Continuous Improvement Engineer Job Description
Education: Bachelor or equivalent, Master is preferred
Continuous improvement managers monitor and improve organizational processes with the aim of making them as efficient as possible. Research and analysis feature heavily in this role, as continuous improvement managers map out all workflows, remove waste and low-value activities, and recommend solutions. Guided by formal kaizen methodologies, they then take the lead in implementing changes, acting as leaders, managers, and mentors throughout different areas of the organization.
Analyze Business Processes: Before continuous improvement managers can drive change across the organization, they first analyze existing business processes using various methods such as gap analysis or PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act). This allows them to find opportunities for improvement as well as losses, which they troubleshoot further to determine root causes. The PDCA method allows for the team to understand and relate to the elimination of waste while also providing specific metrics to quantify these cost improvement initiatives.
Develop Strategies: Continuous improvement managers act as internal consultants, developing short- and long-term strategies for the organization and incorporating Six Sigma, Agile, and other practices. Their goal is to facilitate progress and reduce costs with the primary focus on the manufacturing shop floor.
Lead Activities: It's the job of continuous improvement managers to coordinate and lead key projects for improvement across all levels of the organization. They may supervise several teams directly or collaborate with managers to re-engineer processes. They must lead value stream mapping exercising while at the same time coaching and teaching lean methodology and tools.
Monitor Progress: A crucial aspect of the continuous improvement methodology is monitoring progress in order to check if changes yield desirable results. Continuous improvement managers establish measurable standards at the start of a project and then compare actual project results against these, regularly generating detailed update reports for management.
Provide Mentorship: To get best results, organizations must make continuous improvement an integral part of their company culture. Continuous improvement managers serve as coaches who coordinate workshops and team trainings, openly sharing their guidance and technical expertise and ensuring that learning resources are widely available.
Value Stream Mapping
Six Sigma Methodology
Continuous Improvement Process