This position is primarily responsible for the systematic identification and elimination of waste across all business functions, providing the selected candidate with opportunities to influence a diverse range of departments and disciplines in the process. The CI Engineer will accomplish their objectives both as an individual contributor and as a team leader, and will be expected to help build & foster a business environment that embraces kaizen / continuous improvement (CI) as a key to the company’s ongoing growth and success.


The Continuous Improvement Engineer will carry out many of the following duties:

 Identifying opportunities to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve the company’s cash conversion cycle.

 Using formal, data-driven problem-solving and implementation methodologies (e.g., 6-sigma, etc.) to drive their initiatives forward and deliver results.

 Leading & participating in lean initiatives, such as 5s, value stream teams, and blitz events.

 Identifying and leading projects that support the company’s environmental sustainability goals and initiatives.

 Training individuals and teams in the use of basic lean / productivity tools to promote a culture of kaizen at all levels.

 Writing business cases and capital expenditure requests to justify & support potential CI projects.

 Working with manufacturing, quality assurance, and other teams when cross-functional problem solving initiatives are required.

 Working with industrial engineering and accounting to determine the financial impact of continuous improvement activities.

 Supporting industrial and manufacturing engineering departments by leading facility upgrade and equipment installation projects.

 Developing training material, operating procedures, and work instructions and training individuals and teams as needed in updated processes and procedures.

 Organizing meetings, events, and associated logistics related to CI activity.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to:

 Project a positive, solution-seeking attitude in all business interactions.

 Solve complex business problems in both office and manufacturing environments.

 Employ a variety of CI / problem-solving tools and know when each is appropriate to use.

 Reject status quo and think beyond roadblocks, past experience, current practices to overcome hurdles and employ creative solutions.

 Work well in team environments, both as individual contributor and leader.

 Motivate others to participate, support, and share your enthusiasm and vision.

 Effectively communicate verbally, visually, and in writing to sell your ideas to various levels within the organization.

 Adapt and stay flexible within multiple business environments and audiences.

 Work at ease in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Required experience for this role includes:

 At least 5 years of professional experience in a manufacturing environment.

 At least 2 years of experience in a dedicated lean or CI capacity with a quantifiable track record of results.

 In-depth knowledge of lean / CI tools with practical application experience.

 Previous experience in team leadership or project management roles.

About THR Partners:

We are an Executive Recruiting Firm who specializes in placing "Top Talent" to the "Top Companies." We specialize in the HVAC/R & Appliance Industry and have placed professionals in these areas for 14+ yrs. We occasionally place in other industries as well but primarily in the South East. Learn more about us by visiting www.thrpartners.com.

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