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Continuous Improvement Engineer


Job Title: Continuous Improvement Engineer   

Reports to: Continuous Improvement Manager

Number of Direct Reports: 0

Key Internal Partners: Operations, Technical Services, Quality, Engineering, EHS, Supply Chain, Finance

Key External Partners:      

Project Management:  Yes 

Location: Nampa, ID      

Job Summary:

The Continuous Improvement Engineer is responsible for working cross-functionally to enhance plant operational and financial performance by developing and rolling out plant wide Continuous Improvement initiatives.  They are responsible for leading project teams, leading task force initiatives, planning Kaizen events, and coaching/mentoring others within the organization to apply principles and methodologies of Continuous Improvement.

Job Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Ensure the development, implementation and sustainability of industrial standards and plant processes as assigned by the Continuous Improvement Manager.
    • Areas of influence and responsibility may include: industrial procedures, training and qualification standards, maintenance and operational excellence standards (Root Cause Analysis, 6S, Daily Accountability, VPA, Lean Manufacturing principles) and Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality.
  • Seek to identify best practices from other internal plants and plants external to Materne that can be integrated to our plant. 
    • Ensure that improvements and lessons learned are shared with the rest of the organization to enhance standardization and increase performance company-wide.
  • Develop plant employees relative to root cause analysis, continuous improvement principles and methodologies, 6S, etc. thru developing and delivering training, coaching, and mentoring.
  • Lead or participate in continuous improvement projects or task forces, and deliver measureable, sustainable results.
  • Uses DMAIC methodology: define, measure, analyze, improve, and control the results        
  • All other duties as assigned

Key Performance Indicator (KPI):

The Continuous Improvement Engineer will have a direct role in influencing the improvement of 6 key performance indicators.  Namely:  Safety, Quality, Cost, Delivery, Motivation, and Environmental.

Position Requirements:


  • B.S. degree in a Technical Field is strongly preferred (Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, or similar).  Significant experience combined with industry certification may be considered in lieu of a bachelor’s degree.
  • H.S. Diploma or equivalent is required.


  • 5+ years of manufacturing experience with at least 2 years leading and/or participating in continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Experience in implementing Lean Manufacturing concepts such as product flow optimization, material delivery, KANBAN, Work flow, and Value Stream Mapping is highly preferred.
  • Six Sigma Green Belt (or related certification) is highly preferred.


  • Must have completed successful Lean projects in production, quality, or supply chain.
  • Must have strong leadership skills and be able to lead through influence.
  • Must be able to train and coach others on new skills and methodologies.
  • Must be able to create training modules.
  • Must be able to create well written standard operating procedures.
  • Must be able to prioritize work.
  • Must be able to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
  • Must be able to quickly and effectively interpret information in order to reach sound conclusions.
  • Must be able to challenge the status quo in a professional manner.
  • Must have a passion for being on the plant floor and interacting with employees at all levels.
  • Must have solid written and verbal communication skills.
  • Competency with Microsoft office suite is required. 
  • Competency with data collection and analysis as well as good lab notebook practices are also required.


  • Must be able to wear PPE.
  • Must be able work in normal office conditions and in the manufacturing plant and warehouses.
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 8 hours per day and be on his/her feet for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to travel via airplane within the U.S. and Internationally
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