in alignment with Sullair’s Quality goals.  This individual must be a change advocate and successfully motivate and lead cross-functional teams to the ultimate sustainable outcome utilizing Lean Six Sigma concepts and best practices of Hitachi. The position is a communication link between all departments for the continued alignment of goals in support of continuous improvements of quality at Sullair.

This position is located on site at Sullair, 1 Sullair Way, Michigan City, Indiana, and reports to the Director of Quality.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Investigate and analyze processes across function for gaps and bottlenecks based on standards, best practices, and performance metrics
  • Develop, manage, and lead continuous improvement projects aligning with department strategy and goals
  • Manage a portfolio of quality improvement projects and execute using Six Sigma and QA tools
  • Maintain and develop methods for collecting, tracking, and displaying operational quality data and metrics
  • Lead and assist root cause analysis investigations for key customer quality issues and COPQ
  • Train, coach, and motivate personnel in the understanding and adoption of new practices, processes and systems
  • Share best practices across products and departments and drive standardization
  • Specify, justify and implement new technology and system improvements
  • Work on deploying and demonstrating modules such as Change Management, Lean Six Sigma Overview, Teamwork & Training, Visual Factory Management, Continuous Improvement, Poka-Yoke, Standard Work



  • BS Degree in Engineering (Preferably Industrial or Mechanical)

Professional experience:

  • 5-10 years of experience of Continuous Improvement in Manufacturing, preferably of heavy equipment or automotive
  • Strong experience in applying Lean Six Sigma concepts and techniques
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Proven record of motivating and leading cross-functional teams on projects
  • Experience with SAP or similar ERP systems is a plus
  • Project management experience or PMP Certification is a plus
  • 6 Sigma Black belt certification is a plus

Key Skills & Behaviors:

  • Data Analytics
  • Organized
  • Customer Focused
  • Critical Thinking
  • Good Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Driven
  • Team Oriented
  • Growth Mindset

Direct reports:

  • N/A

The successful candidate is responsible for complying with Sullair’s Code of Ethics and related policies. In performing the job, the incumbent shall take all steps necessary to comply with our safety rules and requirements and must actively support the organization's efforts to meet and exceed its goals of creating and maintaining a safe workplace.

This description is to serve as a guide. It is intended to be flexible and will continue to evolve over time with business needs and demands and may be updated periodically and at the Company's discretion.

Sullair is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate based on race, religion, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or other protected categories under applicable law, whether in recruitment, employment, promotion, transfer, compensation, or other conditions of employment.

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