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IDEX Continuous Improvement Manager in Benton Harbor, Michigan

If you’re looking for a special place to build or grow your career, you’ve found it. Whether you’re an experienced professional, a recent college graduate or somewhere in between, IDEX is a place where you can apply your existing skills and learn new ones in an environment where you can make an impact.

With interesting opportunities in engineering, marketing, sales, supply chain, operations, HR, finance, and more across more than 40 diverse businesses at https://www.idexcorp.com/our-businesses/business-segments/ around the globe, chances are, we have something special for you.

Gast Manufacturing (a business unit of the IDEX Corporation), located in Benton Harbor, Michigan, is looking for a Continuous Improvement Manager. This individual lead and facilitate the successful implementation of Continuous Improvement (CI) with sustaining impact to drive business performance across the enterprise at Gast Manufacturing. Responsible for implementation of organization wide, transformational process improvements. Focus areas for improvements are in Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, and Growth/Innovation. Position will lead the training of Lean principles (5S, RIE/Kaizen, Value Stream Mapping, 80/20, Standard Work, Transactional Process Improvements, Quick Changeover, Material Kanban, Variation Reduction/Six Sigma, Quality, etc.) while driving results in automation and assembly efficiencies through Kaizen. Demonstrate effective leadership by driving strong engagement through positive employee relations, integrity, talent development, accountability, and safety/ergonomics within the Gast organization.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Direct supervisor of 2 employees-Automations Engineer and Maintenance/Facilities Manager.

  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) and trainer of CI tools (Mixed Model Lean, Six Sigma, SIOP, Sourcing, GDP, and KPIs).

  • Works to grow revenue & profit by delivering strong operational performance (SQDC).

  • Lead efforts to identify opportunities for automation and implementing automation projects

  • Utilize 80/20 methods, Lean Mfg, & Six Sigma tools drive focus on critical items that will yield the highest impact to the organization.

  • Establish CI Roadmap that deploys actions to achieve strategic goals.

  • Drives consistency and effective adoption of CI deployment in all areas.

  • Implement problem solving principles to identify root cause and corrective actions

  • Will help develop and maintain operational excellence and Quality KPI’s and countermeasures

  • Hands on participant of the Continuous Improvement/Kaizen processes by leading Rapid Improvement Events (RIE’s).

  • Support Goal Deployment Action Plans and improvement targets for the enterprise.

  • Drive sustainable and consistent quality processes throughout Gast/JUN-AIR with sound root cause analysis and countermeasures.

  • Build trust and credibility by leading by example.

  • Create regular communications with the value stream and vertical businesses (clear direction, regular updates on events/decisions, and accountability for achieving & sustaining RIE results).

  • EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS OR EQUIVALENCIES:

  • Bachelor's degree in manufacturing, business, engineering discipline, or technical degree; advance degree preferred

  • 4+ years of production experience and managerial experience preferred.

  • Strong continuous improvement background with knowledge of 5S, Kaizen, Lean and Value

  • Experience in identification of large cost centers and systematically driving improvement to obtain organizational goals

  • Value Stream Mapping

  • Background with selection and implementation of automated equipment

  • Hands on responsibility for manufacturing product quality

  • Advanced understanding of ISO and Quality Management Systems

  • Six Sigma Greenbelt Preferred.

  • History of results-based approach to developing and implementation of productivity funnel through the utilization of Kaizen

  • Working knowledge of CI tools (Mixed Model Lean, Six Sigma, SIOP, Sourcing, GDP, and KPIs)

  • Authorization to work in the United States. At this time Gast cannot support sponsorship.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE THE PRINCIPAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB. THE JOB DESCRIPTION SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS A COMPLETE LISTING OF ALL MISCELLANEOUS, INCIDENTAL OR OTHER DUTIES THAT MAY BE ASSIGNED DURING NORMAL OPERATIONS.

IDEX Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity

Attention Applicants: If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, please let us know. Likewise, if you are limited in the ability to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, we will determine an alternate way for you to apply. Please contact our Talent Acquisition Team at careers@idexcorp.com OR call us at 847-498-7070- Job Opportunities.

Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

IDEX (NYSE: IEX) is a company that has undoubtedly touched your life in some way. In fact, IDEX businesses make thousands of products that are mission-critical components in everyday activities. Chances are the car you’re driving has a BAND-IT® clamp holding your side airbag safely in place. If you were ever in a car accident, a Hurst Jaws of Life® rescue tool may have saved your life. If you or a family member is battling cancer, your doctor may have tested your DNA in a quest to find the best targeted medicine for you. It’s likely your DNA test was run on equipment that contains components made by our growing IDEX Health & Science team.

Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

IDEX (NYSE: IEX) is a company that has undoubtedly touched your life in some way. In fact, IDEX businesses make thousands of products that are mission-critical components in everyday activities. Chances are the car you’re driving has a BAND-IT® clamp holding your side airbag safely in place. If you were ever in a car accident, a Hurst Jaws of Life® rescue tool may have saved your life. If you or a family member is battling cancer, your doctor may have tested your DNA in a quest to find the best targeted medicine for you. It’s likely your DNA test was run on equipment that contains components made by our growing IDEX Health & Science team.

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