Position Description

Continuous Improvement Engineer
Location Savage, MN
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Working at Fabcon

Do you want to work at the top tier pre-fabricated concrete wall manufacturing and construction company in the East Coast and Midwest?

Do you see yourself at a company on the cusp of rapid growth due to creative products, lean manufacturing expertise, and market dominance?

Do you dream of being on a team that values leadership development and career growth opportunities?

If so, a career at Fabcon may be for you.

We are the precast wall panel industry leader in the United States.

Purpose/Scope:

This position supports process leaders by executing a calendar of Kaizen events and projects to achieve a dramatically improved future state that aligns with Company goals and objectives. Trains, coaches and mentors others at all organizational levels to apply Lean, Six Sigma and other Continuous Improvement methodologies to improve business processes and achieve Continuous Improvement objectives. Drives a Continuous Improvement culture by training, coaching and mentoring others in innovating processes for daily improvement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves all levels of the organization as a Lean Enterprise topical guide and internal consultant

  • Defines and assembles multi-disciplinary teams for the execution of Kaizen events, problem solving and other projects throughout the business

  • Ensures the completion of all preparation work necessary to support successful Kaizen events, problem solving or other projects such as scheduling process downtime and securing support of other functions such as Maintenance and IT

  • Defines and delivers appropriate training for Kaizen events, problem solving and other project teams that ensure team members have the knowledge required for project success

  • Leads Kaizen events and other project teams in the implementation of Lean Enterprise principles throughout the business, its suppliers, and customers

  • Provides Kaizen event and project follow-up to ensure achievement and sustainment of the required results

  • Trains all organizational levels in the principles, tools, and practices of Managing for Daily Improvement (MDI)

  • Coaches all organizational levels in the implementation of MDI practices

  • Trains and coaches all organizational levels in the principles, tools, and practices of methodical problem solving

  • Performs ongoing audits to insure best practice implementation, and to find opportunities for improvement

  • Employs MDI principles, tools and practices to the CI function

  • Actively pursues ongoing education in Lean Enterprise and continuous improvement principles through literature, courses, networking and benchmarking

Basic Qualifications:

  • At least Two (2) years of Lean implementation experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in IE/Mfg Engineering, Business or equivalent experience

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge and experience implementing Lean, Six Sigma and other Continuous Improvement principles and methods through Kaizen events and projects

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Visio

  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with team members, peers, and management at all levels

  • Demonstrated ability to coach, mentor and lead others. Strong team facilitation and leadership skills; able to address conflicts and obstacles and guide teams to achieve desired results

  • Good comprehension of and exposure to the entire business value stream from customer to supplier

  • Effective communicator, able to speak to all audiences throughout the organization, understanding the various needs of audience members, and tailoring the message to address their concerns; strong writing skills

  • Ability to transform a project vision into a defined scope and get results while working with available resources and timeline requirements; knowledge of project management fundamentals and experience leading projects

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least Three (3) years of Lean implementation experience in a process or high-volume job shop manufacturing environment.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to travel approximately 25% of the time

  • Ability to spend long durations standing/walking in a manufacturing environment with steep ladders and catwalks.

  • Ability to work more than 40 hours a week

  • Office: Move 25lbs (not for all jobs, reasonable accommodations will be made), work with a computer for extended periods of time

  • Plant/Yard: Move minimum of 50lbs., spatial awareness/depth perception, walk, climb, bend at the waist, reach, forceful use of hand tools, vocal projection

Work Environment:

  • >50% of time will be spent in a loud, dusty manufacturing environment with wide variations in ambient conditions. The remainder will be spent in an office environment.

  • Office: Quiet with some ambient noise, climate controlled, fluorescent lighting

  • Plant/Yard: All types of weather conditions (year-round, Mid-west and Northeast), dirt/dust, noise from heavy machinery/vehicles, vibrations from machinery and vehicles, loud noises, little to no climate control, varying amounts of light, stairs, narrow walkways

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Fabcon is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome job applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, ancestry, family care status, veteran status, marital status, or any other lawfully protected status. Minorities, women, disabled persons, and veterans are encouraged to apply. If you need a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process, please contact our Human Resources Department.

Qualified applicants are subject to pre-employment drug testing and background check upon receipt of conditional job offers. Our Drug Free Workplace Policy is available for inspection in the Human Resources office in Minnesota or our plant locations in Ohio, Kansas and Pennsylvania during normal business hours.

We participate in E-Verify and if you are hired, we will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from your Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, we are required to provide you with written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you. Please refer to the posters on our website or DHS for more information on E-verify

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