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Continuous Improvement Leader 

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About the Organization Headquartered in Solon, Ohio, HDT Global is the industry leader in engineering, designing and manufacturing leading-edge military expeditionary products, rugged industrial/commercial products, and products for medical rehabilitation. Our product lines include shelters, heaters, environmental control units (ECUs), power generators, chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear (CBRN) air filtration and collective protection systems, military vehicles, perimeter protection systems, and robotics including manipulator arms, vehicles, and healthcare solutions.

Additionally, HDT’s success and longevity is based on the full range of engineering services we offer, including design, analysis, testing, validation, training, and installation. These services provide the foundation of our innovation, providing ongoing research and development.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location HDT (Florence, KY)  


This position is responsible for leading continuous improvement, waste elimination and lean manufacturing methodologies throughout the facility and its processes. Provides significant input in identifying and prioritizing Continuous Improvement (CI) projects. Plans and conducts CI projects/activities, and supervises at least one direct report employee.


  • Develops a clear and compelling Continous Improvement Strategy for their location in close cooperation with Site Management and Director of Business Process Improvments
  • Works with Operations Management to identify opportunities for improvement, gathering data, analyzing and developing improvements and innovations, using statistical analyses and waste elimination techniques
  • Actively seeks and evaluates process improvements in the plant and translates them in CI projects helping to increase output and efficiency in the plant
  • Proposes and leads Continuous Improvement projects in the plant to achieve expected benefits and participates in and coordinates the development of CI project plans including assigning roles and responsibilities
  • Develops reports at plant level of all Continuous Improvement activities including accomplishments, participation, projected activities, and anticipated needs
  • Organizes, facilitates, documents and reports rapid improvement events
  • Works with business leadership to develop key performance measurements and reporting
  • Provides lean/CI training for production teams
  • Provides knowledge transfer, training and coaching on lean concepts and techniques
  • Teaches, demonstrates and coordinates Lean implementation and activities on the shop floor such as Kanban, Material Conveyance, Production flow, Super Market design and deployment, Value Stream Mapping, Takt time analysis, Problem-Solving, Standardized work, Set-up reduction, 5S, Visual Workplace, Error-Proofing, TPM, Visual Factory, Kaizen, scheduling, etc.
  • Assists plant value stream teams in sustaining gains achieved in lean efforts
  • Sets lean reporting (projects and financials) system, and reports regularly to Line and functional management
  • Supports, communicates, reinforces and defends the mission, values and culture of the organization
  • Adheres to all quality and safety standards
  • Supports other projects and performs duties as assigned

Position Requirements


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility listed above satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • BS/BA from accredited school preferred


  • 5 years of experience in manufacturing (fabrication and assembly) vironment leading and participating in Continuous Improvement events involving cross functional team members
  • Extensive experience in implementing improvements using Lean, Six Sigma, and other recognized process improvement methodologies such as Value Stream mapping, Standard Work, Mitting, Pull Systems, Mistake proofing, Kanban
  • SAP and Wave Analytics experience a plus


  • Demonstrated ability to effectively facilitate improvement workshops that include key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated skills in managing significant business improvement activities to successful and timely completion, resulting in tangible and measurable program benefits
  • Change agent with strong credibility and influence in the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate others and achieve results
  • Demonstrated solid performance, leadership and experience in lean concepts and execution
  • Demonstrated commitment for process improvement with results
  • Demonstrated strong verbal and written communication skills with facilitation experience
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work in groups and/or independently as required
  • Ability to engage and align with minimal oversight
  • High energy, positive attitude
  • Able to distill various inputs into a clear and concise summary
  • Emotionally resilient
  • Possesses quality orientation and high attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills; able to communicate effectively with management and personnel at all levels
  • Must be able to deal with rapid pace of change while balancing and adjusting priorities
  • High level communication and negotiation skills that facilitate interaction between key stakeholders
  • Possesses strong computer skills with demonstrated proficiency in standard business software packages (e.g., Microsoft Office) including Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Visio

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