Continuous Improvement (CI) Specialist in Edgewood, MD

$80K - $100K(Ladders Estimates)

Smiths Detection   •  

Edgewood, MD 21040

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


5 - 7 years

Posted 37 days ago

Job Description

Drive Lean Manufacturing initiatives for functional area in support of establishing a continuous improvement culture. Promote Lean systems and culture through training, mentoring, coaching and facilitating; be a change leader in the Americas organization in cooperation with all functions and departments. Identify continuous improvement strategies supporting overall business goals and growth strategies.

Duties & Responsibilities


Provide Lean training, mentoring, coaching, and facilitation for functional teams:

• Drive kaizen events, 5S, visual management, and structured problem solving

• Provide change agent leadership and coaching at all levels of the Americas organization

• Assume ownership of Improvement initiatives and results – driving to closure and effective escalation as needed

• Apply root cause problem solving techniques (8D, Rapid Problem Solving, Shainin, etc.) in support of Plan Do Check Act (PDCA) cycle

• Facilitate and lead meetings and events

• Provide proactive CI communications and leadership for the Americas

• Educate and support the workforce on lean transformation techniques which will lead to achievement of future state targets while also providing key deliverables in the areas of first time quality, cycle time reduction, cost reduction, waste elimination, increased capacity and improved efficiency.

• Support metrics and communication on safety, quality, cost, delivery and all relevant KPI's

• Develop manufacturing strategies and goals in support of the organizational operational excellence strategy

• Use Lean manufacturing practices as guiding principles to foster a continuous improvement culture that strives for balance of respect for people and reduction of waste, resulting in performance improvements

• Embed the culture (strong link with CI lead people):

o Own and develop CI toolkit (behaviors, systems and tools)

o Develop and provide training (SES Modules)

o Run Gemba walks focused on behavioral norms & systems

• Drive the Policy Deployment Process and support Macro plan execution

o Facilitate PDM – Policy Deployment Matrix , macro plan sessions and lean events

• Drive SES (Smiths Excellence System):

o SES Knowledge Portal

o SES Academy

o Align with Global CI as the Americas Detection Representative

• Ensure consistency of the use of CI tools and systems

• Ensure standardization of the application of CI tools across the Americas

• Support division or other functions as required

• Benchmark (internal & external) processes

The Individual

Education /Experience:

• Bachelor of science degree or equivalent experience

• Minimum 5 years lean or continuous improvement experience

• Green Belt certification preferred; Black Belt certification is a plus


• Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills

• Excellent team facilitation skills

• Demonstrated ability to drive continuous improvement and train others

• Ability to mentor and facilitate lean culture change

• Demonstrated ability to coordinate between and communicate with cross-functional departments and across all organizational levels

• Effective problem solving skills

• Strong computer skills including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio and Outlook. Knowledge of Minitab, Microsoft Project, and SAP is preferred but not required.

• Project management skills, ability to develop a deployment plan, execute, and deliver results

• Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement demonstrated knowledge and skills.

Physical/mental requirements:

Ability to take responsibility for directing and managing change. Can explain clearly the future state and provide direction, focus and drive during the change process.

• Ability to work effectively under pressure, and successfully manage multiple responsibilities.

• Flexibility to work in an office environment as well as manufacturing environment. May require extended periods of time to stand, walk and/or sit.

• Travel may be required for training and collaboration with other sites up to 10%

Valid Through: 2019-11-8