Continuous Improvement Manager

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Date: May 5, 2024

Location: Reading, PA, US

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Job Purpose

The Continuous Improvement Manager (CIM) role is responsible for championing, developing and sustaining a culture of continuous improvement (CI) and knowledge about related methodologies/ activities (Lean, Six Sigma, ALPS) across all areas of the site with a strong focus on manufacturing and operations. The end-purpose is to improve the real result key performance indicators (Safety, OTIF, cost, material efficiency, quality, and inventories) of the site. 
This is a full-time position that reports into the Site/ Plant Manager and is part of the local Management Team. 


Job Responsibilities

Build Organizational Capabilities

  • Develop and expand local capabilities in applying continuous improvement tools and methods (Lean, Six Sigma) and promote a structured problem-solving approach. Inject passion for this activity by providing a vision and direction for the future development and performance of the site.  
  • Deploy and sustain the ALPS manufacturing program including a coaching support structure to drive CI initiatives and ensure sustainability of improvements   

Site Performance

  • Support and challenge the workforce and local MT in direction setting, prioritization (timing, resources, and sequence of actions) and implementation of improvement activities to best achieve the targets for the key performance indicators of the yearly site improvement plan. This includes the organizational and strategic deployment throughout the site.  

Improvement Portfolio Mgmt

  • Identify, validate, initiate and drive new improvement opportunities and promote the passion for excellence and delivering on commitments values  

Safety & Other

  • Participate in the Quality Journey. If in doubt stop and check.
  • Promotes health, safety and environmental regulations by ensuring that standards, policies, and procedures are adhered to in compliance with corporate, federal, state, and local requirements.

Job Requirements

  • 8-10 years of relevant work experience (operations, production, maintenance, logistics, (process) engineering, continuous improvement, etc.)  
  • Bachelor degree (degree related to technical, business, engineering, or chemistry preferred).   
  • Preferred Master black belt or certified black belt (CI Expert) (or within reach of achieving such certification)

Rewards & Benefits

Salary range for this role is: $95,000 to $105,000. This is the range that we in good faith anticipate relying on when setting wages for this position.  We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range.  This salary range may also be modified in the future.

  • Benefits beginning Day 1
  • 401K retirement savings with 6% company match
  • Annual bonus 5% Short Term Incentive
  • Medical insurance with HSA
  • Dental, Vision, Life, AD&D benefits
  • Generous vacation, personal and holiday pay
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Career growth opportunities
  • Active Diversity and Inclusion Networks
  • Employee referral bonus




All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Requisition ID: 37766



Nearest Major Market: Reading PA

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