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Job Title:  Continuous Improvement Manager

Req ID:  25055
Job Category:  Lean

Birmingham, AL, US, 35222


At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Position Summary

The Continuous Improvement Manager is responsible for leading process improvements through the implementation of the STERIS Business System (SBS) in support of lean transformation and sustainment throughout assigned facilities. The CI manager will deliver practical, hands-on training in SBS methodology and tools to eliminate waste in manufacturing and functional support areas.  Will work with/through the Director of Operations/ site leaders/GMs to implement and monitor the effectiveness of Continuous Improvement (both physical and cultural) in all aspects of assigned facilities.


Leads and drives lean transformation and change initiatives to create and sustain world-class, visually managed manufacturing operations site(s) for instantaneous recognition of waste in all areas.

Implements STERIS Business System continuous improvement activities in all major lean disciplines and in alignment with strategic initiatives and objectives.

Facilitates and/or conducts lean training programs, Kaizen events, and other lean initiatives. Assesses, coaches, and provides constructive feedback to teams to strengthen lean competencies at the site.

Serves as a change facilitator, develops and collaborates with site lean champions, and influences site leadership in the transformation to and/or in support of a continuous improvement culture

Develops and manages multiple processes, long and short-term, sustainable, lean-related visual action plans as well as assigned key projects.

Monitors existing and new processes for improvement opportunities in safety, quality, delivery, and cost through lean problem solving methodology.

Tracks, measures, and reports progress on improvements using standard, established Key Performance Indicators.

Duties - cont'd

Establish and monitor SQDC, 5S, Leader Standard Work and Hr. x Hr boards for compliance to standards and effective utilization

Assists in the preparation of budgets, schedules, and other financial reports particularly regarding the impact of and sustaining lean improvements, waste reduction, ROI, and as indicated by lean accounting principles

Organize and facilitate site Lean Steering Committees

Maintain professional and technical knowledge through benchmarking. world class lean manufacturing operations and personal technical training

Assists in the preparation of budgets, schedules, and other financial reports particularly regarding the impact of and sustaining lean improvements, waste reduction, ROI, and as indicated by lean accounting principles. Creates input to the Lean Scorecard and maintains its status to be current.

Provides team member guidance, development and supervision in the event of having direct report(s).

Education Degree

  • Bachelor's Degree

Required Experience

Bachelors’ degree in engineering, manufacturing, or related discipline along with 8 -10 years of demonstrated qualified lean experience in a leadership role.

Requires at least one successful Brownfield lean transformation at a plant level.

Knowledge and demonstrated understanding of lean tools: Toyota Productions System and methodologies such as: A3 Development and Management, Process Flow Mapping, Value Stream Mapping, 5S/Visual Factory, TPM, QCO-SMED, Standard Work, Process Problem Solving, Built In Quality, Just In Time, Kaizen/Continuous Improvement, Hoshin Kanri – SDP X Matrix, and Lean ROI.

Extensive Gemba based continuous improvement tools/techniques.

Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to integrate safety, ergonomics and 5S requirements within lean manufacturing and practices.


Bronze certification from AME/SME or the ability to certify within 6 months.

Lean certification from a recognized independent technical organization

Preferred Experience

Preferred experience with Shingijutsu consultants and mentoring by a recognized competent lean consultancy.



STERIS is a leading provider of products and services that meet the needs of growth areas within Healthcare: procedures, devices, vaccines and biologics.  We exist to fulfill our MISSION TO HELP OUR CUSTOMERS CREATE A HEALTHIER AND SAFER WORLD. STERIS is a $3B, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) company with approximately 16,000 associates and Customers in more than 100 countries.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please call 1 (440) 392.7047. This contact information is for accommodation inquiries only and cannot be used to check application status.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

The full affirmative action program, absent the data metrics required by § 60-741.44(k), shall be available to all employees and applicants for employment for inspection upon request. The program may be obtained at your location’s HR Office during normal business hours.

Req ID:  25055
Job Category:  Lean

Birmingham, AL, US, 35222

Nearest Major Market: Birmingham

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