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Continuous Improvement Engineer, Quality

Location: Michigan City, Indiana, United States
Job ID: R0045149
Date Posted: Mar 19, 2024
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 Hitachi Global Air Power’s operations to analyze processes and practices for improvement opportunities. They develop, manage, and lead cross-functional continuous improvement projects in alignment with Hitachi Global Air Power’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 Hitachi Global Air Power.

This position is located on-site in Michigan City, Indiana.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Train, coach, and motivate personnel in the understanding and adoption of new practices, processes, and systems, including Six Sigma
  • Predict future COPQ considering product reliability based on analysis results
  • Measures and drives internal quality performance improvements for Quality KPIs: Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ)
  • Lead and assist root cause analysis investigations for key customer quality issues and COPQ
  • Investigate and analyze processes across function for gaps and bottlenecks based on standards, best practices, and performance metrics
  • Works with operations on process evaluation and continuous improvement.
  • Lead projects to improve quality of processes, products, and components, as a result of internal/external findings, customer complaints, and warranty analysis.  Perform joint analysis of complex problems with Engineering, Manufacturing, Supplier Quality, and other departments, to determine root cause and support development of countermeasures.
  • 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
  • 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 REQUIRED (Preferably Industrial or Mechanical)
  • ASQ CQE, PMP & Six Sigma Black Belt certification preferred.

Professional experience:

  • 5+ of experience of Continuous Improvement Engineering in Manufacturing, preferably of heavy equipment or automotive.
  • Ability to take initiative on projects.
  • Advanced quality assurance experience
  • 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
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.

Key Skills & Behaviors:

  • Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Quality Assurance
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Data Analytics
  • Organized
  • Critical Thinking
  • Strong Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  • Driven
  • Team Oriented
  • Growth Mindset

Direct reports:

  • N/A

The successful candidate is responsible for complying with Hitachi Global Air Power US 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.

Hitachi Global Air Power US 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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