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Continuous Improvement Manager

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Date: Aug 14, 2022

Location: Middletown, DE, US

Company: Datwyler

The Sealing Solutions division is a leading supplier of custom sealing solutions to global industry segments, such as the health care, automotive, consumer goods, oil and gas, general industries, as well as civil engineering. We are always looking for talented, highly qualified employees at all levels of our organization. Datwyler offers the opportunity to join exciting industries and to be part of a highly esteemed brand. From production staff to client advisors, from technology experts to design engineers, from China to Mexico: at Datwyler, our employees will experience diversity in a way that only an international company can provide. We focus on helping talents reach their full potential – professionally and personally. Our working environment is shaped by our values and beliefs: we are entrepreneurs, we bring value to our customers, we excel in what we do and we have respect for others. With more than 20 global operating sites and more than 7,000 employees, Datwyler Sealing Solutions generates an annual revenue of approximately CHF 900 million. Based on a strategic decision, we are looking for a…


The Continuous Improvement Manager will be responsible for overseeing the Middletown, DE Datwyler Production System (DPS).  The CI/DPS manager will work with all levels of the operation to implement operational excellence as prescribed by the Datwyler Production System. This also involves training and educating the site workforce in DPS principles and managing multiple improvement/cost reduction projects simultaneously to meet site objectives. 

Essential Function 1

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supports the Site Director in deployment of the DPS in the plane through implementation of global standards based on current condition, DSS mission, values and strategy, and frequent communication between Head of DPS and Site Director

  1. Manages DPS deployment in the plant
  2. Implements global standards considering as-is situation, DSS mission, values and strategy
  3. Defines, in accordance with DPS guidelines, together with Head of DPS and Site Director the yearly main objectives and priorities for DPS deployment
  4. Demonstrates high level understanding of operational process and procedures
  5. Demonstrates ability to think strategically, leveraging insight to successfully effect change

Essential Function 2

Develops the local implementation roadmap, manages the implementation activities, conducts internal DPS audits, and serves as ambassador and DPS enabler in the plant

  1. Cascades information/plans to plant, as agreed with Head of DPS, and communicates permanently with Head of DPS on
    1. Issue resolution/escalation and DPS deployment status
    2. DPS evolutions and best practices and benchmarks
  2. Mobilizes the organization through campaigns to enhance participation in CI activities and DPS deployment
  3. Demonstrates ability to effectively communicate to all levels of management
  4. Demonstrates strong communication skills, both verbal and written, with a proven ability to articulate key messages to all stake holders

Essential Function 3

Facilitates workshops and provides training and coaching to local organization to assure employee qualification in DPS methods and tools

  1. Responsible for facilitating the development and implementation of continuous improvement activities throughout the organization.  Responsible for recommending improvements to communication, monitoring and enforcement of standards throughout all levels of the Company
  2. Facilitates workshops and trains all employees in DPS methods and tools and guides local teams in the plant
  3. Assures employee qualification in DPS methods and tools, builds people capability locally
  4. Serves as ambassador and DPS enabler connecting front line engagement and leadership in the plant; Interface with stakeholders to make things happen
  5. Defines and triggers DPS training programs / qualification within the DPS system
  6. Provides all required support to train and coach DPS team in the deployment of the DPS tools
  7. Create Value Stream Maps (VSM) and lead root cause analysis and FMEA for problem solving processes to best ascertain solutions in areas of process efficiency, production yields, and cost efficiency/increasing profitability

Essential Function 4

Interacts within the global DPS excellence team to further develop DPS

  1. Prepares and conducts the DPS audits in cooperation with the Head of DPS according to the plan needs and DPS guidelines
  2. Based on the results of the DPS audits, defines and follows-up on an action plan, in collaboration with local management team
  3. Assures the organization is set-up as needed to run CI in the plant
  4. Establishes procedures consistent with Quality standards
  5. Creates work instructions that satisfy quality system requirements

Supervisory Responsibility

This position does not have supervisory responsibility.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to elements including environmental heat and high heat from moving mechanical parts, small parts may be encountered on the floor, and dust particles may float in the air.  Work is done in both office space and in the plant where safety is a critical concern.  PPE must be worn.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

This position requires moving about as much as 40% of the workday in and throughout the plant; and the occasional lifting of up to 25 pounds. This position can require occasional squatting, stooping, bending or crouching. Use of computer involves some repetitive motion. Business needs require that the employee in this position work an established 40-hour workweek and on occasion work additional hours outside of the standard schedule. Work is done in the plant where safety is a critical concern. Personal protective equipment must be worn including safety shoes, safety glasses, gloves and/or protection from high noise levels. Wear protective clothing such as a uniform, over suit, hair net, beard cover, etc. must also in designated areas. Workday flexibility and willingness to travel 25%.VISION: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.  HEARING: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position, and hours of work and days are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree is required, specialization in mechanical or industrial engineering is preferred
  • Three (3) to five (5) years’ experience in operations, continuous improvement or project management in a manufacturing setting is preferred
  • Three (3) years’ experience in implementing Lean Management, Production Management and/or Quality System Management in automotive, healthcare or consumer goods industry
  • Must have demonstrated success in development and implementation of CI and/or lean management
  • Training/facilitation skills and ability to lead people
  • Experience and knowledge of change management principles and methodologies
  • Travel requirement of 10% including international travel to other Datwyler production sites.


We Offer a Diverse and Global Working Environment
As a globally operating company, Datwyler offers a broad spectrum of job profiles and career opportunities. We offer ambitious individuals who approach their task with dedication and enthusiasm the right environment to excel and grow. This gives every employee the opportunity to influence the way we work. At Datwyler, we enable our employees to bring their talent to a global context and grow it steadily over time. Our employees are therefore at the very heart of Datwyler – we interact with respect, trust and loyalty. Mutual consideration and appreciation are key.