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Continuous Improvement Specialist

Location: Elkhart
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

What would you say to a career that helps keep the world working? One where you take an active role in an industry that literally makes daily life possible for people and businesses alike? Where the rewards and opportunities for growth are as great as your ambition? Then Lake Cable is looking for you.

For more than a quarter century, Lake Cable has been a leading manufacturer of low voltage, industrial power, utility, custom OEM and broadcast-quality cables, all 100% produced in the United States. Thanks to a shared passion and commitment to our customers, we deliver the finest quality products, engineered to exacting specifications. BETTER. SMARTER. FASTER.

Headquartered in Bensenville, IL with over 450 employees and five facilities in the Midwest, Lake Cable is a privately-owned family business. That spirit of family inspires a culture where the success of every team member is a top priority, with competitive benefits and paths to advancement. Our richly diverse team is also committed to sustainability, community involvement, and ethical business practices. Because we believe it's the only way to do business.

If you're ready for a leap forward, we should talk. Lake Cable. When Delivery Matters---

Paid time off
401(k) match
Health insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Life insurance (company paid)
Voluntary Life/AD&D
Voluntary Life/AD&D (child)
Short-term disability (company paid)
Long-term disability (company paid)
Accident Insurance
Critical Illness Insurance
Employee assistance program
Flexible spending account
Tuition reimbursement
Referral program
Production bonus
Competitive pay
Position Summary:
The Continuous Improvement Engineer is responsible for the delivery of process innovation and continuous improvement initiatives across multi-jurisdictions. The Continuous Improvement Engineer plays an important role in helping to foster a culture of sustainable change through the creation and embedding of LEAN methodology, and the supporting framework, to deliver business transformation.

Essential Functions:
Identify and deliver service improvement activity across the business through employing process improvement methodologies and the application of innovative thinking
Work with key business stakeholders, and multi-jurisdictional 'LEAN champions', to build a continuous improvement environment to support an ongoing program of change
Lead and facilitate LEAN/process improvement based workshops to drive ideas and solutions
Support the delivery of better value and greater efficiency through the identification and elimination of unnecessary complexity within business processes and identification of better ways of working
Identify trends and process variations as part of establishing a continuous improvement monitoring system
Assist in the development and implementation of a 'best-in-class' continuous improvement strategy
Take ownership of change initiatives from evolution/efficiency identification through to project delivery via internal governance and controls
Elicit requirements and drive process change using staff interviews, document analysis, requirements workshops, surveys, site visits, business process descriptions, business analysis, and workflow analysis
Work with other team members and business services departments to devise new support material based on the revised processes, to include training, reporting and systems enhancements
Actively monitor project risks to foresee/identify potential problems and proactively identify solutions to address in advance
Ensure the business impact and project objectives/dependencies are identified, reported on and managed at all times
Set up programs, deliver coaching and run projects pan jurisdiction
Complete post-implementation reviews to ensure successful delivery has been achieved and to ensure that improvements can be made for future projects

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to set-up, facilitate and lead service improvement sessions with a range of business stakeholders (incl. Experience of process/value stream mapping)
Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, including Project, Visio, Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
Ownership and follow through for ideas from inception to delivery, in an environment that requires robust metrics to confirm success
Experience of designing or implementing a framework of continuous improvement in a multijurisdictional organization
Experience of hands-on implementation of continuous improvement programs and Lean solutions
Experience of designing remediation plans to address productivity and efficiency issues, and track record of following through to ensure closure
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of business partners, senior Engineers, and subject matter experts
Strong analytical, project and product management skills, including a thorough understanding of how to interpret business needs and translate them into operational requirements
Experience of the whole project life cycle, able to operate in the initial conceptual design stage, in the depths of system testing, and at each stage in between

Minimum accredited Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Minimum 5-7 years proven continuous improvement analytical experience from a similar role, including project management and business analysis
Excellent understanding of continuous improvement concepts including Six Sigma, Lean, value stream mapping
Bachelor's degree required
Experience working in a manufacturing environment is preferred


Keywords: LAKE CABLE, LLC, Elkhart , Continuous Improvement Specialist, Other , Elkhart, Indiana

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