Continuous Improvement Coordinator

  • Department: Production
  • Reports To: COO Direct / Plant Manager MS, Indirect
  • Date: March 25, 2021
  • Location: Baldwyn, MS
  • Pay Scale: $50,000 - $80,000/yr (Depending on Experience)

Job Summary

The Continuous Improvement Coordinator is a production floor positions that plans, coordinates, and directs Lean Manufacturing programs designed to ensure continuous improvement of entire operations in both US and MX.  The CI Coordinator ensures all departments have identified CI projects for the fiscal year, manages a tracker to ensure projects are in line and being completed on-time, facilitates these projects, validates results of these projects, coordinates audits to ensure sustainment and facilitates a CI reporting program to ensure projects have defined actions assigned to individuals with expected completion dates and are progressing with projected timelines.

The role provides feedback to leadership of future events with greatest ROIs, maintains the CI suggestions from the hourly workforce, ensures Lean principles are followed, conducts layered process audits, and is responsible for working closely with Quality, Production and Engineering departments. The position assists in facilitating Employee Communication meetings, is responsible for improving plant safety performance and key indicators, and strives to eliminate workplace hazards, reduce ergonomic concerns and work with departments to improve the overall safety record and production efficiency of the plant. Additionally, the Continuous Improvement Coordinator complies with all ISO Quality System procedures and work instructions related to your job description.

Essential Job Duties

Duties can include some or all of the following:

  • Lead CEW’s 6S Program
  • REDUCE WASTE – Develop and optimize production processes in cooperation with other production and management personnel, minimizing defects, cost and customer complaints, and improving quality capability.
  • The Continuous Improvement Coordinator identifies opportunities for improvement and spearhead appropriate changes.
  • Conduct and oversee internal audits. Ensure facilities are following quality standards, Lean Standards and general organization procedures.
  • Lead CEW’s Corrective Action process.
  • Conduct regular communication meetings with crews to include safety, quality, continuous improvement, work area order, and policy changes.
  • Responsible for performing all activities in a safe manner and make others aware of unsafe acts or conditions.
  • Maintain Environmental Health and Safety programs as necessary to met local and federal regulations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience

  • HS Diploma Required.
  • Toyota Production System Experienced strongly desired.
  • Experience with setting up and/or administering practices and programs for Lean Manufacturing, Visual Management Systems, Six Sigma (Black Belt preferred) and/or ISO standards and applications required.
  • Required experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook; PowerPoint.
  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or related engineering discipline, quality management, or related field or equivalent preferred.
  • Desire a minimum of 4 years of experience in production, preferably in environment similar to Custom Engineered Wheels, with at least 1 in a Continuous Improvement leadership role.
  • Experience conducting internal quality audit and responding to external quality audits preferred.
  • Desired experience using ERP or other manufacturing system
  • Desired experience in Microsoft Teams and/or SharePoint.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Maintain a positive, supportive team attitude utilizing the 28 Behaviors of the CEW & ME Way.
  • This job requires 75-85% of time on production floor working hand and hand with other team members.
  • Ability to coach and develop others. Strong leadership skills and ability to build and lead teams to attain objectives and performance.
  • Working knowledge of manufacturing and quality processes and procedures, including Operational Excellence Principles, and how to effectively integrate them and achieve optimal production results.
  • Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing principles, policies, programs, regulations, and procedures, and how to effectively put them into practice in manufacturing environment, including, Six Sigma, Black Belt and ISO
  • standards and procedures.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels and types of internal and external individuals in English.
  • Strong technical writing skills and ability to develop and deliver public presentations in English.
  • Ability to travel internationally to support CEW operations.

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The person will be required to walk, stand, kneel, bend, sit, rotate, talk and hear.  The majority of the time must be on the manufacturing floor.

The person will lift up to 75 lbs.

This position requires close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on an given point), depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), and ability to focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.

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