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Continuous Improvement Director

Company: Gast Manufacturing
Location: Grand Rapids
Posted on: June 1, 2024

Job Description:

If you're looking for a special place to build or grow your career, you've found it. Whether you're an experienced professional, a recent college graduate or somewhere in between, IDEX is a place where you can apply your existing skills and learn new ones in an environment where you can make an impact.

With interesting opportunities in engineering, marketing, sales, supply chain, operations, HR, finance, and more across more than 40 diverse businesses around the globe, chances are, we have something special for you.


Lead and facilitate the successful implementation of Continuous Improvement (CI) with sustaining impact to drive business performance across the enterprise at Gast Manufacturing. Directly responsible organizational support team, and implementation of organization wide, transformational process improvements. Focus areas for improvements are in Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, and Growth/Innovation. Position will lead the training of Lean principles (5S, RIE/Kaizen, Value Stream Mapping, 80/20, Standard Work, Transactional Process Improvements, Quick Changeover, Material Kanban, Variation Reduction/Six Sigma, Quality, etc.) while driving results in automation and assembly efficiencies through Kaizen. Demonstrate effective leadership by driving strong engagement through positive employee relations, integrity, talent development, accountability, and safety/ergonomics within the Gast organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Drives productivity and efficiency gains through reduction of Planned and Unplanned Downtime to contribute to yearly productivity and OEE goals.
  • Recognized as a leader and problem solver at the site by providing leadership and expertise that will solve problems and improve performance, including root cause analysis expertise and training to the site.
  • Leads implementation of Lean manufacturing concepts including KPI Development, 5S, Kaizen, Visual Controls, Standard Work (SOP & OPL), Process Mapping and SMED Motivates and coaches on Lean Manufacturing tools with both shift supervisors, and hourly employees. Establishes a strong presence on the floor to set and communicate expectations, standards, and evaluate results for sustainability. Creates, delivers, and coaches on Lean Production basics to employees. Partners with Operations Leadership to design, schedule and lead Kaizen events that will positively impact the plant.
  • Analyzes data, develops appropriate action plans and communicates progress across the organization.
  • Drives site wide continuous improvement effort to maximize safety, quality, and reduce costs. Develops method for tracking and reporting on cost savings goals for the site, including alignment with Finance.
  • Develops and deploys metrics for monitoring the progress being made in each facility with emphasis on reporting OEE and cost reduction opportunities.
  • Provides internal coaching to site leadership teams on CI system implementation to make breakthrough improvements on OEE/Site Capacity. Strong skills in clearly communicating the why (intent) and the how (execution). Oversee and lead all people related requirements for the area including but not limited to goal setting, performance management succession planning, employee development, and support of a diverse and inclusive culture.
  • Initiates and leads employee training to further instill the continuous improvement skill set in the organization. Develops new processes and programs as need and where gaps exist. Participate in all necessary training is required to successfully perform job responsibilities.
  • Manages prioritization and communication on project status and tracks accomplishments that will be communicated to the organization. Performs effectiveness checks and ensures sustainability of project results and performance.
  • Develop and implement process improvements from lever diagnostics to ideation through to process improvements and capital projects.
  • Assist in financial valuation for CI pipeline items, capital projects, new item costing, etc.

    • BS/BA in a technical and/or business major is required.
    • 5+ years leading CI Initiatives required; preferably in a manufacturing environment with CNC and Assembly operations,
    • Knowledge/Skills Requirements: (Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen, Six Sigma, 5S, waste reduction, Performance Indicators and Predictive Maintenance).
    • Demonstrable utilization of DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, and control) process to implement sustainable change required.
    • Experience leading rapid and complex Kaizen events. Experience with investigations, RCA and the development of CAPA's required.
    • Experience with documentation, SOP, and key performance indicator creation preferred.
    • Six Sigma Green or Black Belt preferred.
    • Quality system experience with regulated products a plus.
    • Additional specific education in lean manufacturing and Six-Sigma processes a plus.
    • Experience in lean manufacturing implementations a plus.
    • Experience in Lean manufacturing withing a high model mix environment a plus

      Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

      IDEX is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. IDEX gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other consideration or protected category made unlawful by federal, state or local laws (Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled).

      Attention Applicants: If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, please let us know. Likewise, if you are limited in the ability to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, we will determine an alternate way for you to apply. Please contact our Talent Acquisition Team at for assistance with an accommodation. These contact tools may be used only by individuals with a disability for accommodation requests. Do not inquire as to the status of an application.

Keywords: Gast Manufacturing, Grand Rapids , Continuous Improvement Director, Executive , Grand Rapids, Michigan

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