Manufacturing & Operations JobsContinuous Improvement Engineer

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  • Permanent
  • Cavan, Meath

Collins McNicholas

Continuous Improvement Engineer

Job Purpose:

To drive the performance of Board Plant operations in all aspects of daily performance KPI’s.

Key Accountabilities:

  1. Achieve and exceed Performance Targets Metrics
  2. 50% of EWO Step 2 closeouts
  3. Focused savings to achieve Availability gain.

Key Responsibilities:

Cost Deployment

  • Identify plant losses through the collection, stratification and analysis of data to facilitate and contribute to the cost deployment process
  • Identification of focussed improvement project selection
  • Produce an annual plan to attack identified losses

Plant operating standards (Health & Safety, Environmental, Quality)

  • Ensuring highest levels product quality control are met, including: assisting in improved product quality checks; aid in the design of quality procedures; product identification and classification; an investigation into customer complaints and subsequent actions
  • Ensure plant KPI targets are achieved daily
  • Diagnosing all line stops through the EWO process, ensuring appropriate/rigorous corrective and preventive actions are implemented for downtime events.
  • Weekly input and priority planning for maintenance items in scheduled maintenance with the Maintenance planning team.
  • Assist with mechanical, electrical, automation and process improvements through working with relevant departments daily.

Continuous improvement/WCM activity

  • Drive Focussed Improvement projects and activities on your line in line with site objectives and the annual plan, and any identified ‘pillar initiatives’
  • Assist in energy reduction through FI process & site energy wcm pillar team
  • Aid with EWO process, including human error analysis, attacking losses within the plant and strive to eliminate human error
  • Ensure development and integration of Standard Operating Procedures (including safe ops) to drive consistent performance
  • Develop new AM / PM activity on the line, in conjunction with the Maintenance & Boardplant management.
  • Use and promote the use of the correct WCM Tools – Advance, Major, Standard and Quick Kaizan, tagging.
  • Assist in the development of the SCADA process in conjunction with the plant’s automation road map
  • In collaboration with Process Engineers and other relevant individuals, contribute to recipe development.

Driving the team

Foster a high-performance team environment through engagement, buy-in and contribution by:

  • Identification and development of key skills and behaviours within the team against defined job/skills matrices
  • On-going coaching and development of individual team members
  • Communicating and driving team performance against identified targets and objectives
  • Giving constant feedback to the team and individuals and engaging/encouraging two-way communication


Essential Qualifications:

  • Degree or Relevant Qualifications
  • MS Office
  • Project Management
  • Lean / Six Sigma

Specific Work Experience

  • Demonstrable experience in a performance improvement role in a similar lean/WCM working environment.
  • Demonstrable project mgt execution and delivery
  • Ability to influence
  • Confident in delivering improvement proposals and recommendations
  • Team player internally and externally
  • Ability to anticipate the needs of the BP and prioritise
  • Adaptable, flexible and forward thinker
  • Good IT and report writing skills / effective communicator
  • Proven people mgt skills
  • Results-driven with demonstrable achievements of KPIs
  • Proven Practical Problem solving skills

For more information or a confidential discussion on the role, please contact David Lennon


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