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Continuous Improvement Engineer

Location: Michigan City, Indiana, United States
Job ID: R0053311
Date Posted: May 29, 2024
Segment: Connective Industries
Business Unit: Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems
Company Name: HITACHI GLOBAL AIR POWER US, LLC
Profession (Job Category): Engineering & Science
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Description

Summary of the position:

The Continuous Improvement Specialist will lead business process evaluation sessions, and process consistency between users/systems. While leading several continuous improvement initiatives, this specialist will measure data, monitor processes, and identify opportunities for improvement. This person will also evaluate existing manufacturing processes, analyze implemented changes, and recommend adjustments to workflows, schedules, and other processes as needed.

The position is located at the manufacturing plant of Hitachi Global Air Power in Michigan City, Indiana, and reports to the Continuous Improvement Manager. 

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead cross-functional continuous projects designed to analyze and design sequence of operations and workflows for improved efficiencies.
  • Assist in the accountability for the day-to-day decisions that directly impact the quality, efficiency, and profitability of the manufacturing, inventory, engineering, and support operations.
  • Evaluate and recommend projects/programs providing improvements in key areas (e.g. Safety, Quality, Delivery, and Cost).
  • Leverage lean manufacturing, six sigma, business process management/reengineering, and process improvement tools to drive transformation.
  • Analyze data collected from sensors on the manufacturing floor for real-time visibility of manufacturing assets.
  • Clean, analyze, interpret, and display data using a variety of business intelligence tools such as Microsoft Power BI, R, and Python.
  • Employ sophisticated problem-solving approaches such as optimization, data mining, statistical analysis, and modelling to provide solutions that help operations function more efficiently and cost-effectively.
  • Prepare management reports and briefings that provide trends, patterns, and predictions using relevant data.
  • Manage multiple projects with dynamic shifting priorities and targets.
  • Implement digital technologies to increase automation and improve production.
  • Develop tools for performing predictive and prescriptive maintenance (PdM/RxM) to minimize equipment downtime and increase production rates.
  • Identify and implement ambitious world class standards that are measured, monitored and achievable.

Qualifications:

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Manufacturing, Data Science, Supply Chain Management, or Equivalent Degree.
  • Current Six Sigma Black/Green Belt, Project Management Professional (PMP), or Lean Certification a plus.

Professional experience:

  • 4+ years of successful continuous improvement experience with demonstrable tangible financial benefit.
  • Demonstrated successful project management experience and business acumen.
  • Demonstrated experience with ensuring effective change management, development, and execution.
  • Humble: respectful, receptive, agile, eager to learn.
  • Transparent: shares critical information, speaks with candor, contributes constructively, strong communicator.
  • Focused: quick learner, strategically prioritizes work, committed.
  • Problem solver: analytical-minded, challenges existing processes, critical thinker.
  • Knowledge of current manufacturing, EHS, supply chain, quality, Lean, and transformation technologies.
  • Strong financial and business acumen and experience leading customer-facing discussions.
  • Strong collaborative skills and ability to successfully work in a matrix environment.
  • Ability to analyze data, multitask and problem solve in a fast-paced challenging environment.
  • Experience with Apache Spark, Hadoop, Power BI, Python, R, SAP, SQL, and/or Tableau a plus.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time.

Physical requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, talk, and/or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, sit, and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Direct reports:

  • none

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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