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Continuous Improvement Manager 

Division ARE - Truck Hero  
Location Massillon, OH - ARE  

At A.R.E., a Truck Hero Company, we proudly manufacture the nation's best fiberglass truck caps and hard tonneau covers - it's our identity and what we have been doing since we began manufacturing wood frame truck caps in 1969. To accomplish this, A.R.E. operates with a commitment to value, integrity and a great team of employees.

The Continuous Improvement Manager will oversee the continuous improvement / transformation activity for the business location. This role will lead and mentor a team of CI champions to support the transformation effort.  This position will work across the organization, including with peer CI Managers at other business units, and with the Central CI / Operational Excellence corporate support team to drive best practices and shared learnings.

The Continuous Improvement Manager will provide technical Lean Six Sigma content expertise and promote the use of Lean Six Sigma techniques to all resources as they work through the project lifecycle. The role will help to coach and mentor candidates to high-dollar, high-impact projects using operational excellence methodologies, particularly for complex business problems or large project clusters.

Position Requirements

Position Requirements:

  • Provide direction to resources through mentorship and technical assessment activities.
    • Mentor and coach on-site.
    • Direct each resource in timely completion of multiple projects per year.
    • Assist in developing realistic but aggressive timetables and expectations for the completion of each major phase of a project.
    • Conduct regular project reviews and acts as a technical advisor.
    • Determine application proficiency of resources and assess readiness.
  • Actively lead Lean manufacturing activities by being a change leader in the business. Influence change in all levels of the business, ensure proper and effective controls and reaction plans are put in place to realize long-term results, provide feedback through voicing concerns and suggesting improvements, and provide core support for training and peer development.
  • Lead the continuous improvement team to complete multiple projects annually. Manage continuous product/process improvement activities, resulting in reduced COPQ, DPU (Defects Per Unit), and/or cycle times, and increased productivity and sigma values.
  • Conduct Lean Manufacturing training. Plan and organize materials, environment, students, lecturers. Lead and/or assist in planning courses for all levels within the organization.
  • Create a positive learning environment that considers students expectations and abilities. Seek to clarify key concepts, check for understanding, and accept and act upon feedback provided.
  • Acts as a technical reference to Business Leaders on project development.
  • Manage the training curriculum by developing training materials for targeted audiences using appropriate timeframes and following adult learning theory models. Develop concepts and objectives. Explain, demonstrate, provide practical exercises, and summarize concepts. Actively seeks feedback from peers and students to improve current materials.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field required.
  • 5+ years of experience manufacturing industry is required.
  • 4+ year of experience in continuous improvement, Lean manufacturing is required.
  • Formal Lean training is required.
  • Experience in delivering technical training is required.

Pay and Benefits:

  • A.R.E offers competitive pay.
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision health insurance.
  • Company paid life insurance, short- & long-term disability.
  • A matched 401k savings program to plan and save for your retirement.
  • Educational assistance to continue in college or pursue additional skills and further your career.
  • Discounts on great Truck Hero products for you, your family, and friends.

What’s next?

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EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
Open Date 12/2/2021  
Req Number OPE-21-00054  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  

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