Continuous Improvement Manager

Full-time / Part-time:  FT - Employee
Exempt / Non-Exempt:  Salaried Exempt

Momence, IL, US, 60954

Shift:  Home Shift 1
Requisition ID:  6148
Division:  Flanders

AAF International offers the most comprehensive clean air solutions available across the globe. Selling under the American Air Filter® and the AAF International® brand names, AAF International has been an industry pioneer since 1921 and has since grown to operations in over 22 countries with over 3000 employees. Our products are the industry benchmarks for quality and performance, and delivers clean air solutions in residential, commercial and industrial air pollution control, gas containment removal, power generation, and other stringent clean room environments.

We are a member of the Daikin Group, the world's largest air conditioning and clean air solutions provider with over $15 Billion in sales and 56,000 employees worldwide. Founded in 1924, Daikin has grown into a diversified industrial manufacturing company offering solutions in clean, air, air conditioning, refrigeration, chemicals, oil hydraulics, defense systems and electronics. AAF and Daikin are powered by our investment in people, products, and our processes.

Our culture of continuous improvement, safety, and world class operations is powered by our people centered management philosophy. This philosophy is built around mutual selection: that while AAF seeks top talent people to join and deliver on our team, we also want each team member to receive job satisfaction, growth & development, and continued happiness in being a long term member of the AAF family. This is fueled by our belief in treating our people, our supply partners, our customers and our environment with the trust and respect we each require, and our passion to give back to our community for our success.

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AAF International is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran.

Position Objective:
The primary function of the Continuous Improvement Manager is to utilize data and analytics to provide recommendations for improvements in areas of efficiency, throughput, safety, quality, on-time delivery, and overall business effectiveness and efficiency. The Continuous Improvement Manager/Engineer may also aid in problem solving, policy and process adherence, as well as objective setting and implementation. The Continuous Improvement Manager develops, observes, evaluates, and improves manufacturing methods and processes to reduce costs and increase production efficiency.


Key Accountabilities:
•    Develop a manufacturing map of current and future state value streams (from procurement to order fulfillment).
•    Develops, observes, evaluates, and improves manufacturing methods and processes to reduce costs.
•    Review and analysis of space requirements, workflow, and designs layout of equipment and workspace for maximum efficiency. 
•    Confers with engineering staff concerning product design and tooling to ensure efficient production methods. 
•    Confers with vendors to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of equipment, materials, or parts, and evaluates products according to specifications and quality standards. 
•    Estimates production times, staffing requirements, and related costs to provide information for management decisions. 
•    Confers with management, engineering, and other staff regarding manufacturing capabilities, and other considerations to facilitate production processes
•    Applies statistical methods to estimate future manufacturing requirements process changes and improvements. 
•     Drive monthly metrics with root cause analysis and detailed action plans
•    Assist on improving the daily management process, including metrics and communication methods (Gemba boards, etc)
•    Lead the implementation of 5S and visual management initiatives throughout the facility.
•    Leads Kaizen events for site-based teams, focusing on a specific area of improvement, driving rapid improvements and spreading the knowledge of the Daikin Production System (PDS) system down to all levels of the facility.
•    Act as a change agent towards the site’s future state, while enhancing production employees’ skill level to empower problem solving and improve processes.
•    Use SQDC and PDCA to track and measure Kaizen progress.
•    Lead and support identification and application of best practices and operating standards.
•    Support strategy development and deployment for strategic business priorities.


Position Requirements:
1.    Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, Supply Chain or similar Technical degree program;
2.    3-7+ years' manufacturing, technical or R & D experience;
3.    Lean Manufacturing training/experience;
4.    In-depth knowledge of manufacturing processes, mechanics of plant equipment, and advanced computer skills (MS Office, SAP);
5.    Skills to serve as a change agent;
6.    Ability to challenge the status quo;
7.    Ability to foster teamwork;
8.    Strong leadership skills that include being a self-starter;
9.    Ability to adapt to an ever-changing environment;
10.    Strong (advanced) mathematical skills;
11.    Communications: Excellent written and oral communication skills.  Strong presentation skills preferred;
12.    Must be able to work extra time and change schedules as needed to meet company requirements.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, veteran status, uniform servicemember status, age, disability or any other legally recognized protected personal characteristics.

Nearest Major Market: Kankakee
Nearest Secondary Market: Bradley