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Title:  Continuous Improvement Manager

Req ID:  10833
Category:  Lean
City:  Cleveland
State:  OH
Postal Code:  44113

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 business. The CI manager will deliver practical, hands-on training in SBS methodology and tools to eliminate waste in manufacturing, service, commercial operations and functional support areas.  Will work with/through the president or business VP, Director of Operations/ site leaders/GMs to implement and monitor the effectiveness of Continuous Improvement (both physical and cultural) in all aspects of assigned business. 


  • Leads and drives lean transformation and change initiatives to create and sustain world-class, visually managed manufacturing operations site(s), service and commercial operations 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 leaders, teams and individuals to strengthen lean competencies throughout the business. 
  • Serves as a change facilitator, develops and collaborates with lean champions and lean facilitators, and influences business 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 visual, standard, established Key Performance Indicators.
  • Assists in the preparation of budgets, schedules, and other financial reports particularly regarding the impact of and sustaining of lean improvements, waste reduction, ROI, and as indicated by lean accounting principles.
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge through benchmarking. world class lean operations and personal technical training
  • Organize and facilitate business Lean Steering Committees
  • Establish and monitor SQDC, 5S, Leader Standard Work, Hr. x Hr. boards and other performance management boards for compliance to standards and effective utilization
  • Initiate, maintain and share business developed “best practices”.

Education/License, Experience and Skills Preferred

  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing or similar Lean experts  Lean Certification or training desirable.
  • Business process kaizen leadership training and/or experience, desirable.
  • Experience working with Shingijutsu or similar globally recognized Lean consulting firms.
  • At least one successful lean transformation experience desired, preferably at a “brown field” site.

Education/License, Experience and Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, manufacturing, or related technical discipline required.
  • Lean manufacturing (related) training required, preferably from Shingijutsu or internationally recognized certification body (SME/AME/ASQ/Shingo).
  • Minimum of 10 years of demonstrated qualified lean manufacturing experience in a leadership role required.
  • Thorough knowledge and demonstrated understanding of Toyota Production System and methodologies such as: Process Flow Mapping, Value Stream Mapping, 5S/Visual Management, TPM, QCO-SMED, Standard Work, A3 Development and Management, Process Problem Solving and root cause analysis (PDCA), Quality at the Source, Just In Time, Kaizen/Continuous Improvement, abnormality management, Strategy/Policy Deployment, project management, cellular and model line development.
  • Extensive Gemba based continuous improvement tools/techniques.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to integrate safety, ergonomics and 5S requirements within lean operations.
  • Proficiency with personal computer applications, required (Excel, Word, Visio, MS Project and Power Point).
  • Superior and demonstrated leadership, team building, communication, presentation, interpersonal, and coaching skills and the ability to ensure accountability.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast paced and changing environment with multiple priorities and achieve results.
  • Ability to interpret equipment schematics and blueprints and interface effectively in technical situations.
  • Ability to mentor and facilitate lean culture development in an environment with varying degrees of acceptance.
  • Incumbent must exercise independent and group problem solving skills to meet the objectives as assigned along with opportunities captured by lean events and activities.


STERIS is a $2B+, publically traded (NYSE: STE) organization with approximately 12,000 associates worldwide and operates 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.

Req ID:  10833
Category:  Lean
City:  Cleveland
State:  OH
Postal Code:  44113

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