Continuous Improvement Engineer

$100,000 - $120,000 yearly
Job Category: Supply Chain
Position Type: Direct Hire / Permanent
Work Model: Hybrid
Location: Chicago , Illinois
Job ID: 134960
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LaSalle Network has partnered with a food manufacturing company to hire a Continuous Improvement Engineer. This role spearheads initiatives for production, warehouse, processing and packaging, emphasizing safety, quality, customer service, and cost goals. The Continuous Improvement Engineer collaborates closely across teams, factories, engineering and corporate groups to align project objectives with business needs. Integral to a customer-centric manufacturing function committed to continuous improvement, this position requires proficiency in financial analyses for proposal validation and stakeholder support.

Continuous Improvement Engineer Responsibilities:
  • Lead and oversee Continuous Improvement productivity initiatives, ensuring timely project delivery
  • Regularly update stakeholders on project status, adherence to timelines, completed work, quick wins, potential issues and associated mitigation plans
  • Apply continuous improvement tools and methodologies such as RCA, DMAIC, Loss Tree Analysis, IPA, etc., to drive lasting operational enhancements
  • Gather and analyze supplied data and operational conditions; introduce modifications and track results in collaboration with key stakeholders
  • Identify methods to reduce material usage, losses; rework and enhance process efficiencies.
  • Implement follow-up programs to sustain achieved savings, provide additional training, identify further opportunities and ensure project continuity
  • Contribute to the annual budget process, evaluating run rate efficiencies, nominal speeds and scrap values by component
  • Collaborate on trials with supervisors and managers before implementing any new systems or methods, assisting in the adaptation of changes for optimal results
  • Collaborate with product development, marketing, supply chain, finance and operations teams to introduce new products and achieve project objectives
  • Monitor compliance with factory standards encompassing safety, operations and quality
  • Promote workforce development through training initiatives to improve hourly proficiency
  • Foster ongoing enhancements in processing, packaging and warehouse domains
  • Timely escalation of issues and fulfillment of assigned duties
Continuous Improvement Engineer Requirements:
  • Strong project management skills with excellent planning and organizational abilities
  • Proficient in high-speed packaging, process equipment application/design and continuous improvement techniques like TPM, Lean and Six Sigma
  • Adaptable to a fast-paced, high-stress manufacturing environment
  • Exceptional people skills, including coaching, motivation and performance management at both hourly and staff levels
  • Demonstrates team-building proficiency within and across departments
  • Robust analytical skills, adept at root-cause analysis, and decisive decision-making capabilities
  • Proficient communication and presentation abilities, both in writing and verbally
  • Innovative, driven, and proactive
  • Computer literate, skilled in Microsoft Office and advanced Microsoft Excel
  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering, Engineering, or Business
  • 2 years of experience in food manufacturing preferred
  • Six Sigma or Lean background with applied examples is a plus
  • Knowledge of SAP is preferred

If you are interested in this position and believe you qualify, please apply today!

Thank you,

Julie Hess
Sr. Project Manager
LaSalle Network
LaSalle Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer m/f/d/v.

LaSalle Network is the leading provider of direct hire and temporary staffing services. For over two decades, LaSalle has helped organizations hire faster and connect top talent with opportunities, from entry-level positions to the C-suite. With units specializing in Accounting and Finance, Administrative, Marketing, Technology, Supply chain, Healthcare Revenue Cycle, Call Center, Human Resources and Executive Search. LaSalle offers staffing and recruiting solutions to companies of all sizes and across all industries. LaSalle Network is the premier staffing and recruiting firm, earning over 100 culture, revenue and industry-based awards from major publications and having its company experts regularly contribute insights on retention strategies, hiring trends and hiring challenges, and more to national news outlets.