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Continuous Improvement Specialist

Job description

Continuous Improvement Specialist
Full time role based in Bideford, with some infrequent travel required to additional sites to support Group Lean and CI activities.
Salary £45k - £50K DOA
About our Client:
An international company with a facility that specializes in crafting composite and polymer components through diverse methods dedicated to value-added assembly techniques, showcasing a wide array of manufacturing expertise.
What is the purpose of the Continuous Improvement Specialist?
Reporting to the Production Manager, your role will be to analyse and improve the processes of the business continually.  You will work closely with the production team and quality specialists to identify potential for improvement and improve inefficiencies and gaps.
Assist in incorporating new projects/processes to ensure they are set up for maximum manufacturing efficiency.
Assess and communicate the effects of process changes, new business, and workload on Lean/Continuous improvement efforts.
What you will do as the Continuous Improvement Specialist:
Complete 6-monthly Lean/Continuous improvement assessment, review results and propose actions to ensure positive progression
Contribute to the creation and implementation of best practice Lean/Continuous improvement vision, strategy, policies, processes, and procedures to aid and improve operational performance
Implement and support cultural change across the organisation and drive business improvement in the following ways: 
  • Drive cultural change across the organization, supporting business improvement initiatives aligned with Lean/Continuous improvement vision and strategy.
  • Implement 'SIMPLE' program for quick win improvements and re-launch the 'Idea of the Month' program.
  • Conduct 6-monthly Lean/Continuous improvement assessments, reviewing results and proposing actions for positive progression.
  • Introduce and integrate 5S principles across the site to maintain new working methods.
  • Report project progress, manage risks, dependencies, budgets, and critical milestones. Define, develop, and publish business improvement process documentation.
  • Lead continuous improvement activities, plan and run Lean/Continuous improvement events.
  • Attend meetings, complete/communicate actions, produce written reports, and make presentations.
  • Identify and implement business improvement opportunities, ensuring ongoing learning and development for employees.
  • Coach and facilitate teams and individuals, deploy technical skill sets and resources for project delivery.
  • Input and hold responsibility for Lean/Continuous improvement manufacturing budgets, prepare annual budgets/forecasts, and manage compliance.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders for optimal performance.
Quality, Safety, and Employee Relations:
  • Ensure compliance with ISO9001, AS9100, TS16949, and SC21 standards in all areas of responsibility.
  • Promote a safe working environment and equality of employment. Encourage good communication and an inclusive working environment.
  • Emphasize the importance of customer care, fostering a quality-driven culture.
  • Collaborate with the Quality Department and Management to enhance quality culture through training.
  • Facilitate training for flexibility and capability within the company, ensuring career progression opportunities.
  • Arrange for employees to assist with stocktaking when appropriate.
  • Apply cost-effective technology, reducing reliance on labour and ensuring competitiveness in the global market.
  • Fulfil any reasonable requests from management, ensuring the safety of yourself and others
What Skills and Experience will you have as the Continuous Improvements Specialist?
  • Experience gained in a manufacturing/engineering environment in a similar position, ideally CI Lead
  • You will be an expert in use and deployment of Lean tools, techniques, and methods
  • Have experience in working effectively under pressure in a demanding manufacturing environment
  • HND or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Experience of implementing process improvement projects
  • Experience in leading cross functional project teams
  • Track record of delivering results
  • You will require the ability to drive due to local transport availability
  • Experience of precision machined manufacturing - preferred
  • Six Sigma Black Belt certified - desirable 
What you will get in return:
Salary of £45K - £50K DOA
Company Pension scheme
Free parking onsite
Cycle to work scheme