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Continuous Improvement Manager at Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P.

Continuous Improvement Manager

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. Shreveport, LA Full Time

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: CLMT) is a master limited partnership and a leading independent producer of high-quality, specialty hydrocarbon products in North America. Calumet processes crude oil and other feedstocks into customized lubricating oils, solvents and waxes used in consumer, industrial and automotive products and produces fuel products including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.


The Continuous Improvement Manager initiates and facilitates lean improvement programs and activities. Responsible for leadership and development of programs that educate teammates about lean concepts that lead to the identification, development, and implementation of improvements at all the Performance Brand facilities. Typical improvement activity results in improved safety, productivity, quality, and cost reductions.


  • Analyze existing business processes using various methods such as value stream mapping or process mapping to find opportunities for improvement and determine root causes
  • Act as an internal consultant, developing short- and long-term CI strategies for the organization
  • Direct and facilitate the ongoing lean improvement process teams through the use of techniques such as Kaizen, 5’S, PDCA, TPM, Kanban, Policy Deployment, etc.
  • Facilitate progress and reduce costs in terms of workflow inefficiencies and reduction of operational waste
  • Coordinate and lead key projects for improvement across all levels of the organization
  • Drive the improvement of processes and systems and implement programs that will have continuing long-term benefits
  • Establish measurable operational standards
  • Develop plans, schedules, and budgets to improve existing processes
  • Supervise and direct the workflow of CI department staff
  • Provides lean improvement orientation and on-the-job training for teammates and ensures that the responsibilities are defined and understood, and oversees the lean projects
  • Teach others to lead improvement efforts, including training on effective tools for successful project leadership
  • Coach others and coordinate workshops and team trainings, openly sharing their guidance and technical expertise and ensuring that learning resources are widely available
  • Identify ongoing lean improvement training needs and assist with developing and implementing the required training
  • Create and communicate project reports to management providing visibility for lean initiatives
  • Identify needs relating to improvements in safety/ergonomics and assist in developing and implementing solutions to these issues
  • Develop and maintain annual value stream mapping efforts, CI plans, cost reductions savings, and calendars


  • BS, BA or similar degree with an emphasis in manufacturing, or equivalent is desired
  • Full working knowledge of Lean Concepts (certified preferred) with demonstrated implementation and success
  • Must be able to plan, deploy, and lead all lean activities that will produce significant cost savings through productivity, quality, waste reduction and improving business processes
  • Proven analysis and presentation skills including use of common tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Must have demonstrated ability of leading and directing numerous Kaizen events
  • Must be able to travel Domestically


  • 5+ years’ manufacturing and management experience
  • Experience with greenfield Lean implementation highly recommended
  • Six Sigma experience is a plus


  • Technical expertise – a firm understanding of process improvement techniques and experience applying these techniques to make organizational changes
  • Organization skills – ability to spearhead both the planning and implementation stages of multiple projects; must be organized and committed to meeting deadlines
  • Leadership skills – supervising others and acting as a coach - inspiring other team members to give their best effort and setting the direction for many initiatives
  • Analytical thinking – critically evaluate individual processes and projects, then synthesize insights to arrive at a summary of overall organizational status
  • Communication skills –able to speak, listen, and write well; will often hold presentations, facilitate meetings and trainings, and create reports
  • Basic proficiency in MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook)
  • Self-starter with the ability to work autonomously and to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Fosters positive work relationships and is a solid team player
  • Supports the strategic and operational direction of the business

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
We are an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran
Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test.

Other details

  • Pay Type : Salary


Recommended Skills

  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Continuous Improvement Process
  • Scheduling
  • Kanban Principles
  • Six Sigma Methodology
  • Lean Manufacturing
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