Continuous Improvement Specialist

Volm Companies, Inc.

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Idaho Falls, ID

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:

Job Title:         Continuous Improvement Specialist 

Reports to:        Director of Manufacturing

Position Details:    Monday-Friday, Normal Business Hours, Salary, Exempt

Job Summary 

The Continuous Improvement (CI) Specialist has oversight of the quality and process improvement programs across all manufacturing sites affiliated with Volm Companies.  The CI Specialist will assess, monitor, and enhance manufacturing activity to promote customer satisfaction and company performance.  The CI Specliast will support the manufacturing teams in a manner consistent with company policy and federal and state regulations to achieve overall corporate business objectives.

Supervisory Responsibilities


Essential Duties

•    Meet or exceed established safety standards through personal example and a safety-first mindset

•    Establish clear safety expectations with CI Team activity, and ensure a safety mindset is incorporated into all quality and continuous improvement programs using appropriate safety and ergonomic processes

•    Develop technical understanding of self-manufactured products and associated customer use and expectations

•    Develop quality programs consistent with customer requirements and provide direct training for production team members to ensure understanding and compliance

•    Utilize ERP software to monitor customer responses, develop professional and timely corrective action as necessary, and develop meaningful internal customer quality metrics

•    Routinely audit existing quality programs and manufacturing standard operating practices (SOP)

•    Take hands-on approach in utilizing continuous improvement techniques to implement improvements that reduce waste and improve quality and production efficiencies

•    Train and coach manufacturing team members to generate and implement best practices using hands-on training, virtual training, and other techniques as needed

•    Mentor Quality Technicians at various locations to ensure consistent programs and compliance with manufacturing best practices

•    Establish and maintain effective operator on-the-job training programs for production staff

•    Establish metrics to capture plant waste and other, appropriate measures to monitor financial impact of quality and CI programs and solutions

•    Support change initiatives that incorporate technology solutions through automation, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, ERP integration, etc.

Required Skills and Abilities

•    Excellent reporting and written and oral communication skills

•    Strong interpersonal skills with an awareness of culture

•    Ability to develop high-performance, collaborative teams across multiple locations

•    Technical aptitude and problem-solving skills

•    Ability to facilitate multiple team projects to achieve various plant initiatives related to quality and continuous improvement with demonstrated emphasis on Kaizen tools

Education and Experience

•    Clean driving record

•    Microsoft Excel, Word, Power Point, Outlook, and ERP systems experience

•    Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management or similar preferred

•    5 years of manufacturing experience with progressive responsibility, and exposure to manufacturing engineering, quality programs, and operational best practices preferred. 

Physical Requirements 

•    Frequent sitting, standing, and walking

•    Occasional lifting, carrying, stooping, and bending

•    Rarely crouching and crawling

•    Be able to handle, grasp, and perform repetitive motions

•    Requires the ability to see, hear, touch, and smell

•    The ability to taste is not required

•    Manufacturing environment

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.