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Continuous Improvement Specialist

Job ID: JRA21412
Date Posted: Mar 7, 2022
Segment: Industry
Business Unit: Hitachi Industry & Distribution
Company Name: JR Automation
Profession (Job Category): Engineering & Science
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Remote: No

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As a QMS & Continuous Improvement Consultant you will report to the Director of PMO (Project Management) and utilize Lean Six Sigma tools to drive initiatives within the organizations.  Responsibilities include providing structured problem-solving options and illustrating measured results.  You will demonstrate the ability to lead teams that will improve processes & eliminate waste.  You will also have ownership of the company QMS (ISO 9001 - Quality Management System). 

What You’ll Do:

  • Plan, develop, and execute Continuous Improvement activities within the assigned Business Unit utilizing Lean Six Sigma tools & other business tools:
    • Assist in the prioritization of initiatives
    • Establish measurement criteria, quantify targeted results, and identify anticipated benefits
    • Improve processes by eliminating waste
    • Maintain Esys’s database of continuous improvement activities
  • Lead cross-functional teams to the successful completion of continuous improvement initiatives by:
    • Generating clear problem statements/gap analysis
    • Involving affected functions within the company to ensure their ideas and concerns are considered.
    • Identifying actionable metrics and benchmarks to track improvements
    • Training and empowering each team to lead projects and work to share best practices with other Business Units
    • Providing motivation, focus, and direction to team members
    • Preparing and presenting regular updates summarizing project results
    • Evaluating and ensuring project effectiveness
  • Ownership of the company QMS (ISO 9001 - Quality Management System)
    • Write and maintain company processes (QMS, procedures, work instructions, forms, references, flow charts, etc.)
    • Conduct, or assist in conducting QMS (ISO) audits (formal & informal)
    • Encourage the use of QMS throughout the organization
  • Train / mentor others (manager individual contributors) in Lean Six Sigma tools and methods with emphasis on problem identification, establishing base lines, and root cause analysis.
  • Coach / mentor individuals at all levels of the company who are engaged in process improvement, problem identification and solution implementation.
  • Look for and anticipate the need for improvement and serve as a catalyst for change.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships across all business functions and all levels of the organization. Earn the trust and respect of fellow team members
  • Help maintain a teamwork culture company-wide through example, experience, positive attitude, encouragement, and training.
  • Review performance data to measure productivity, efficiency, and utilization to determine areas that need improvement.
  • Drive process improvements in the organization and work area to optimize efficiency
  • Demonstrate a commitment to upholding the highest standards of safety, on time delivery, and quality of our products.
  • Assist and coordinate activities for PMO.
  • Preparation of reports as related to continuous improvement, QMS, or PMO (project management office), as needed.
  • Serve as in-house consultant for Lean Six Sigma
Note:  This list of responsibilities is by no means inclusive; however, it is intended to be a guideline for activities. 

What You’ll Bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree or 3+ years of experience deploying Lean Six Sigma, including experience in both direct and indirect (transactional) processes.
  • Six Sigma Green Belt and / or SME Silver Lean certification, Black Belt certification highly desirable.

Skills You'll Have:

  • Have led multiple continuous improvement projects and / or formal Kaizen events.
  • Must have the ability to become proficient in company systems, process, and tools (SAS, MS Dynamics, etc.)
  • Experience in custom engineered solutions businesses or factory automation is ideal.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and related software
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to manage multiple tasks and initiatives with varying priorities.
  • Experience with writing business processes and procedures
  • Experience conducting training classes is desirable
  • Knowledge of ISO 9001 is desirable

Company Overview:

Esys Automation is a leading full-service automation solutions provider to the automotive industry with locations in Auburn Hills, Sterling Heights & Pontiac, Michigan.  For the last six years, Esys has been recognized as one of the Top Work Places according to the Detroit Free Press.  Our teams enjoy a level of autonomy and responsibility that promotes innovative thinking, excellence and a sense of ownership.  Established in 1999, Esys was acquired by JR Automation in 2018.   

We value creativity, assertiveness, quick thinking and a passion for technology.  Come think, solve, and create with us! 

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